Mika Enomoto

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Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is one of the adipocytokines. We evaluated whether serum levels of HGF are related to the metabolic syndrome. A total of 1474 subjects of a general population free of liver, kidney, and lung diseases received a health examination. We measured blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, fasting plasma glucose, lipid(More)
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) are strong predictors of atherosclerosis. Statin-induced changes in the ratio of LDL-C to HDL-C (LDL-C/HDL-C) predicted atherosclerosis progression better than LDL-C or HDL-C alone. However, the best predictor of subclinical atherosclerosis remains unknown. Our(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with cancer, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is elevated and is a predictor of prognosis. We investigated whether serum HGF was a predictive marker for cancer death in a population of community-dwelling Japanese. METHODS We studied 1492 apparently healthy Japanese adults who underwent health examinations in 1999. Those who reported a(More)
Aldosterone plays a role in hypertension, and hypertension is prevalent in patients with insulin resistance. Cross-sectional studies have reported that plasma aldosterone levels are higher in patients with insulin resistance. However, it is not known whether plasma aldosterone levels predict the development of insulin resistance. Subjects of the present(More)
The aim of this paper is to develop animated agents that can control multimodal instruction dialogues by monitoring user's behaviors. First, this paper reports on our Wizard-of-Oz experiments, and then, using the collected corpus, proposes a probabilis-tic model of fine-grained timing dependencies among multimodal communication behaviors: speech, gestures,(More)
In this paper, we propose a scheme for annotating utterance-level units in Japanese dialogs, which emerged from an analysis of the interrelationship among four schemes, i) inter-pausal units, ii) intonation units, iii) clause units, and iv) pragmatic units. The associations among the labels of these four units were illustrated by multiple correspondence(More)
This paper reports on automatic prediction of dialog acts and address types in three-party conversations. In multi-party interaction, dialog structure becomes more complex compared to one-to-one case, because there is more than one hearer for an utterance. To cope with this problem, we predict dialog acts and address types simultaneously on our framework.(More)
AIMS/INTRODUCTION Ezetimibe lowers serum lipid levels by inhibiting intestinal absorption of dietary and biliary cholesterol. However, the effect of ezetimibe on insulin resistance remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to examine this issue in patients with metabolic syndrome in local-dwelling Japanese, who were not being treated with(More)
We investigated the relationship between augmentation index (AI) and smoking habits in community-dwelling Japanese.This cross-sectional study enrolled 1926 subjects (769 males and 1157 females) aged 40 to 95 years who underwent a health check-up in a Japanese cohort of the Seven Countries Study, in Tanushimaru, a typical farming town in Kyushu Island in(More)