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The financial burden of medical expenses has been increasing for cancer patients. We investigated the relationship between household income and financial burden among patients with chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML) who have been treated with imatinib. A questionnaire was distributed to 1200 patients between May and August 2009. We retrospectively surveyed(More)
BACKGROUND Islet transplantation has become an option for the treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and is usually performed using brain-dead heartbeating donors. However, we have very limited number of such donors in Japan; therefore, it is not allowed to perform islet transplantation with brain-dead donors. In order to perform islet(More)
The quality of donor pancreata is important for successful islet isolation. However, in some countries like Japan, the number of donor pancreata is very low; therefore, marginal donors have been used with less restrictive donor criteria. In order to use marginal donor pancreata, we established the Kyoto islet isolation method (KIIM). According to United(More)
Recently, we demonstrated that islet transplantation from non-heart-beating donors (NHBDs) using the Kyoto islet isolation method (KIIM) successfully reversed patients' diabetes state. In this study, we evaluated the effects of donor- and isolation-related variables on islet isolation results from NHBDs by KIIM. Twenty-one islet preparations from the(More)
BACKGROUND Allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a curative treatment for patients with advanced hematologic malignancies. However, the long-term mental health issues of siblings who were not selected as donors (non-donor siblings, NDS) in the transplantation have not been well assessed. Data mining is useful in discovering new findings from(More)
Evaluation of engrafted islets mass is important for clinical care of patients after islet transplantation. Recently, we developed the secretory unit of islet transplant objects (SUITO) index, which reflected engrafted islet mass. In this study, we evaluated the SUITO index for the prediction of clinical outcome after single islet transplantation. Single(More)
The more manga (Japanese graphic novels) communicate medical information, the more people are likely to be influenced by manga. We investigated through an Internet search using Google the characteristics of medical manga published in Japan, defined as those in which the main character is a medical professional and that occur in a medical setting. As of(More)
The purpose of this study is to evaluate patients' perspective about beta-cell replacement therapies. 105 Japanese type 1 diabetic patients answered questionnaire on current treatments, transplantation and necessity of psychosomatic therapy. The motivation of receiving transplantation seems to become insulin-free. Providing adequate information is necessary(More)
Islet cell transplantation is a minimally invasive procedure which effectively controls blood glucose level for diabetic patients but is considered as experimental. After islet transplantation, type 1 diabetic patients could become insulin free with stable glycemic control. But for long term effects, only stable glycemic control was maintained and not(More)
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