Satoshi Kato

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Very little research has been conducted on taste imagery because of the difficulty of doing so. We conducted a functional magnetic resonance imaging study to observe cerebral activation patterns produced in volunteers concentrating on pickled plums (umeboshi), a traditional Japanese food with a strong and sour taste. Activation was observed in the right(More)
BACKGROUND Total en bloc spondylectomy (TES) is a surgery designed to achieve complete resection of a malignant spinal tumor such as spinal metastasis. Although this procedure decreases the rate of local recurrence, it is questionable whether local control prolongs patient's survival. We developed a "second-generation TES" that brings about TES enhancing(More)
Galanin-like peptide (GALP), discovered in the porcine hypothalamus, is expressed predominantly in the arcuate nucleus (ARC), a feeding-controlling center. Intracerebroventricular injection of GALP has been shown to stimulate food intake in the rats. However, the mechanisms underlying the orexigenic effect of GALP are unknown. The present study aimed to(More)
Biodegradable plastics (BPs) have attracted much attention since more than a decade because they can easily be degraded by microorganisms in the environment. The development of aliphatic-aromatic co-polyesters has combined excellent mechanical properties with biodegradability and an ideal replacement for the conventional nondegradable thermoplastics. The(More)
Mycobacterium abscessus infections rarely develop in healthy individuals, and mostly they occur in immunocompromised hosts. Vertebral osteomyelitis due to Mycobacterium abscessus is very rare and only three previous cases of spinal infection caused by Mycobacterium abscessus have been reported. Mycobacterium abscessus isolates are uniformly resistant to(More)
Tissue engineering and cell therapies are currently being leveraged to find improved treatment strategies in orthopaedics. Adipose stem cells have been considered for their potential to differentiate into different cell lineages. The potential of adipose stem cells to restore chondral, bone and tendon tissue has been demonstrated in vivo and in vitro(More)
Oseltamivir (Tamiflu), a neuraminidase inhibitor, is effective for treating both seasonal flu and H5N1 influenza A virus infection. Oseltamivir is generally well tolerated, and its most common adverse effects are nausea and vomiting. However, neuropsychiatric behaviors including jumping and falling from balconies by young patients being treated by(More)
AIM To evaluate the severity of depression by measuring alterations in prefrontal cortical activity associated with mood disorders, as assessed on near-infrared spectroscopy. METHODS Ten of 27 subjects hospitalized for late-life depression from May 2006 to June 2007, were examined. In these 10 subjects changes in hemoglobin concentration were measured on(More)