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BACKGROUND Although the number of patients and incidence rate of Kawasaki disease (KD) are increasing in Japan, the most recent epidemiologic features of KD are not known. METHODS The 21st nationwide survey of KD was conducted in 2011 and included patients treated for the disease in 2009 and 2010. Hospitals specializing in pediatrics, and hospitals with a(More)
BACKGROUND The number of patients and incidence rate of Kawasaki disease (KD) are increasing in Japan. We have therefore characterized the latest epidemiological information on KD. METHODS The 22nd nationwide survey of KD, which targeted patients diagnosed with KD in 2011 and 2012, was conducted in 2013 and included a total of 1983 departments and(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac lesions, such as coronary dilatation, aneurysms, narrowing, myocardial infarction, and valvular lesions, sometimes occur in Kawasaki disease, but most studies have only evaluated cardiac lesions in the later phase of the disease. This study was undertaken to clarify the related factors between cardiac lesions and laboratory data in the(More)
BACKGROUND The long-term outcomes of Kawasaki disease (KD) are unknown. METHODS Fifty-two collaborating hospitals collected data on all patients who had received a new definite diagnosis of KD between July 1982 and December 1992. Patients were followed until December 31, 2009 or death. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) were calculated based on Japanese(More)
OBJECT Syringomyelia is a rare disease commonly caused by Chiari I malformation. Surgery by neurosurgeons and orthopedists is a critical treatment for symptomatic patients, and surgical techniques are associated with improved symptoms for these patients. The aim of this study was to determine the different surgical techniques used by neurosurgeons and(More)
PURPOSE To describe differences in physical activity in the context of clustering patterns of health-promoting behaviors. DESIGN A cross-sectional study with 1724 participants (response rate, 91.1%). SETTING Tadami Town, in a rural area of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. SUBJECTS Part of the general population who participated in annual health checkups(More)
BACKGROUND Syringomyelia is a rare disease characterized by abnormal fluid-filled cavities within the spinal cord, and is associated with Chiari malformations, arachnoiditis, or spinal cord tumors. The widespread availability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in Japan has allowed for easy identification of syrinxes. The aim of this study was to survey the(More)
OBJECTIVES Although hypertension is the primary cause of morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular diseases in Mongolia, reviews about hypertension in this country have not been reported, to our knowledge. Information on the overview of this disease may be useful to establish measures and policy to prevent hypertension and its related complications. The(More)
OBJECTIVE It is well known that manganese (Mn) exposure is involved in parkinsonism. The aim of our study was to test the hypotheses that Mn affects nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) activity, increases the metabolism of nicotinamide (NA) to 1-methylnicotinamide (MNA), and leads to neurocytotoxicity. METHODS Following demonstration of the effects of(More)
A 71-year-old woman with a solitary mucinous cystic neoplasm of the pancreatic tail complained of back pain. A laproscopic distal pancreatectomy was performed. Laparosonic coagulating shears (LCS) were employed for dissection of the surrounding tissue and transection of the pancreas. The main pancreatic duct was clipped. There was no evidence of bleeding or(More)