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OBJECTIVES Bell's palsy has recently been claimed to be caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection. The anti-viral agent acyclovir is a specific inhibitor of herpesvirus replication, and the most effective agent for the treatment herpesvirus infection. The purpose of this experiment was to assess the effect of acyclovir on the facial nerve(More)
Certain types of satellite failures, such as broadcast ephemeris messages that do not correspond to true satellite locations, can be difficult to detect by a Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS) ground facility (LGF) because satellites are observed from reference antennas that are very close together. Although ephemeris failures large enough to threaten(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the therapeutic effects of acyclovir and prednisolone in relation to the timing of treatment in Bell's palsy. STUDY DESIGN This was a retrospective study of 480 Bell's palsy patients who were treated with oral acyclovir and prednisolone (94 cases) or prednisolone alone (386 cases). PATIENTS Patients met the after criteria: (1)(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the high-resolution computed tomography (CT) findings of familial idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). METHODS High-resolution CT scans obtained in 9 consecutive patients with biopsy-proven familial IPF were reviewed. The presence, distribution, and extent of various CT findings were evaluated. RESULTS(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effects of valacyclovir and prednisolone in comparison with those of placebo and prednisolone for the treatment of Bell's palsy, excluding zoster sine herpete. STUDY DESIGN Prospective, multicenter, randomized placebo-controlled study. SETTING Six academic tertiary referral centers. PATIENTS Ultimately, 221 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Japan has still been increasing. The aim of the present study was to analyze the epidemiological trend of HCC in the western area of Japan, Kyushu. MATERIAL/METHODS A total of 10,010 patients with HCC diagnosed between 1996 and 2008 in the Liver Cancer study group of Kyushu (LCSK), were(More)
AIM   Non-hepatitis B virus/non-hepatitis C virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma (NBNC-HCC) is often detected at an advanced stage, and the pathology associated with the staging of NBNC-HCC remains unclear. Data mining is a set of statistical techniques which uncovers interactions and meaningful patterns of factors from a large data collection. The aims(More)