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Climatic conditions may have affected the incidence of influenza during the pandemic of 2009 as well as at other times. This study evaluated the effects of climatic conditions on influenza incidence in Okinawa, a subtropical region in Japan, during the 2009 pandemic using surveillance data from rapid antigen test (RAT) results. Weekly RAT results(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to retrospectively analyse the treatment results of clinically localised angiosarcoma of the scalp and face. METHODS The records of 48 patients who were treated between 1987 and 2009 were reviewed. single modality or a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy were administered. The(More)
BACKGROUND Though a few reports have summarized the computed tomography (CT) findings of pulmonary metastases from angiosarcoma, the detailed CT findings of cysts are not well known, except for their characteristic thin walls. PURPOSE To retrospectively summarize the CT findings of pulmonary metastases from angiosarcoma, focusing mainly on the CT findings(More)
Migration and differentiation of monocytes to the intima of blood vessels may be a crucial first step in the development of atherosclerosis associated with Chlamydia (Chlamydophila) pneumoniae. However, the involvement of C. pneumoniae infection in such steps is not clear. In the present study, therefore, the differentiation-inducing activity of C.(More)
Chlamydia (Chlamydophila) pneumoniae is a common respiratory pathogen, and it seems likely that alveolar macrophages may have an important role in infection with this bacterium. In the present study, we examined the usefulness of a continuous cell line of murine alveolar macrophages, designated "MH-S," as an in vitro C. pneumoniae infection model. Infection(More)
The obligate intracellular pathogen Chlamydia (Chlamydophila) pneumoniae is known to be associated with some chronic inflammatory diseases, such as atherosclerosis. Interaction between C. pneumoniae and immune cells is important in the development of such diseases. However, susceptibility of immune cells, particularly lymphocytes, to C. pneumoniae infection(More)
Since current studies indicate the possible involvement of Chlamydia pneumoniae in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS), demonstration of C. pneumoniae in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with MS is highly desirable. However, there is controversy concerning the detection of C. pneumoniae in CSFs from MS patients due to the lack of a standard(More)
BACKGROUND Because it has been increasingly recognized that Chlamydia pneumoniae may be linked to some chronic inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis, detection of this pathogen in blood from patients may be valuable in the diagnosis of such diseases. However, the prevalence of chlamydia in the blood of healthy donors has not yet been extensively(More)
We report here a case of culture-proven Legionnaires' disease successfully treated with intravenous injection of pazufloxacin mesilate (PZFX), a fluoroquinolone newly approved in Japan. The patient was a 51-year-old man hospitalized after a diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia. Legionella pneumophila SG1 was isolated from the patient's bronchoalveolar(More)
Chlamydia pneumoniae is an obligate intracellular bacterium and has a unique development cycle consisting of an elementary body (EB) and reticular body (RB). EBs survive in extracellular environments as well as infect susceptible host cells. However, EBs display no measurable metabolic activity. In contrast, RBs are metabolically active and can replicate in(More)