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OBJECTIVES Intense noise exposure having been observed in vicinal areas around the U.S. military airfields in Okinawa, Japan, suggests the possibility of adverse effects on fetal growth, as studies have reported such effects around other airfields. This study analyzes the birth records in Okinawa prefecture and investigates whether lower birth weights of(More)
This paper reports our experience with the digitization project, "Digital Archive of Toyo Bunko Rare Books." The mission of this project is to make rare books accessible to the public through our Web site. This paper describes the image analysis aspect of this project from the viewpoint of digitization workflow, starting from image capture to Web site(More)
Adult T cell lymphoma-leukemia (ATL) is a highly aggressive disease and allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation (allo-HSCT) is the only therapeutic option for achieving a cure. However, some ATL patients cannot undergo HSCT. One of the important reasons for restricting HSCT in ATL is the high incidence of pulmonary complications associated with ATL(More)
This paper briefly describes the basic concepts and current status of portal sites that National Institute of Informatics (NII) is involved in the design and operation for the Digital Silk Roads (DSR) Project. These portal sites aim at disseminating and sharing cultural heritage information related to Silk Roads. This paper introduces two portal sites,(More)
Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a sensor for cellular energy status. When the cellular energy level is decreased, AMPK is activated and functions to suppress energy-consuming processes, including protein synthesis. Recently, AMPK has received attention as an attractive molecular target for cancer therapy. Several studies have(More)
We first introduce our digital archive called``Toyo Bunko Digital Archive.'' The target of this digital archive is Silk Roads-related rare books written in European languages, and now the archive has more than 5600 images from 27 rare books. The digitization of those books is performed using professional digital cameras, following the automatic processes to(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the association between aircraft noise exposure as expressed by Weighted Equivalent Continuous Perceived Noise Level (WECPNL) and preschool children's misbehaviours around the Kadena and Futenma airfields in Okinawa. METHODS A questionnaire survey on children's misbehaviour was conducted in nursery schools and kindergartens(More)
Spontaneous rupture of the spleen is a rare but important complication in hematological malignancies. Without splenectomy, the mortality rate of these patients is nearly 100%. We present a blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm case with this complication. Nine days after initiation of chemotherapy, the patient had increased epigastric pain and a drop(More)