Takeshi Shibata

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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the prognostic role of different clinico-pathological parameters in node-positive patients treated by radical cystectomy. METHODS A retrospective multi-institutional study of 435 patients who underwent radical cystectomy between 1990 and 2005 was carried out. Of them, pathological lymph node (LN) metastases were found in 83(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the role of lymph-node (LN) dissection in patients undergoing surgery for upper urinary tract (UUT) cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS We reviewed the clinicopathological data from 312 patients with UUT cancer treated predominantly by nephroureterectomy. The relationship between clinical characteristics and cancer-specific survival (CSS)(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop an acrylic resin with antifungal properties by leveraging the photocatalytic activity of apatite-coated titanium dioxide (Ap-TiO2). Candida albicans was used for antifungal activity assay of the specimen plates under ultraviolet A (UVA) with a black light source. Statistically significant decreases in cell viability(More)
This paper studies five real-world data intensive workflow applications in the fields of natural language processing, astronomy image analysis, and web data analysis. Data intensive workflows are increasingly becoming important applications for cluster and Grid environments. They open new challenges to various components of workflow execution environments(More)
Hemostatic abnormalities in 26 patients following bone marrow transplantation (BMT) were examined. In the event-free survival group, the plasma levels of antithrombin (AT) and protein C (PC) were significantly decreased 1 and 2 weeks after BMT, and the plasma levels of thrombomodulin (TM) and tissue plasminogen activator-plasminogen activator inhibitor-1(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the pathological features and clinical course of intravesical recurrence after nephroureterectomy (NU) for upper urinary tract (UUT) cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Among 325 patients undergoing NU with bladder cuff excision for UUT cancer, in this retrospective multi-institutional study we evaluated 113 who developed bladder tumour(More)
OBJECTIVES Specific materials when used in the manufacture of dentures can enhance the elimination of micro-organisms to promote oral hygiene. We used Candida albicans adhesion assays, methylene blue (MB)-decomposition tests and mechanical property tests to evaluate the photocatalytic properties of acrylic resin containing fluoridated apatite-coated(More)
Distributing large data to many nodes, known as a broadcast or a multicast, is an important operation in parallel and distributed computing. Most previous broadcast algorithms explicitly or implicitly try to deliver data to all nodes in the same rate. This assumption is reasonable for homogeneous environments where all nodes have similar receiving(More)
The challenge of speech modification is to flexibly modify the speech without degrading speech quality. The conventional methods are limited by their inability to flexibly control speech signals in time and frequency domains. This causes degradation of the quality of modified speech. This paper proposes a highquality analysis/synthesis method for speech(More)