Tetsuo Sakamaki

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BACKGROUND Few studies have examined the association of perceived health with socio-economic status, especially income, and social isolation and support in Japan. The purpose of this study is to clarify the associations among perceived health, lifestyle, and socio-economic status, as well as social isolation and support factors, in middle-aged and elderly(More)
The beneficial effects of raloxifene, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, on cardiovascular risks and events have been investigated. Brachial arterial flow-mediated vasodilatation (FMD), carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), and pulse wave velocity (PWV) have been widely used in clinical settings as surrogate markers of atherosclerosis. This study(More)
BACKGROUND Although the origin of cardiac myxomas is still controversial, the 2 main hypotheses are that the tumor cells originate either from multipotential mesenchymal cells or from endocardial neural tissue. METHODS AND RESULTS The production of various cytokines in 2 human cardiac myxoma cell lines was examined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to compare doctor-patient communications in clinical consultations via telemedicine technology to doctor-patient communications in face-to-face clinical consultations. METHOD Five doctors who had been practicing internal medicine for 8 to 18 years, and twenty patients were enrolled in this study; neither doctors(More)
OBJECTIVE Although the polymorphisms of the cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA4) gene have been shown to be associated with Type 1 diabetes in Caucasians, some conflicting results have been reported among subjects of different ethnic backgrounds. We examined a CTLA4 polymorphism and its relationship to human leucocyte antigen (HLA) genotypes and(More)
The effects and reliability of a simple method of contrast two-dimensional echocardiographic delineation of myocardium after intracoronary injections were evaluated in closed-chest dogs. Multiple injections of an agitated saline-Renografin (meglumine diatrizoate) mixture (3:2 ratio, 2-ml bolus) into the left main coronary artery as well as at different(More)
The association between human leukocyte antigens and primary biliary cirrhosis is controversial, but major histocompatibility complex class II antigen DR8 was recently reported to be associated with increased susceptibility for primary biliary cirrhosis in some Caucasians and Japanese. Accordingly, we performed DNA typing of HLA class II genes in Japanese(More)
Quantitative computed tomography and 3 dimensional modeling were used to portray the deformity of the proximal femur in 24 Japanese adults with low subluxations to high dislocations secondary to developmental dysplasia of the hip. Periosteal and canal bony contours were extracted, 3 dimensional models generated, and morphologic parameters were calculated(More)
Japanese IDDM patients have been demonstrated to have unique and different HLA associations from white patients. To elucidate the effect of HLA-associated genetic factors on the clinical heterogeneity of IDDM in Japanese people, HLA-DRB1, DQA1, and DQB1 genotypes in 88 childhood-onset Japanese IDDM patients were examined by polymerase chain(More)