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BACKGROUND Colonoscopic polypectomy of large polyps may be associated with complications such as bleeding. Use of a detachable snare may reduce the risk of bleeding. We describe several instances in which the use of such a device proved to be ineffective. METHODS A detachable snare was used for colonoscopic polypectomy of large polyps in 18 patients (20(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Lymph node dissection has been carried out for two decades in Japan, resulting in improved survival of patients with gastric cancer. By analyzing dissected nodes of resected advanced gastric cancers, we intend to determine which parameter(s) are more concerned in node metastasis. PATIENTS AND METHODS Curative gastrectomy with dissection of(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to clarify the clinicopathological characteristics of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) in Japanese patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). METHODS The clinicopathological findings of 7 patients with IBD whose definite AIP was diagnosed in our hospital according to the International Consensus Diagnostic(More)
Root zone high-temperature stress is a major factor limiting hydroponic plant growth during the high-temperature season. The effects of root zone cooling (RZC; at 25°C) and exogenous spermidine (Spd) root-pretreatment (SRP, 0.1 mM) on growth, leaf photosynthetic traits, and chlorophyll fluorescence characteristics of hydroponic Lactuca sativa L. grown in a(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To clarify whether or not use of an endoscopic biliary stenting (EBS) is superior to endoscopic nasobiliary drainage (ENBD) in cases of acute cholangitis due to choledocholithiasis. METHODOLOGY Of 447 patients with choledocholithiasis who were treated in the Department of Gastroenterology, Fukuoka University Chikushi Hospital between(More)
Greenhouses with sophisticated environmental control systems, or so-called plant factories with solar light, enable growers to achieve high yields of produce with desirable qualities. In a greenhouse crop with high planting density, low photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) at the lower leaves tends to limit plant growth, especially in the winter when(More)
luorescence microscopy is generally used for the research of biology, medical sciences and other life science fields. Especially, recent advances in laser technologies and in optical engineering have made it possible to investigate the nanoscale mechanisms of physiological and molecular biological processes and thus to extend its application to pathological(More)
We have created a high-density gas of interacting positronium (Ps) atoms by irradiating a thin film of nanoporous silica with intense positron bursts and measured the Ps lifetime using a new single-shot technique. When the positrons were compressed to 3.3 x 10(10) cm-2, the apparent intensity of the orthopositronium lifetime component was found to decrease(More)
Positronium time of flight (Ps-TOF) was measured by implanting slow positron pulses at variable energies into a nano-architectural silica thin film with two-dimensionally connected cage-like pores to investigate a continuity of the self-organized extremely thin diffusion barrier between the pores. By comparing a capped and open-pored low-k film, we found a(More)
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