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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to develop a new data-mining model to predict axillary lymph node (AxLN) metastasis in primary breast cancer. To achieve this, we used a decision tree-based prediction method-the alternating decision tree (ADTree). METHODS Clinical datasets for primary breast cancer patients who underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy or(More)
PURPOSE We investigated the significance of CD24 and CD44 expression for predicting responses to chemotherapy and prognosis in primary breast cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Diagnosis of breast cancer was confirmed by core needle biopsy, and immunohistochemical studies were performed. Preoperatively, patients received anthracycline-containing(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Oxidative DNA damage occurs as an early event in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and is an indication of the potential for carcinogenesis. The aim of this study was to test a novel antioxidant/immunomodulator in patients with HCV-related cirrhosis. METHODS The study group consisted of 50 patients with HCV-related cirrhosis with(More)
Moderate to severe migraine attacks are treated with triptans. However, about 25% of migraineurs fail to respond to triptans. We investigated the involvement of gene polymorphisms, personality traits and characteristics of headache, and made a scoring system for prediction of clinical response to triptans in patients with migraine. Gene polymorphisms(More)
We investigated the disease-free survival (DFS) of HER2-positive primary breast cancer patients treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus trastuzumab, as well as predictive factors for DFS and pathologic response. Data from 829 female patients treated between 2001 and 2010 were collected from 38 institutions in Japan. Predictive factors were evaluated(More)
Our study group consisted of 54 elderly patients without major invalidating diseases who were randomly divided into two fully matched groups. Group A was given a certified fermented papaya preparation 9 g/day by mouth, while group B received placebo. Treatment was carried out in a cross-over manner with a 3-month supplementation followed by a 6-week washout(More)
Of 875 strains of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from human source clinical specimens, 37 (4.2%) were encapsulated strains. These were all negative for clumping factor and could not be typed with bacteriophages or by serology. Twenty-one of these did not produce any hemolysins, 15 produced alpha hemolysin, 1 produced beta hemolysin, and 1 produced both beta(More)
In prokaryotic genomes, some DNA methyltransferases form a restriction-modification gene complex, but some others are present by themselves. Dcm gene product, one of these orphan methyltransferases found in Escherichia coli and related bacteria, methylates DNA to generate 5'-C(m)CWGG just as some of its eukaryotic homologues do. Vsr mismatch repair function(More)
During cardiomyocyte development, early embryonic ventricular cells show spontaneous activity that disappears at a later stage. Dramatic changes in action potential are mediated by developmental changes in individual ionic currents. Hence, reconstruction of the individual ionic currents into an integrated mathematical model would lead to a better(More)