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Hidekuni Inadera
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November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Li Liu, Weiping Chen, Min Nie, Fengjuan Zhang, Yu Wang, Ailing He, Xiaonan Wang, Gen Yan
OBJECTIVES: To handle the emergence of the regional healthcare ecosystem, physicians and surgeons in various departments and healthcare institutions must process medical images securely, conveniently, and efficiently, and must integrate them with electronic medical records (EMRs). In this manuscript, we propose a software as a service (SaaS) cloud called the iMAGE cloud. METHODS: A three-layer hybrid cloud was created to provide medical image processing services in the smart city of Wuxi, China, in April 2015...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Nur Nadia Mohamed, See Ling Loy, Che Nin Man, Abdullah Al-Mamun, Hamid Jan Jan Mohamed
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study are to determine parental and children's hair nicotine levels, their relationships as well as to investigate the association of smoking status of the fathers with mothers' and children's hair nicotine. METHODS: A cross-sectional study design was conducted among 124 families who were participants of the Universiti Sains Malaysia Pregnancy Cohort Study. Both parents with their 2 years old children joined this study. A total of 92 hair samples of fathers, 124 hair samples of mothers and 111 hair samples of children were collected and analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
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November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Channa Jayasumana, Omesh Ranasinghe, Sachini Ranasinghe, Imalka Siriwardhana, Sarath Gunatilake, Sisira Siribaddana
OBJECTIVE: Chronic Interstitial Nephritis in Agricultural Communities (CINAC) causes major morbidity and mortality for farmers in North-Central province (NCP) of Sri Lanka. To prevent the CINAC, reverse osmosis (RO) plants are established to purify the water and reduce the exposure to possible nephrotoxins through drinking water. We assessed RO plant maintenance and efficacy in NCP. METHODS: We have interviewed 10 RO plant operators on plant establishment, maintenance, usage and funding...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Hiroki Yoshioka, Miki Tanaka, Hirohisa Fujii, Tsunemasa Nonogaki
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of a Sasa veitchii leaf extract (SE) on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepato- and nephrotoxicity. METHODS: Seven-week-old male ddy mice were orally administered SE or saline for seven days. Twenty-four hours after the last SE or saline administration, the mice were intraperitoneally injected with 3 g/kg CCl4 or olive oil. The mice from each group were euthanized and bled for plasma analysis 24 h after the CCl4/olive oil injection...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Haruo Nakatsuka, Keiko Chiba, Takao Watanabe, Hideyuki Sawatari, Takako Seki
OBJECTIVES: Iodine intake by adults in farming districts in Northeastern Japan was evaluated by two methods: (1) government-approved food composition tables based calculation and (2) instrumental measurement. The correlation between these two values and a regression model for the calibration of calculated values was presented. METHODS: Iodine intake was calculated, using the values in the Japan Standard Tables of Food Composition (FCT), through the analysis of duplicate samples of complete 24-h food consumption for 90 adult subjects...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Akira Tsunoda, Tomoko Takahashi, Kaori Arika, Sachiyo Kubo, Takeshi Tokita, Shogo Kameda
OBJECTIVES: We conducted a survey to investigate the use of bidet toilets among community dwelling Japanese people and explored the correlates for an itch on the anus. METHODS: A questionnaire-based survey was conducted among a convenience sample of individuals, who were derived from outpatients and employees of Kameda Medical Center, and students and employees of two technical colleges. RESULTS: A total of 4,963 respondents were evaluated in this study, 55 % of whom used bidet toilets either before or after defecation, and at least 30 % of bidet users washed the anus before defecation, partly to aid defecation...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Akiko Matsumoto, David C Thompson, Ying Chen, Kyoko Kitagawa, Vasilis Vasiliou
Because serum transaminases elevate alcohol dose dependently as a consequence of liver injury, they serve as useful biological markers of excessive drinking. However, these markers are inadequate in individuals with a defective allele of the aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 gene, ALDH2*2, because they show a different correlation with the amount of ethanol. For example, the serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level could become even lower than the baseline after alcohol intake in ALDH2*2 carriers. In fact, multiple studies suggest that ALDH2*2 is a hepato-protective factor in healthy individuals...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Hiroki Yoshioka, Shiori Fukaya, Satomi Onosaka, Tsunemasa Nonogaki, Akito Nagatsu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate whether pretreatment with the Japanese herbal medicine "Hochu-ekki-to" (TJ-41) has an ameliorative effect on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatotoxicity through anorexia prevention. METHODS: Twenty-four hours before CCl4 injection, TJ-41 or saline solution was intraperitoneally administered. Furthermore, 24 h after TJ-41 injection, mice were intraperitoneally administered 1.6 g/kg CCl4 or olive oil. Moreover, 24 h after CCl4/olive oil injection, mice from each group were euthanized and bled for plasma analysis...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Takahiro Higashibata, Kenji Wakai, Rieko Okada, Hiroko Nakagawa, Nobuyuki Hamajima
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to examine the associations of current smoking with five other unhealthy lifestyle behaviors among urban civil servants in Japan according to sex and occupational category. METHODS: The study included 10,232 urban civil servants in Japan who presented for a health check-up in 2011. We analyzed data on anthropometric measurements and self-reported lifestyle factors. RESULTS: Current smokers had a higher BMI than never smokers in white-collar workers, but not in blue-collar workers of both sexes...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Kaori Kitamura, Kazutoshi Nakamura, Kimiko Ueno, Tomoko Nishiwaki
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has been reported to be associated with cognitive function; however, whether or not this relationship involves causality is uncertain. This study aimed to determine whether HRQOL levels are associated with subsequent changes in cognitive function in elderly people requiring care. METHODS: Participants were 74 community-dwelling elderly people utilizing the long-term care service (69 % women) who underwent physical and psychological examinations at baseline and follow-up...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Yasuhiko Koga, Takahiro Satoh, Kyoichi Kaira, Masashi Koka, Takeshi Hisada, Junko Hirato, Bolag Altan, Masakiyo Yatomi, Akihiro Ono, Yosuke Kamide, Yasuo Shimizu, Haruka Aoki-Saito, Hiroaki Tsurumaki, Kimihiro Shimizu, Akira Mogi, Tamotsu Ishizuka, Masanobu Yamada, Kunio Dobashi
OBJECTIVES: Studies have shown that inhaled mine dust, such as asbestos, can be translocated to various organs including the lymph nodes. Recently, we have established a protocol that enables us to identify inhaled elements using paraffin embedded lung specimens by in-air microparticle-induced X-ray emission (micro-PIXE). However, little research has examined the concentration of these inhaled fibers in various organs or the mechanisms of their translocation. In this study, we compared the concentration of inhaled fibers in the lung parenchyma to the concentration in the hilar lymph node as well as to determine the elemental spatial distribution of the inhaled fibers in a patient with occupational asbestos exposure...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Shuhei Hishii, Nobuyuki Miyatake, Hiroyuki Nishi, Akihiko Katayama, Kazuhiro Uzike, Hiroo Hashimoto, Kiichi Koumoto
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare psychological distress between patients on chronic hemodialysis with and without chronic low back pain (CLBP). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 72 patients on chronic hemodialysis, aged 72.9 ± 10.8 years, were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Psychological distress using the K6, questionnaire for CLBP, and physical activity using the tri-accelerometer were evaluated. RESULTS: Twenty-nine patients (40...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Weixiu Li, Ziyun Wang, Zhimin Liu
OBJECTIVES: To investigate factors associated with illicit opioid use among methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) population. METHODS: Participants were recruited from Beijing (2 clinics), Shanghai (2 clinics), Guangdong (2 clinics), Chongqing (2 clinics) and Gansu (1 clinic) provinces. Information about heroin use and MMT was obtained from a self-reported questionnaire, illicit opioid use was obtained from monthly medical records. Binary logistic regression was used to investigate factors associated with illicit opioid use...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Takehiro Michikawa
Sensory impairments, mainly of vision and hearing, are prevalent among the older adults, and are the leading causes of disability in people aged 60 years and above around the world. However, epidemiological data on sensory impairments (prevalence, association with adverse health outcomes, risk and preventive factors, etc.) in community-dwelling older people are sparse in Japan. Using data from the Kurabuchi Study, a community-based prospective cohort study of adults aged 65 years or older, the author and colleagues estimated the prevalence of sensory impairments in this population...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Mihoko Takahashi
OBJECTIVES: Anomalous variations in live births on February 29/March 1, April 1/April 2 and the days before the New Year holidays/New Year holidays have been reported in Japan. The distribution of live births was investigated on those days and whether or not such dates were selected due to obstetric intervention is discussed. METHODS: Using a method similar to the [Formula: see text]-R control chart, anomalous variations in the hourly number of live births were detected...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Ce Tan, Yutaka Sasagawa, Ken-Ichi Kamo, Takehiro Kukitsu, Sayaka Noda, Kazuma Ishikawa, Natsumi Yamauchi, Takashi Saikawa, Takanori Noro, Hajime Nakamura, Fumihiko Takahashi, Fumihiro Sata, Mitsuhiro Tada, Yasuo Kokai
OBJECTIVES: To prevent the onset of lifestyle-related diseases associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS) in Japan, research into the development of a useful screening method is strongly desired. We developed a new screening questionnaire (JAMRISC) utilizing a logistic regression model and evaluated its ability to predict the development of MetS, type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases in Japanese populace. METHODS: JAMRISC questionnaire was sent to 1,850 individuals in Rumoi, a small city in Hokkaido...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Clara R Álvarez-Chávez, José L Flores-Bernal, Javier Esquer-Peralta, Nora E Munguía-Vega, María A G Corella-Madueño, Antonio Rascón-Careaga, David Turcotte, Luis E Velázquez-Contreras
OBJECTIVE: To identify the presence of environmental factors linked to the onset of allergies and asthma in the homes of children participating in an early detection program that were identified with sensitivity to common allergens in the region of Sonora, Mexico. METHODS: A walkthrough assessment was carried out in the homes of sensitized children; the research tools were the questionnaire and environmental checklist proposed by the Lowell Healthy Homes Program of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Junya Sado, Tetsuhisa Kitamura, Norio Noma, Makiko Saito, Hitoshi Azuma, Tsukasa Azuma, Tomotaka Sobue, Yuri Kitamura
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine epidemiologically socio-environmental factors associated with diabetes mellitus among patients hospitalized with schizophrenia in Japan. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study from a single psychiatric hospital. Study patients were adults aged ≥20 years who were hospitalized with schizophrenia one or more times between January 2013 and December 2014. From electronic medical records or health insurance claims, we extracted schizophrenia patients with an F2 code according to ICD-10, and assessed the association of various factors with diabetes mellitus among these patients in a multivariable analysis...
November 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
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