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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431090/current-status-of-the-blue-butterfly-in-fukushima-research
#1
Joji M Otaki, Wataru Taira
Adverse biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident have been revealed using the pale grass blue butterfly, Zizeeria maha, since 2012, which were often considered incompatible with the conventional understanding of radiation biology. This discrepancy likely originates from different system conditions and methodologies. In this article, we first respond to comments from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) regarding our study; "technical errors" in unit usage and mathematical models noted by UNSCEAR are not errors but reflect our research philosophy not to introduce theoretical assumptions associated with unit conversion and mathematical fit...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429921/relationship-between-dietary-patterns-and-brachial-ankle-pulse-wave-velocity-among-middle-aged-adults-in-japan
#2
Shota Moyama, Kazuhiro Minami, Mihiro Yano, Masumi Okumura, Susumu Hayashi, Hiroshi Takayama, Akira Yorimoto
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Arterial stiffness is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and it is considered to be affected by dietary intake. However, few studies have examined the relationship between major dietary patterns and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) among Japanese middle-aged subjects. We studied whether major dietary patterns were associated with baPWV in this population. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Between 2009 and 2012, 70 Japanese middle-aged subjects (39 men and 31 women) with no history of stroke, coronary heart disease, or cancer were studied...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429170/comparison-of-energy-balance-between-two-different-sized-groups-of-japanese-macaques-macaca-fuscata-yakui
#3
Yosuke Kurihara, Goro Hanya
Quantifying the energy balance is essential for testing socio-ecological models. To reveal costs and benefits of group living in Japanese macaques from the perspective of feeding competition, Kurihara and Hanya (Am J Primatol 77:986-1000, 2015) previously compared feeding behavior between two different-sized groups of macaques (larger group 30-35 individuals; smaller group 13-15 individuals) in the coastal forest of Yakushima, Japan. The results suggested that the larger group exhibited greater feeding effort because of intragroup scramble competition and that the smaller group suffered from higher travel costs, possibly owing to intergroup contest competition...
April 20, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427831/prevalence-of-abdominal-obesity-among-chinese-adults-in-2011
#4
Pei Du, Hui-Jun Wang, Bing Zhang, Su-Fen Qi, Ying-Jun Mi, Dian-Wu Liu, Qing-Bao Tian
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of abdominal obesity is increasing dramatically worldwide. This study aimed to estimate the current prevalence of abdominal obesity from the 2011 China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) and compare the data with other countries. METHODS: Waist circumference (WC) of 12,326 Chinese adults (aged 20 years or older) from the 2011 CHNS were analyzed by age group and region. Abdominal obesity was defined as a WC ≥90 cm for men and WC ≥80 cm for women based on World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for Asians...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421317/effect-of-oral-carbohydrate-with-amino-acid-solution-on-serum-oxidative-anti-oxidative-status-in-healthy-volunteers
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Yasuo M Tsutsumi, Takuro Oyama, Nami Kakuta, Yousuke T Horikawa, Katsuyoshi Kume, Yoko Sakai, Rie Tsutsumi, Katsuya Tanaka
The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of oral carbohydrate with amino acid [oral nutritional supplement (ONS)] solution on oxidative stress in healthy persons. Fourteen healthy volunteers were segregated into control and ONS groups. Volunteers in the ONS group ingested 250 ml of Arginaid Water (Nestle Japan, Tokyo, Japan) in the evening before the experiment and at 7:00 am on the day of the experiment. Volunteers in the control group fasted after dinner and drank only water until 7:00 am on the day of the experiment...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412165/effects-of-a-community-based-program-for-oral-health-and-nutrition-on-cost-effectiveness-by-preventing-disability-in-japanese-frail-elderly-a-quasi-experimental-study-using-propensity-score-matching
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Yasutake Tomata, Takashi Watanabe, Kemmyo Sugiyama, Shu Zhang, Yumi Sugawara, Ichiro Tsuji
OBJECTIVE: In the Japanese Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) system, a community-based program for oral health and nutrition (OHN program) has been implemented with the aim of reducing incident disability and care costs. However, the effectiveness of this program has not been confirmed epidemiologically. The purpose of the present study was to test the hypothesis that the OHN program does reduce incident disability and care costs. DESIGN: A prospective study with a 28-month follow-up period was conducted using data from administrative databases at Tagajo City, Japan...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393489/grouped-factors-of-the-ssade-signs-and-symptoms-accompanying-dementia-while-eating-and-nutritional-status-an-analysis-of-older-people-receiving-nutritional-care-in-long-term-care-facilities-in-japan
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Kento Takada, Kazumi Tanaka, Mihoko Hasegawa, Michiko Sugiyama, Nobuo Yoshiike
BACKGROUND: Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are very common among older people, and previous studies showed that BPSD affects eating behaviour negatively, possibly resulting in undernutrition. In a previous study, we constructed a set of 11 items based on direct observations of older people with dementia during mealtime and named them 'SSADE: signs and symptoms accompanying dementia while eating'. AIMS: This study aimed to conduct a factor analysis to clarify the structure of the set of 11 SSADE items and to analyse the relationship of the SSADE with nutritional status...
April 9, 2017: International Journal of Older People Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388661/types-of-social-participation-and-psychological-distress-in-japanese-older-adults-a-five-year-cohort-study
#8
Shiho Amagasa, Noritoshi Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kikuchi, Koichiro Oka, Tomoko Takamiya, Yuko Odagiri, Shigeru Inoue
INTRODUCTION: The most effective type of social participation against psychological distress in older adults is not well documented. The aim of this study was to examine whether different types of social participation are associated with changes in psychological distress level in older men and women in Japan. METHODS: Two thousand seven hundred community-dwelling older adults (aged 65-74 years, 50% women) were randomly selected from the resident registry of three cities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375181/dietary-metabolites-and-chronic-kidney-disease
#9
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Sho Hasegawa, Tzu-Ming Jao, Reiko Inagi
Dietary contents and their metabolites are closely related to chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression. Advanced glycated end products (AGEs) are a type of uremic toxin produced by glycation. AGE accumulation is not only the result of elevated glucose levels or reduced renal clearance capacity, but it also promotes CKD progression. Indoxyl sulfate, another uremic toxin derived from amino acid metabolism, accumulates as CKD progresses and induces tubulointerstitial fibrosis and glomerular sclerosis. Specific types of amino acids (d-serine) or fatty acids (palmitate) are reported to be closely associated with CKD progression...
April 4, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367929/the-necessary-items-for-inclusion-in-a-questionnaire-for-assessing-the-nutrition-knowledge-of-young-japanese-children
#10
Mai Matsumoto, Shinji Ikemoto
It is well known nutrition education for 3- to 5-y-old children is important, and it is necessary to assess their nutrition knowledge before and after nutrition education to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational program. This study aimed to determine the necessary questions for inclusion in a questionnaire designed to assess the nutrition knowledge of young Japanese children in order to assess the effectiveness of the Shokuiku nutrition education program. Eighty and 124 children from 9 nursery schools in Japan participated in the intervention and control groups, respectively...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366076/relationships-among-drinking-and-smoking-habits-history-of-diseases-body-mass-index-and-idiopathic-sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss-in-japanese-patients
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Mitsumasa Umesawa, Gen Kobashi, Ryoshuke Kitoh, Shin-Ya Nishio, Kaoru Ogawa, Naohito Hato, Michihiko Sone, Satoshi Fukuda, Akira Hara, Tetsuo Ikezono, Kotaro Ishikawa, Satoshi Iwasaki, Kimitaka Kaga, Seiji Kakehata, Atsushi Matsubara, Tatsuo Matsunaga, Takaaki Murata, Yasushi Naito, Takashi Nakagawa, Kazunori Nishizaki, Yoshihiro Noguchi, Hajime Sano, Hiroaki Sato, Mikio Suzuki, Hideo Shojaku, Haruo Takahashi, Hidehiko Takeda, Tetsuya Tono, Hiroshi Yamashita, Tatsuya Yamasoba, Shin-Ichi Usami
OBJECTIVES: To present the cardiovascular risk factors in idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) patients enrolled in a nationwide epidemiological survey of hearing disorders in Japan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compiled the cardiovascular risk factors in 3073 idiopathic SSNHL subjects (1621 men and 1452 women) and compared their proportions with controls as part of the National Health and Nutrition Survey in Japan, 2014. The cardiovascular risk factors consisted of drinking and smoking habits, a history of five conditions related to cardiovascular disease and body mass index...
April 1, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365558/trends-in-prevalence-and-management-of-diabetes-and-related-vascular-risks-in-japanese-adults-japan-national-health-and-nutrition-surveys-2003-2012
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Nayu Ikeda, Nobuo Nishi, Hiroyuki Noda, Mitsuhiko Noda
AIMS: To examine temporal changes in health system performance for the control of diabetes and related risks for vascular complications in Japan over a decade. METHODS: Data of 51,128 individuals aged ≥20years were obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Surveys in 2003-2012. Diabetes was defined as currently being treated by insulin or oral hypoglycaemic agents or having a glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) level ≥6.5% (≥48mmol/mol). We estimated the prevalence and proportions of people with diabetes being treated and achieving target goals of HbA1c <7...
March 21, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322414/effect-of-dexmedetomidine-on-mortality-and-ventilator-free-days-in-patients-requiring-mechanical-ventilation-with-sepsis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Yu Kawazoe, Kyohei Miyamoto, Takeshi Morimoto, Tomonori Yamamoto, Akihiro Fuke, Atsunori Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Koami, Satoru Beppu, Yoichi Katayama, Makoto Itoh, Yoshinori Ohta, Hitoshi Yamamura
Importance: Dexmedetomidine provides sedation for patients undergoing ventilation; however, its effects on mortality and ventilator-free days have not been well studied among patients with sepsis. Objectives: To examine whether a sedation strategy with dexmedetomidine can improve clinical outcomes in patients with sepsis undergoing ventilation. Design, Setting, and Participants: Open-label, multicenter randomized clinical trial conducted at 8 intensive care units in Japan from February 2013 until January 2016 among 201 consecutive adult patients with sepsis requiring mechanical ventilation for at least 24 hours...
April 4, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295389/proximate-amino-acid-and-lipid-compositions-in-sinonovacula-constricta-lamarck-reared-at-different-salinities
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Zhaoshou Ran, Shuang Li, Runtao Zhang, Jilin Xu, Kai Liao, Xuejun Yu, Yingying Zhong, Mengwei Ye, Shanshan Yu, Yun Ran, Wei Huang, Xiaojun Yan
BACKGROUND: Sinonovacula constricta is an economically and nutritionally important bivalve native to the estuaries and mudflats of China, Japan, and Korea. Herein, S. constricta, cultured either under experimental conditions or directly collected from natural coastal areas with different seawater salinities, were investigated for changes in proximates, amino acids and lipids. RESULTS: When culture salinity was increased, levels of moisture, carbohydrate, crude protein and crude lipid were significantly decreased whereas the level of ash was significantly increased...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258472/prevalence-of-renal-uric-acid-stones-in-the-adult
#15
Alberto Trinchieri, Emanuele Montanari
The aim of this study was to estimate uric acid renal stone prevalence rates of adults in different countries of the world. PubMed was searched for papers dealing with "urinary calculi and prevalence or composition" for the period from January 1996 to June 2016. Alternative searches were made to collect further information on specific topics. The prevalence rate of uric acid stones was computed by the general renal stone prevalence rate and the frequency of uric acid stones in each country. After the initial search, 2180 papers were extracted...
March 3, 2017: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244716/how-do-health-behaviours-relate-to-dietary-practice-patterns-among-japanese-adults
#16
Gita D Mishra, Jung Su Lee, Kunihiko Hayashi, Etsuko Watanabe, Katsumi Mori, Kiyoshi Kawakubo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To identify dietary practice patterns for Japanese adults and investigate the links between health behaviours and these patterns. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: A random sample, stratified according to area, sex, and age, of 4570 adults aged 20-80 years completed a survey conducted in 2011 in a city, in Yamagata Prefecture, Northeast Japan. RESULTS: Cluster analysis of 16 dietary practice items revealed four patterns labelled as: low fat, sugar, or salt; emphasis on nutrition; regular breakfast and staples; and meals not snacks...
March 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244696/taking-action-against-malnutrition-in-asian-healthcare-settings-an-initiative-of-a-northeast-asia-study-group
#17
Takashi Higashiguchi, Hidenori Arai, Ling Hui Claytor, Masafumi Kuzuya, Joji Kotani, Shyh-Dye Lee, Jean-Pierre Michel, Tetsushi Nogami, Nanhai Peng
Malnutrition is common in Asia, especially among people who are critically ill and/or older. Study results from China, Japan, and Taiwan show that malnutrition or risk of malnutrition is found in up to 30% of communitydwelling people and as much as 50% of patients admitted to hospitals-with prevalence even higher among those older than 70 years. In Asia, malnutrition takes substantial tolls on health, physical function, and wellbeing of people affected, and it adds huge financial burdens to healthcare systems...
March 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236606/physical-function-differences-between-the-stages-from-normal-cognition-to-moderate-alzheimer-disease
#18
Chisato Fujisawa, Hiroyuki Umegaki, Kazushi Okamoto, Hirotaka Nakashima, Masafumi Kuzuya, Kenji Toba, Takashi Sakurai
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the differences in the physical function test results across stages from normal cognition (NC) to moderate Alzheimer disease (AD) and how risk factors of physical function decline are correlated with the physical function test results. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study of outpatients at the Memory Disorder Outpatient Center of Japan's National Center of Geriatrics and Gerontology. PARTICIPANTS: We enrolled 882 individuals aged ≥65 diagnosed with NC (n = 210), amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI; n = 273), mild AD (n = 181) or moderate AD (n = 197)...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214185/characteristics-of-patients-with-liver-cancer-in-the-biobank-japan-project
#19
Shigekazu Ukawa, Emiko Okada, Koshi Nakamura, Makoto Hirata, Akiko Nagai, Koichi Matsuda, Zentaro Yamagata, Yoichiro Kamatani, Toshiharu Ninomiya, Yutaka Kiyohara, Kaori Muto, Michiaki Kubo, Yusuke Nakamura, Akiko Tamakoshi
BACKGROUND: Liver cancer is the fifth cause of cancer-related deaths in Japan. The BioBank Japan (BBJ) project included 200,000 patients with 47 diseases and samples; their clinical information can be used for further studies. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with liver cancer (n = 1733; 1316 men, 417 women) were included. Histology, patient characteristics, clinical characteristics, and causes of death were collected. Cumulative and relative survival rates for liver cancer were calculated...
March 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194266/serum-albumin-levels-and-their-correlates-among-individuals-with-motor-disorders-at-five-institutions-in-japan
#20
Hiroko Ohwada, Takeo Nakayama, Yuki Kanaya, Yuki Tanaka
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The level of serum albumin is an index of nourishment care and management. However, the distribution and correlates of serum albumin levels among individuals with motor disorders have not been reported until now. Therefore, we examined the distribution and correlates of serum albumin levels among individuals with motor disorders. SUBJECTS/METHODS: A cross-sectional study on 249 individuals with motor disabilities (144 men, mean age: 51.4 years; 105 women, mean age: 51...
February 2017: Nutrition Research and Practice
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