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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430926/the-association-between-alcohol-flavoured-non-alcoholic-beverages-and-alcohol-use-in-japanese-adolescents
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Aya Kinjo, Aya Imamoto, Maki Ikeda, Osamu Itani, Takashi Ohida, Yoshitaka Kaneita, Hideyuki Kanda, Takeo Tanihata, Susumu Higuchi, Yoneatsu Osaki
Aims: There are no legal regulations in Japan governing minors' consumption of alcohol-flavoured non-alcoholic beverages (AFNAB); therefore, we examined if their consumption could lead to increased alcohol use among adolescents in Japan. Methods: This cross-sectional study used a nonclinical, nationally representative sample of 38,494 junior (19,662 boys) and 61,556 senior (31,925 boys) high school students recruited in 2012. We measured AFNAB consumption rates and the order that adolescents first consumed AFNAB and alcohol...
May 1, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430815/soy-and-fish-as-features-of-the-japanese-diet-and-cardiovascular-disease-risks
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Yukio Yamori, Miki Sagara, Yoshimi Arai, Hitomi Kobayashi, Kazumi Kishimoto, Ikuko Matsuno, Hideki Mori, Mari Mori
In the World Health Organization (WHO)-coordinated Cardiovascular Disease and Alimentary Comparison Study, isoflavones (I; biomarker for dietary soy) and taurine (T; biomarker for dietary fish) in 24-hour-urine (24U) were inversely related to coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality. High levels of these biomarkers are found in Japanese people, whose CHD mortality is lowest among developed countries. We analyzed the association of these biomarkers with cardiovascular disease risk in the Japanese to know their health effects within one ethnic population...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430792/the-influence-of-sagittal-profile-alteration-and-final-lordosis-on-the-clinical-outcome-of-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-a-delta-omega-analysis
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Daniel Koeppen, Claudia Piepenbrock, Stefan Kroppenstedt, Mario Čabraja
PURPOSE: Decompression and maintaining or restoring a cervical lordosis are major goals in the surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). Numerous studies support the assumption that cervical lordosis is a key factor for neurological recovery and pain reduction. However, even kyphotic patients can be asymptomatic. The balance of the spine is subject of an increasing number of publications. The main purpose of the study was to evaluate the validity of lordotic alignment on the course of CSM and to set this parameter in context with well-validated tools, namely the modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association scoring system (mJOAS) and the visual analogue scale (VAS), to predict and measure the clinical outcome after surgery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430748/immunogenicity-of-the-inactivated-japanese-encephalitis-virus-vaccine-ixiaro%C3%A2-n-children-from-a-japanese-encephalitis-virus-endemic-region
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Katrin L Dubischar, Vera Kadlecek, Benjamin Sablan, Charissa Fay Borja-Tabora, Salvacion Gatchalian, Susanne Eder-Lingelbach, Sigrid Kiermayr, Martin Spruth, Kerstin Westritschnig
BACKGROUND: Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a major public health concern in Asia and poses a small, but potentially fatal threat to travelers from non-endemic countries, including children. No JE vaccine for pediatric use has been available in Europe and the USA. METHODS: Age-stratified cohorts of children between 2 months and 17 years received 2 doses of Vero cell-derived inactivated JE virus vaccine (IXIARO) administered 28 days apart (<3 years 0.25 mL [half adult dose], ≥3 years 0...
April 19, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429922/effect-modification-of-green-tea-on-the-association-between-rice-intake-and-the-risk-of-diabetes-mellitus-a-prospective-study-in-japanese-men-and-women
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Akie Hirata, Keizo Ohnaka, Naotaka Tashiro, Zhenjie Wang, Michiko Kohno, Chikako Kiyohara, Suminori Kono, Ryoichi Takayanagi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Recent observational studies have suggested a positive association of white rice and protective associations of green tea and coffee with the risk of diabetes. However, none have examined the interaction between these dietary factors on the risk of diabetes. We prospectively investigated the effect modification of green tea and coffee on the association between rice and incident diabetes in elderly Japanese men and women. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Among subjects who participated in the baseline survey (2004-2007), 11717 (91 %) subjects responded to the follow-up survey (2010-2012)...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429921/relationship-between-dietary-patterns-and-brachial-ankle-pulse-wave-velocity-among-middle-aged-adults-in-japan
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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/28429908/pre-pregnancy-body-mass-index-as-a-predictor-of-low-birth-weight-infants-in-japan
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Utako Murai, Kyoko Nomura, Michiko Kido, Takeaki Takeuchi, Mitsuhiro Sugimoto, Mahbubur Rahman
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The prevalence of low birth weight (LBW) infants in Japan has doubled in the last several decades. The objective of this study was to examine the effects of pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) on LBW infants of Japanese women. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective study was conducted using data on 1,336 mothers (mean age, 34.0 years)whose pre-pregnancy BMI was less than 23 kg/m2 and their singleton infants were born at full term between January and December in 2011...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429906/eating-glutinous-brown-rice-for-one-day-improves-glycemic-control-in-japanese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-assessed-by-continuous-glucose-monitoring
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Yuko Terashima, Yoshio Nagai, Hiroyuki Kato, Akio Ohta, Yasushi Tanaka
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether intake of non-glutinous brown rice (BR) or glutinous brown rice (GBR) for 1 day had an influence on the daily glucose profile measured by continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) when compared with intake of non-glutinous white rice (WR). METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: A total of 37 inpatients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) were recruited for a 3-day randomized triple cross-over trial in which they ate WR, BR, or GBR for 1 day each...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429901/development-of-the-revised-japanese-maternal-breastfeeding-evaluation-scale-short-version
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Hiroko Hongo, Joseph Green, Keiko Nanishi, Masamine Jimba
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The Japanese Maternal Breastfeeding Evaluation Scale (JMBFES) was developed in 2013 based on the original Maternal Breastfeeding Evaluation Scale (MBFES). Mothers' abilities to incorporate breastfeeding into their daily life may influence their decision to continue or discontinue to breastfeed, but that version of the JMBFES had no questions to measure this important aspect of breastfeeding. Therefore, we sought to improve the JMBFES by incorporating questions measuring "lifestyle compatibility-incompatibility," and we conducted psychometric testing of the improved version...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429860/safety-tolerability-and-efficacy-of-lixisenatide-in-combination-with-oral-antidiabetic-treatment-in-japanese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-an-open-label-multicenter-study
#10
Yutaka Seino, Aleksandra Stjepanovic, Akane Takami, Hiroki Takagi
AIM/INTRODUCTION: To assess overall safety and efficacy of lixisenatide in combination with background oral antidiabetic drug treatment in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes, as required by Japanese guidelines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A Phase 3, multicenter, uncontrolled, open-label, four-arm, parallel-group study in Japanese outpatients with type 2 diabetes; patients received once-daily lixisenatide in combination with biguanide, thiazolidinedione, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, or glinide (NCT01940965)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429791/social-and-anthropometric-factors-explaining-racial-ethnical-differences-in-birth-weight-in-the-united-states
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Naho Morisaki, Ichiro Kawachi, Emily Oken, Takeo Fujiwara
Though disparities in birth weight by race/ethnicity have been extensively reported in the United States, few studies have systematically investigated factors attributing to its variability. For 10,638,415 singleton infants born during 2009-2012 in the United States, we examined birth weight differences among 14 races and ethnicities (non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic Black, American Indian, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, Guamanian, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban), after sequentially adjusting for maternal, socio-economic and behavioral factors...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429520/performance-in-adolescents-of-the-two-japanese-serum-creatinine-based-estimated-glomerular-filtration-rate-equations-for-adults-and-paediatric-patients-a-study-of-the-japan-renal-biopsy-registry-and-japan-kidney-disease-registry-from-2007-to-2013
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Osamu Uemura, Hitoshi Yokoyama, Kenji Ishikura, Yoshimitsu Gotoh, Hiroshi Sato, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Masataka Honda, Seiichi Matsuo
There are two different Japanese serum creatinine-based equations for estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), for adults and paediatric patients, with both equations deemed applicable to 18-year-old subjects. This study assessed the relative accuracy of the two equations in assessing eGFR in patients aged 18 years with chronic kidney disease. A total of 3042 patients (1679 males and 1363 females), aged 2-20 years, who were registered in the Japan Renal Biopsy Registry or the Japan Kidney Disease Registry between 2007 and 2013 were evaluated...
June 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429301/ethical-issues-related-to-the-promotion-of-a-100-msv-threshold-assumption-in-japan-after-the-fukushima-nuclear-accident-in-2011-background-and-consequences
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Toshihide Tsuda, Lena Lindahl, Akiko Tokinobu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article describes the debates in Japan regarding the 100 mSv threshold assumption and ethical issues related to it, and explores the background to distorted risk information and absence of risk communication in Japan. Then we seek proper risk communication based on scientific evidence. RECENT FINDINGS: On March 11, 2011 an accident occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Since then a number of misunderstandings have become common in Japan as a result of public statements by the Japanese and local governments that have no basis in medical science or are contradictory to medical science...
April 20, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429170/comparison-of-energy-balance-between-two-different-sized-groups-of-japanese-macaques-macaca-fuscata-yakui
#14
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/28429146/clinical-validity-of-biochemical-and-molecular-analysis-in-diagnosing-leigh-syndrome-a-study-of-106-japanese-patients
#15
Erika Ogawa, Masaru Shimura, Takuya Fushimi, Makiko Tajika, Keiko Ichimoto, Ayako Matsunaga, Tomoko Tsuruoka, Mika Ishige, Tatsuo Fuchigami, Taro Yamazaki, Masato Mori, Masakazu Kohda, Yoshihito Kishita, Yasushi Okazaki, Shori Takahashi, Akira Ohtake, Kei Murayama
Leigh syndrome (LS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of infancy and early childhood. It is clinically diagnosed by typical manifestations and characteristic computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. Unravelling mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) dysfunction behind LS is essential for deeper understanding of the disease, which may lead to the development of new therapies and cure. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical validity of various diagnostic tools in confirming MRC disorder in LS and Leigh-like syndrome (LL)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428925/medical-school-hotline-hawai-i-medical-education-program-an-innovative-method-to-incorporate-american-education-methodologies-into-the-traditional-japanese-system
#16
Junji Machi, Emi Saegusa-Beecroft, Satoru Izutsu, Jerris R Hedges
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428814/reliability-and-validity-of-the-japanese-version-of-the-community-integration-measure-for-community-dwelling-people-with-schizophrenia
#17
Ai Shioda, Etsuko Tadaka, Ayako Okochi
BACKGROUND: Community integration is an essential right for people with schizophrenia that affects their well-being and quality of life, but no valid instrument exists to measure it in Japan. The aim of the present study is to develop and evaluate the reliability and validity of the Japanese version of the Community Integration Measure (CIM) for people with schizophrenia. METHODS: The Japanese version of the CIM was developed as a self-administered questionnaire based on the original version of the CIM, which was developed by McColl et al...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428802/regulation-of-th2-responses-by-different-cell-types-expressing-the-interleukin-31-receptor
#18
Saburo Saito, Ayana Aoki, Iwao Arai, Shinya Takaishi, Haruyasu Ito, Nobutake Akiyama, Hiroshi Kiyonari
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-31 (IL-31) is a recently identified cytokine produced by Th2 cells that is involved in the development of atopic dermatitis-induced skin inflammation and pruritus. Its receptor, IL-31RA, is expressed by a number of cell types, including epithelial cells, eosinophils, and activated monocytes and macrophages. To date, however, the regulation of Th2 responses by distinct cell types and tissues expressing IL-31RA has not been well studied. METHODS: In this study, Cry j 2, one of the major allergens of Japanese cedar pollen, was administered to IL-31RA-deficient or wild-type (WT) mice via nasal or intraperitoneal injection for induction of specific Th2 responses...
2017: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428501/job-stress-and-behavioral-characteristics-in-relation-to-coronary-heart-disease-risk-among-japanese-police-officers
#19
Maki Shiozaki, Nobuyuki Miyai, Ikuharu Morioka, Miyoko Utsumi, Sonomi Hattori, Hiroaki Koike, Mikio Arita, Kazuhisa Miyashita
This study examined the association between job-related behavioral characteristics and the risk of coronary heart diseases (CHD) in Japanese male police officers. Compared to office clerks, police officers exhibited greater age-related increases of the prevalence of CHD risk factors, and a clustering number of CHD risk factors was significantly higher in the group of those over 45 years of age. Among the police officers, coronary-prone behavior was more frequent than that seen in office clerks. The police officers with coronary-prone behavior tended to engage in shift work and to work overtime more; yet they were less likely to perceive job stress and to express the relevant physical and psychological symptoms than those without coronary-prone behavior...
April 20, 2017: Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428489/superior-rhythm-discrimination-with-the-smartshock-technology-algorithm%C3%A3-results-of-the-implantable-defibrillator-with-enhanced-features-and-settings-for-reduction-of-inaccurate-detection-defense-trial
#20
Yasushi Oginosawa, Ritsuko Kohno, Toshihiro Honda, Kan Kikuchi, Masatsugu Nozoe, Takayuki Uchida, Hitoshi Minamiguchi, Koichiro Sonoda, Masahiro Ogawa, Takeshi Ideguchi, Yoshihisa Kizaki, Toshihiro Nakamura, Kageyuki Oba, Satoshi Higa, Keiki Yoshida, Soichi Tsunoda, Yoshihisa Fujino, Haruhiko Abe
BACKGROUND: Shocks delivered by implanted anti-tachyarrhythmia devices, even when appropriate, lower the quality of life and survival. The new SmartShock Technology(®)(SST) discrimination algorithm was developed to prevent the delivery of inappropriate shock. This prospective, multicenter, observational study compared the rate of inaccurate detection of ventricular tachyarrhythmia using the SST vs. a conventional discrimination algorithm.Methods and Results:Recipients of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D) equipped with the SST algorithm were enrolled and followed up every 6 months...
April 20, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
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