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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729922/meningococcal-disease-outbreak-related-to-the-world-scout-jamboree-in-japan-2015
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Mizue Kanai, Hajime Kamiya, Alison Smith-Palmer, Hideyuki Takahashi, Yushi Hachisu, Munehisa Fukusumi, Takehito Saitoh, Makoto Ohnishi, Tomimasa Sunagawa, Tamano Matsui, Kazunori Oishi
PROBLEM: Six invasive meningococcal disease cases occurred among Scottish and Swedish nationals associated with the World Scout Jamboree (WSJ), an international mass gathering, held in Japan. The index case developed symptoms while returning home. The strains from all six cases were identical and seldom seen in Japan. CONTEXT: Over 33 000 participants from 155 countries attended WSJ. At the Jamboree site, participants of the North of Scotland's and Sweden's units camped within the same subcamp and kept the same schedule of events...
April 2017: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal: WPSAR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725170/helicobacter-pylori-infection-status-had-no-influence-on-upper-gastrointestinal-symptoms-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-3-005-japanese-subjects-without-upper-gastrointestinal-lesions-undergoing-medical-health-checkups
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Tomomi Yoshioka, Eri Takeshita, Yasuhisa Sakata, Megumi Hara, Kayo Akutagawa, Natsuko Sakata, Hiroyoshi Endo, Takashi Ohyama, Keiji Matsunaga, Yuichiro Tanaka, Shinpei Shirai, Yoichiro Ito, Nanae Tsuruoka, Ryuichi Iwakiri, Motoyasu Kusano, Kazuma Fujimoto
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the influence of Helicobacter pylori infection and its eradication on the upper gastrointestinal symptoms of relatively healthy Japanese subjects. METHODS: A total of 3,005 subjects (male/female: 1,549/1,456) undergoing medical health checkups were enrolled in the present study, at five hospitals in Saga, Japan, from January to December 2013. They had no significant findings following upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. All subjects completed a questionnaire that addressed a frequency scale for symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease...
2017: Esophagus: Official Journal of the Japan Esophageal Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724661/fermented-soy-product-intake-is-inversely-associated-with-the-development-of-high-blood-pressure-the-japan-public-health-center-based-prospective-study
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Miho Nozue, Taichi Shimazu, Shizuka Sasazuki, Hadrien Charvat, Nagisa Mori, Michihiro Mutoh, Norie Sawada, Motoki Iwasaki, Taiki Yamaji, Manami Inoue, Yoshihiro Kokubo, Kazumasa Yamagishi, Hiroyasu Iso, Shoichiro Tsugane
Background: Randomized controlled studies have investigated the short-term effect of soy product intake on blood pressure (BP) in normotensive people. To our knowledge, no prospective studies exist on the effect of habitual intake of fermented soy products, separate from total soy products, on BP in the general population.Objective: We examined the association between the habitual intake of soy products, including fermented soy products, and the development of high BP during a 5-y period among participants in a population-based prospective cohort study in Japan...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724147/community-and-interns-perspectives-on-community-participatory-medical-education-from-passive-to-active-participation
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Akiteru Takamura, Hidekazu Misaki, Yousuke Takemura
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The use of community-based medical education as a method of learning primary care is now common worldwide. However, in many cases community participation remains passive. This study sought to explore the effects of introducing community members into medical education as active teachers. Medical education taught directly by community members might be a key to comprehensive community-based learning. METHODS: This study was conducted in Japan at two postgraduate programs in community hospitals...
July 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723691/high-cost-of-hospitalization-for-colonic-diverticular-bleeding-depended-on-repeated-bleeding-and-blood-transfusion-analysis-with-diagnosis-procedure-combination-data-in-japan
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Yoichiro Ito, Yasuhisa Sakata, Hisako Yoshida, Sayuri Nonaka, Susumu Fujii, Yuichiro Tanaka, Shimpei Shirai, Eri Takeshita, Takashi Akutagawa, Hiroharu Kawakubo, Koji Yamamoto, Nanae Tsuruoka, Ryo Shimoda, Ryuichi Iwakiri, Kazuma Fujimoto
BACKGROUND: Bleeding from a colonic diverticulum is serious in aged patients. The aim of this study was to determine the risk factors for high-cost hospitalization of colonic diverticular bleeding using the diagnosis procedure combination (DPC) data. METHODS: From January 2009 to December 2015, 78 patients with colonic diverticular bleeding were identified by DPC data in Saga Medical School Hospital. All patients underwent colonic endoscopy within 3 days. The patients were divided into 2 groups: the low-cost group (DPC cost of <500,000 yen) and the high-cost group (DPC cost of >500,000 yen)...
July 20, 2017: Digestion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722235/analysis-of-safety-related-regulatory-actions-by-japan-s-pharmaceutical-regulatory-agency
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Chieko Ishiguro, Takashi Misu, Eiko Iwasa, Tadashi Izawa
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety-related regulatory actions implemented by Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) in 2012. METHODS: We analyzed serious safety issues appended to drug package inserts (PIs) in Japan in 2012. The issues were characterized according to drug class, adverse event, years since drug approval, initiator of regulatory actions, revised section of PI, and evidence source. We also quantified the durations from signal detection to tentative decision and from tentative decision to regulatory action...
July 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719905/childhood-onset-adult-growth-hormone-deficiency-clinical-hormonal-and-radiological-assessment-in-a-single-center-in-china
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Hongbo Yang, Huijuan Zhu, Xuemin Yan, Hui Pan
BACKGROUND: Although growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is an important issue in pediatric patients, adult GHD (AGHD) is a neglected field of endocrinology in China. The aim of this study is to characterize the clinical, hormonal, and radiological features in childhood-onset AGHD (CO AGHD) in a single center in China and to compare them with counterparts from Japan. METHODS: The medical records of 78 Chinese patients with CO AGHD were reviewed and compared with data from the HypoCCS database study from Japan (N = 69)...
July 18, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719897/clinical-manifestations-and-prognostic-factors-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-pneumonia-without-hiv
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Nobuhiro Asai, Shinji Motojima, Yoshihiro Ohkuni, Ryo Matsunuma, Takuya Iwasaki, Kei Nakashima, Keiji Sogawa, Tamao Nakashita, Norihiro Kaneko
INTRODUCTION: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) can occur in HIV patients but also in those without HIV (non-HIV PCP) but with other causes of immunodeficiency including malignancy or rheumatic diseases. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: To evaluate the clinical presentation and prognostic factors of non-HIV PCP, we retrospectively reviewed all patients diagnosed as having PCP without HIV at Kameda Medical Center, Chiba, Japan, from January 2005 until June 2012. For the purpose of examining a prognostic factor for non-HIV PCP with 30-day mortality, we compared the characteristics of patients, clinical symptoms, radiological images, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status (PS), and the time from the onset of respiratory symptoms to the start of therapy, in both survival and fatality groups...
July 19, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719295/regional-differences-in-the-prevalence-of-major-opportunistic-infections-among-antiretroviral-na%C3%A3-ve-human-immunodeficiency-virus-patients-in-japan-northern-thailand-northern-vietnam-and-the-philippines
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Louie Mar A Gangcuangco, Ikumi Sawada, Naho Tsuchiya, Cuong D Do, Thanh Thuy T Pham, Archawin Rojanawiwat, Marissa Alejandria, Katerina Leyritana, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Panita Pathipvanich, Koya Ariyoshi
To identify regional differences in the distribution of opportunistic infections (OIs) among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients in Asia, the medical records of antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naïve patients who attended the following tertiary hospitals from 2003 to 2011 were reviewed: Nagoya Medical Center (NMC, Nagoya, Japan), Lampang Hospital (LPH, Lampang, northern Thailand), Bach Mai Hospital (BMH, Hanoi, northern Vietnam), and Philippine General Hospital (PGH, Manila, Philippines). Logistic regression analyses were performed to identify associations between country of origin and risk of major OIs...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717075/clinical-characteristics-of-bacteremia-caused-by-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing-escherichia-coli-at-a-tertiary-hospital
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Hiroki Namikawa, Koichi Yamada, Hiroki Fujimoto, Ken-Ichi Oinuma, Yoshihiro Tochino, Yasuhiko Takemoto, Yukihiro Kaneko, Taichi Shuto, Hiroshi Kakeya
Objective In recent years, infection caused by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing organisms has become an important issue. However, comparative studies of the bacteremia caused by ESBL Enterobacteriaceae and non-ESBL Enterobacteriaceae are extremely rare in Japan. This study aimed to assess the risk factors and prognosis of patients with bacteremia due to ESBL Escherichia coli (E. coli). Methods The medical records of 31 patients with ESBL E. coli bacteremia and 98 patients with non-ESBL E. coli bacteremia who had been admitted to Osaka City University Hospital between January 2011 and June 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717073/interstitial-lung-disease-after-pleurodesis-for-malignant-pleural-effusion
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Norihito Yokoe, Eisuke Katsuda, Kenshi Kosaka, Rie Hamanaka, Ayako Matsubara, Masaki Nishimura, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Nobuhiro Asai, Ayumu Takahashi, Toshiki Kawamura, Tsuneo Ishiguchi, Etsuro Yamaguchi, Akihito Kubo
Objective Pleurodesis is an effective therapy for malignant pleural effusion (MPE). While interstitial lung disease (ILD) has been regarded as a serious complication of pleurodesis, its clinicopathological characteristics have not been fully understood. This study was conducted to elucidate the incidence of ILD and the risk factors for ILD in patients who underwent pleurodesis to control MPE. Methods The medical records of patients who underwent pleurodesis in Aichi Medical University between March 2008 and February 2013, the period before the approval of talc in Japan, were retrospectively analyzed...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716792/influence-of-family-history-on-the-willingness-of-outpatients-to-undergo-genetic-testing-for-salt-sensitive-hypertension-a-cross-sectional-study
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Taro Takeshima, Masanobu Okayama, Ryusuke Ae, Masanori Harada, Eiji Kajii
OBJECTIVES: It is unclear whether family medical history influences the willingness to undergo genetic testing. This study aimed to determine how family history affected the willingness to undergo genetic testing for salt-sensitive hypertension in patients with and without hypertension. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire. SETTING: Six primary care clinics and hospitals in Japan. PARTICIPANTS: Consecutive 1705 outpatients aged >20 years, 578 of whom had hypertension...
July 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716082/efficacy-of-hormonal-and-mental-treatments-with-mmpi-in-ftm-individuals-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-studies
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Hiroyuki Oda, Toshihiko Kinoshita
BACKGROUND: Cross-sex hormone treatment (CSHT) is an important option for gender dysphoria (GD) individuals to improve the quality of life. However, in Japan, sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and CSHT for GD had been discontinued until 1998 (over 30 years). After resumption, the number of GD individuals wishing treatment rapidly increased. On the other hand, the number of medical institutions available for evaluation was limited. For this reason, hormonal treatment has been administered to GD individuals requiring the prompt start of CSHT in the absence of mental health assessment by specialists...
July 17, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714830/efficiency-of-inpatient-orthopedic-surgery-in-japan-a-medical-claims-database-analysis
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Yoshinori Nakata, Tatsuya Yoshimura, Yuichi Watanabe, Hiroshi Otake, Giichiro Oiso, Tomohiro Sawa
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to determine the characteristics of healthcare facilities that produce the most efficient inpatient orthopedic surgery using a large-scale medical claims database in Japan. Design/methodology/approach Reimbursement claims data were obtained from April 1 through September 30, 2014. Input-oriented Banker-Charnes-Cooper model of data envelopment analysis (DEA) was employed. The decision-making unit was defined as a healthcare facility where orthopedic surgery was performed...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712721/comprehensive-cost-of-illness-of-three-major-diseases-in-japan
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Kunichika Matsumoto, Simpei Hanaoka, Yinghui Wu, Tomonori Hasegawa
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to calculate the burden of 3 major diseases (cancer, heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease [CVD]) using the cost of illness (COI) method. METHODS: As a modification of the original COI method developed by Rice, the estimated comprehensive COI (C-COI) of cancer, heart disease, and CVD were redefined. C-COI consists of medical direct, morbidity, and mortality costs (MtCs; components of the original COI); long-term care (LTC) direct cost (DC); and family burden (FB)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711778/the-efficacy-and-associated-bleeding-complications-of-recombinant-antithrombin-supplementation-among-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Hiroyuki Koami, Yuichiro Sakamoto, Ryota Sakurai, Miho Ohta, Hisashi Imahase, Mayuko Yahata, Mitsuru Umeka, Toru Miike, Futoshi Nagashima, Takashi Iwamura, Kosuke Chris Yamada, Satoshi Inoue
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and complications of recombinant antithrombin (rAT) supplementation for adult patients with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) compared with conventional plasma derived AT (pAT) treatment in the intensive care unit. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was performed in a single national university hospital in Japan. Adult patients from April 2015 to March 2016 with DIC were divided into two groups based on the type of AT agent used: the pAT group (n=24) and the rAT group (n=21)...
July 3, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711424/conversion-and-reversion-rates-in-japanese-older-people-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Hiroyuki Shimada, Hyuma Makizako, Takehiko Doi, SungChul Lee, Sangyoon Lee
OBJECTIVES: Approximately 25% of individuals who are diagnosed with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) revert to normal cognition (NC) rather than progressing to Alzheimer disease (AD). However, the prevalence of progression and reversion among older people in Asia remains unclear. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. SETTING: A community in Japan. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 4153 individuals without dementia aged ≥65 years were classified as having NC, aMCI single domain (aMCIs), non-aMCI single domain (naMCIs), aMCI multiple domain (aMCIm), non-aMCI multiple domain (naMCIm), or global cognitive impairment (GCI)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709901/multicenter-collaboration-study-on-the-%C3%AE-lactam-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-in-japan-the-65th-anniversary-public-interest-purpose-project-of-the-japanese-society-of-chemotherapy
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Yoshikazu Ishii, Kotaro Aoki, Kazuhiro Tateda, Hiroshi Kiyota
This study was conducted using the same method of the "1-day multicenter collaborative research for Clostridium difficile infectious". This surveillance study was performed by 38 participating medical facilities across Japan. Of the 268 fecal specimens collected in this study, 5 (1.9%) carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) were judged carbapenem resistant by the criteria of the Infectious Disease Act, Japan (2 mg/L or more and 64 mg/L or more MICs for imipenem and cefmetazole, respectively). However, no isolate was shown to have a meropenem MIC of 2 mg/L or more...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709409/misuse-of-emergent-healthcare-in-contemporary-japan
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Yasuhiro Kadooka, Atsushi Asai, Aya Enzo, Taketoshi Okita
BACKGROUND: Medical care is obviously an important public service to ensure the health of a nation; however, medical resources are not always used appropriately. 'Convenience-store consultations' and inappropriate ambulance transportation represent instances of such improper use by contemporary Japanese citizens in recent years. This article illustrates two examples of misuse and discusses potential countermeasures by considering factors contributing to these behaviours. MAIN BODY: From both public and medical perspectives, these patient behaviours are problematic, causing potential harm to others, negative consequences to such patients themselves, exhaustion of healthcare staff, and breakdown of emergency medical services...
July 14, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708463/epidemiological-trends-observed-from-molecular-characterization-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-blood-cultures-at-a-japanese-university-hospital-2012-2015
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Yuri Miura, Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Itaru Nakamura, Shinobu Koyama, Kiyoko Tamai, Takashi Okanda, Tetsuya Matsumoto
Despite increasing reports of skin and soft tissue infections caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) in Japan, the extent to which these strains cause nosocomial infections remains unknown, and this is especially true for bloodstream infections. In this study, we molecularly characterized MRSA isolates from Japanese blood samples. Among the 151 MRSA isolates collected from 53 medical facilities in 2011, 115 (76%) and 30 (20%) were classified as staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) types II and IV, respectively, while the Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) gene was detected in only two isolates...
July 14, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
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