Researchers test a computerized camera system that can see through an operating physician’s hands to allow for clearer recordings of the procedure for education purposes. (Provided by the Aichi Institute of Technology)
Researchers creating see-through recording system for surgeries
TOYOTA, Aichi Prefecture--Japanese researchers are developing a computerized camera system that can see through the hands and heads of surgeons and record their operating techniques.
The Asahi Shimbun
Scientists create cancer stem cells with iPS cell-based technology
Japanese researchers have succeeded in engineering a large number of cancer stem cells from colorectal tumors, paving the way to developing more effective treatment for malignant tumors.
A 2-year-old boy plays at a park near his family’s home two months before his death, which is believed to have been caused by propofol infusion syndrome. (Provided by the boy's family)
Tokyo hospital gave 16 children excessive doses of anesthetic agent propofol
Physicians at Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital administered an anesthetic to 16 children at levels that could cause fatal side effects, documents obtained by The Asahi Shimbun have revealed.
Mice for experimental use (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Cryopreservation of mice testes offers young cancer patients fertility hope
Japanese scientists have produced offspring for the first time from sperm generated from testicular tissue that had been removed from newborn mice and then frozen, giving hope that young cancer patients can one day father children.
A patient who suspects he is suffering from gout is examined by a doctor in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Worried about gout? It's in the genes
Hyperuricemia, a condition that increases a person's chances of being crippled with gout, is affected more by mutations in a particular gene than by obesity or habitual drinking, researchers say.
The Asahi Shimbun
Researchers: iPS cells may help cure intractable neural disease
KYOTO--Scientists have delayed the progression of an incurable neural disease by transplanting human cells derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into affected mice.
High school students descend a steep slope around a crater on Mount Fuji last August. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Parents warned kids could fall sick climbing Mt. Fuji
Parents should think twice before pushing their children to scale Mount Fuji.
Lab technicians check blood samples for infectious diseases. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Syphilis cases continue to rise among men in Kanto region
The number of people who have contracted syphilis reached 548 as of May 25, on pace to top last year's mark of 1,226 cases, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.
The Asahi Shimbun
Researchers find slim elderly men more at risk of requiring nursing care
Slim elderly men are at twice the risk of developing conditions requiring nursing care than their overweight counterparts, according to a research team at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.
A smoking corner in a park in Fukuoka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study: Elderly smokers twice as likely to develop dementia than nonsmokers
FUKUOKA--Elderly smokers are at twice the risk of developing senile dementia than their nonsmoking counterparts, according to a 15-year study by a Kyushu University research team.
A woman puts a diaper on a baby in Tokyo. Diaper rash is a problem not only for babies, but also for the elderly. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyoto University researchers discover cause of diaper rash
KYOTO--Researchers at Kyoto University have unraveled the mechanism behind diaper rash, which has long been a painful problem not only for infants, but also for the elderly.
The Asahi Shimbun
Surgeons transplant part of man's right lung to wife's left lung
KYOTO--Surgeons at Kyoto University Hospital transplanted part of a man's right lung into his wife's left lung, the medical institute announced May 14. It was the world’s first such living donor lung transplant.
Moisturizing agents applied to newborns after they are bathed helps prevent atopic dermatitis, or eczema, a new study finds. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study: Moisturizing lotion after birth cuts atopic skin risk in infants
A newborn's risk of developing atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema, could be cut by 30 percent if a moisturizing agent is applied right after birth for a prolonged period, according to a new study.
Yuina Kubo, 3, and her mother Saori, 29, receive training at the Hyogo Rehabilitation Center Hospital in March. (Yoshiko Sato)
Kobe hospital to open prosthetic arm bank for kids
KOBE--A Kobe hospital is organizing a prosthetic arm bank to lend artificial limbs to children who can use the devices for training ahead of acquiring their own prosthetic arms.
The Asahi Shimbun
Academic entrepreneurs to test cancer therapy using iPS cells
KYOTO--A new venture capital company spun off from Kyoto University is attempting to develop a cancer therapy that uses induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to rejuvenate debilitated immune cells.
The Asahi Shimbun
Scientists: Lethal, difficult-to-detect bacterium invading western Japan
Researchers are warning about the potential spread of an elusive bacterium that has killed two patients and infected more than 100 others in hospitals in western Japan.
Human iPS cells (Provided by Kyoto University)
Stem cell scientists clear obstacle in treating Parkinson’s disease
Japanese scientists have succeeded in efficiently producing nerve cells to treat Parkinson’s disease from human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
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