A doctor at Shinshu University Hospital simulates brain surgery using a surgical assistance robot, left foreground, while looking through a microscope.
New robot gives surgeons a helping hand
MATSUMOTO, Nagano Prefecture--The Shinshu University School of Medicine and Japan's leading auto parts maker Denso Corp. unveiled a jointly developed assistance robot that supports a surgeon's arm during operations.
Mammograms are used to detect breast cancer. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers: Overweight women at greater risk of developing breast cancer
Research by the National Cancer Center suggests that the more obese a woman is, the more likely she is to develop breast cancer.
The Asahi Shimbun
Moisturizing skin of newborns may prevent future allergies, say researchers
Japanese researchers say allergies like atopic dermatitis and those involving food may be preventable if moisturizer is applied to the skin of newborns after birth.
Junichi Shoda, professor of gastroenterological medicine at the University of Tsukuba, assumes a squatting position on a whole body vibration machine in August. (Toru Igarashi)
Researchers: Regimen of 'good' vibrations can alleviate fatty liver disease
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--Patients suffering from fatty liver disease could significantly improve their conditions by regularly hopping on a platform that transmits vertical and horizontal vibrations throughout their bodies, according to researchers at the University of Tsukuba.
Masayo Takahashi, a researcher of Riken’s Center for Developmental Biology, gives a lecture in Kobe on Sept. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
iPS researcher: Epoch-making clinical test clears only first step
KOBE--Masayo Takahashi, a researcher who led the world’s first surgery of implanting induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a human body, said many more years are needed to make the technology a common treatment method.
The Asahi Shimbun
Researchers: iPS cell study shows cholesterol drug could cure bone disease
KYOTO--Researchers said a combination of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and drugs designed to lower cholesterol could lead to an effective treatment for a rare but intractable bone disorder.
Masayo Takahashi, a researcher at Riken’s Center for Developmental Biology, talks about the operation at a news conference in Kobe on Sept. 12. (Yoshinori Mizuno)
Researchers perform world's 1st iPS cell implant surgery on human
Japanese researchers conducted the world's first surgery to implant induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a human body, representing a major step forward for regenerative medicine.
Kazutoshi Mori (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyoto University professor wins U.S. Lasker Award
Kyoto University professor Kazutoshi Mori and a fellow U.S. researcher won the most prestigious medical award in the United States for their groundbreaking work on cellular processes that contribute to a range of diseases.
The Asahi Shimbun
Scientists aiming for method that will detect 13 types of cancer from single blood sample
Researchers said they are developing a method that will enable the early detection of 13 common types of cancer from just one blood test.
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.

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