Group A Streptococcus (Provided by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases)
Flesh-eating bacterium infections near 300 in Japan
A deadly flesh-eating bacterium has infected 284 people as of Aug. 16, already shattering Japan’s annual record and prompting advisories from health experts, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.
Smoke emitted from cigarettes contains a harmful substance. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Survey: Secondhand smoke puts nonsmoking male at greater risk for gum disease
Even if they do not smoke, males who are exposed to secondhand smoke run more than three times the risk of contracting serious periodontal disease, a survey showed.
A test dog food containing rosemary and green tea extracts will be used in a three-year trial conducted by Gifu University researchers. (Yutaro Nishino)
Gifu University to test anti-cancer dog food
GIFU--A dog food spiced with extracts of a healing herb and green tea might prevent cancer in canines, say Gifu University researchers.
A boy with atopic dermatitis puts his hand in an aquarium as fish are attracted to the area with the rash. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Electric shock therapy eases itching caused by dermatitis
Scientists have found that applying a weak electric shock can suppress itching caused by atopic dermatitis, which they expect will lead to an alternative remedy as the shock treatment had no side effects in comparison to the use of drugs.
The National Cancer Center in Tokyo's Tsukiji district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese scientists identify 32 gene anomalies that cause biliary tract cancer
Dozens of genetic abnormalities that cause bile duct and gallbladder cancer have been identified by Japanese researchers, a breakthrough that may lead to improved treatment for such tumors.
Japan’s first biosafety level 4 facility to handle highly infectious diseases will soon start operations at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases’ Murayama Branch Laboratories in Musashi-Murayama, western Tokyo. (Provided by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases)
Japan’s first BSL-4 lab to open in western Tokyo in August
Japan’s first laboratory with a top biosafety level clearance to deal with highly dangerous diseases, such as Ebola, is set to start operations in western Tokyo.
A recent study by Japanese scientists shows the risk of diabetes drops sharply if smokers abstain from smoking for 10 years. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study on diabetes finds another good reason to quit smoking
Smokers are more susceptible to developing diabetes, but they can lower the risk to the level of nonsmokers by refraining from lighting up for at least 10 years, according to Japanese researchers.
Kagoshima University professor Kenichiro Kosai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Scientists develop method to kill iPS-derived cells with high cancer risk
Researchers said July 21 they have found a way to eliminate cells derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that have a high risk of becoming cancerous, a development that could lead to clinical applications of iPS cells.
A syringe called an epinephrine pen is used to treat patients with severe allergic reactions known as anaphylactic shock. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Scientists identify substance that curbs food allergies
Researchers said they have discovered a substance that contains a proliferation of cells that cause allergic reactions to certain types of food, which they hope will pave the way for eradicating food allergies.
Sunstar Inc.’s zero-sugar “Kenko Dojo Umakutsukiau 80 Kilocalories Shokora” chocolate will go on sale from July 26. (Tomoyuki Izawa)
Sunstar develops zero-sugar chocolate for diabetics
Diabetics with a sweet tooth can now satisfy their craving with a low-calorie, sugar-free chocolate that its developer says is the perfect snack for people with the debilitating condition as well as other health-conscious consumers.
Medical records that were discovered at the Saga Prefecture Medical Center Koseikan in Saga (Provided by a study group on medical history in Saga Prefecture)
1945 medical records detail Saga hospital's struggle to treat A-bomb victims
SAGA--Doctors made frantic but often futile efforts to ease the painful symptoms among people who returned to Saga Prefecture soon after being exposed to radiation in the 1945 atomic bombings, medical records show.
Kyoto University (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyoto scientists find key molecule in fight against colorectal cancer
KYOTO--Safer and better treatment to combat colorectal cancer is likely after scientists in Kyoto identified a key molecule involved in creating the often fatal disease.
The National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will conduct the world’s first clinical study to examine the effects of atrial natriuretic peptide on the spread of lung cancer. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
World's 1st study planned on cardiac hormone that could inhibit spread of lung cancer
SUITA, Osaka Prefecture--Researchers are preparing the world’s first clinical test of a new type of metastasis suppressor agent that could prevent the spread of tumors in patients with lung cancer after surgery.
Raw pork liver has become popular among meat lovers since the ban on raw beef liver in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Health ministry removing raw pork, liver from restaurant menus
The health ministry will ban all raw pork, including the “liver sashimi” delicacy, from restaurants because of the risk of hepatitis E infection and parasitic food poisoning.
Elderly people visit children in a child-care center in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study: Health risks rise for seniors who don't socialize
Seniors who seldom interact with people outside their homes have a higher risk of requiring nursing care, developing dementia or even dying, according to a study.
The Asahi Shimbun
Scientists to use iPS cells to develop method to treat Parkinson's disease
Researchers at Kyoto University are set to begin clinical studies, possibly as early as next year, to verify a cell replacement therapy that uses human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to treat Parkinson’s disease.
Children at an elementary school in Kumamoto Prefecture learn how to make tea in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study: Drinking coffee, green tea daily lowers risk of death
Cups of coffee or green tea can work not only as daily pick-me-ups, but they can also lower the risk of death by almost one-quarter, according to a nearly two-decade study covering up to 90,000 people.
Researchers of a pharmaceutical company develop new medicines. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Health ministry to shorten screening period for new medicines to 6 months
The health ministry will halve the screening period for newly developed medicines to six months to encourage pharmaceutical companies to create epoch-making drugs for such diseases as cancer and dementia.
The Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Scientists discover technique that turns skin tissue into nerve cells
KYOTO--Researchers here said they have converted skin tissue into nerve cells using commercially available chemicals.
An adult T-cell leukemia cancer cell, center (Provided by Kaoru Uchimaru, associate professor at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science)
Scientists find AIDS medicine kills type of leukemia cancer cell
Researchers from Kyoto University have discovered that a drug used to treat AIDS also kills adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) cancer cells, a finding that offers hope to tens of thousands of sufferers in Japan.

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