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Paralysis recovery breakthrough as scientists uncover nerves' regeneration powers
OKAZAKI, Aichi Prefecture--A Japanese research team has uncovered a method the brain uses to recover from paralysis caused by cerebral hemorrhage, potentially leading to more effective physical therapy.
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Worried about diabetes? Try eating fish or meat before rice
To lower the risk of developing diabetes, try eating either fish or meat before tucking into a bowl of rice at mealtimes.
Intermediately reprogrammed stem (iRS) cells glowing green indicate their transformation into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, shown in red. (Provided by Takashi Tada, an associate professor at Kyoto University)
Kyoto University researchers observe mid-transformation iPS cells for first time
KYOTO--Kyoto University scientists found a way to detect the elusive moment when human body cells transform into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, a method that could improve research into illnesses and regenerative medicine treatments.
An artist's rendition of the planned new school of medicine (Provided by International University of Health and Welfare)
New Narita medicine school to court 'medical tourists'
Japan's first new school of medicine in 38 years will open close to Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture with the aim of capitalizing on the “medical tourism” market and attracting foreign visitors for medical check-ups and treatments from world-class physicians.
Nobel Prize laureate Satoshi Omura receives another award at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building on Dec. 22. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study: Omura's drug for river blindness could treat biliary tract cancer
An antiparasitic drug developed by Nobel Prize laureate Satoshi Omura could help patients fight biliary tract cancer, but securing safety for such treatments remains an issue, scientists said.
Energy drink caffeine overdose killed night shift worker, forensic expert says
A Kyushu man in his 20s who relied on prodigious quantities of energy drinks and pills to stay awake during his night shift job eventually died of a caffeine overdose, a pathologist said Dec. 21.
Asthma drug viewed as Alzheimer’s research breakthrough
A medicine used to treat asthma may also be effective for Alzheimer’s disease, Japanese scientists said in a study published Dec. 16.
Shinya Yamanaka, director of Kyoto University's Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, left, and Christophe Weber, president of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., at a news conference in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Dec. 15. (Roku Goda)
Kyoto University teams with leading drugmaker to use iPS cells to treat diseases
Kyoto University’s iPS research center and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. are partnering to develop clinical applications of induced pluripotent stem cells to treat patients of diabetes and other diseases, it was announced Dec. 15.
A high school girl at a gathering in Osaka's Naniwa Ward on Dec. 13 describes the side effects she suffered after receiving a vaccination against cervical cancer. (Takahiro Takenouchi)
Still in pain, vaccinated schoolgirls warn of side effects from drugs
OSAKA--A 17-year-old girl who was vaccinated against cervical cancer is now praying for a cure to end the excruciating side effects from the government-recommended medication.
A human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell (Provided by Shinya Yamanaka)
Lab-grown heart, pancreatic tissue could be tested on humans soon
Heart muscles and pancreatic cells grown by scientists could be tested on humans in just a few years, according to the science ministry.
A counselor responds to a caller to a suicide prevention hotline. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study: Japanese male managers at higher suicide risk than those on lower rung
Japanese male senior business managers, including executives, are at a higher risk for suicide than lower-level employees, according to the findings of a Japanese research team.
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Scientists create world’s thinnest artificial blood vessel
SUITA, Osaka Prefecture--Researchers have announced that they have developed an artificial blood vessel measuring 0.6 millimeters in diameter, the thinnest in the world, which they expect to lead to applications for surgeries to connect cerebral arteries or lymphatic vessels.
Yoshiyuki Sankai, a professor of engineering at the University of Tsukuba, explains the “Robot Suit HAL” in a news conference held in the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Tokyo on Nov. 25. (Takahiro Takenouchi)
'Robot Suit HAL' gets nod as medical device to help patients walk
The health ministry has certified “Robot Suit HAL” as a medical device to help patients with intractable diseases regain mobility in their legs.
Proton beam equipment used at Hokkaido University Hospital (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Trials begin on proton beam therapy for early-stage breast cancer
Researchers in southern Japan have begun clinical trials for a new treatment of early-stage breast cancer using proton beams instead of routine partial mastectomy.
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Ministry to certify ‘Robot Suit HAL’ as medical device to help patients walk
A health ministry panel on Nov. 10 for the first time approved a wearable, robotic suit for designation as a medical device to help patients with intractable diseases regain their walking abilities.
The National Cancer Center building in Tokyo's Chuo Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers develop handy, accurate test for pancreatic cancer
Scientists at the National Cancer Center Research Institute in Tokyo have developed a highly accurate simple test kit for early detection of pancreatic cancer, which is difficult to treat.
A new device sends extremely small electric currents to the throat, making it easier to properly swallow food or drinks. (Etsuko Akuzawa)
Researchers: Device stimulates swallowing reflex, prevents pneumonia
A portable device that uses tiny electric currents to improve the swallowing reflex has gone on sale to help prevent pneumonia among elderly people and ailing patients, researchers said.
A man living alone in an apartment in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, stares out at the evening twilight from the balcony of his unit on the 14th floor of the building. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Eating with others fights depression in lone elderly males, survey finds
Elderly males who live and often eat alone are about 2.7 times more likely to suffer from depression than other senior men who often dine with other people, an extensive national survey has found.
Laxative pills caused 3 deaths since 2012
Magnesium oxide pills consumed to ease constipation were responsible for three deaths and two dozen cases of adverse side effects over the past three-and-a-half years, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency said Oct. 20.
A health-care worker is injected with a vaccine for a new type of influenza in 2009. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers hail test ‘panacea’ for type A flu in mice
Japanese researchers said a new vaccine for type A influenza virus tested on mice could be a silver-bullet breakthrough in the fight against the disease in humans.

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