June 24, 2015
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.
June 23, 2015
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.
June 02, 2015
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.
May 28, 2015
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.
May 17, 2015
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.
May 16, 2015
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.
May 07, 2015
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.
May 04, 2015
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.
May 02, 2015
KYOTO--Researchers here said they have converted skin tissue into nerve cells using commercially available chemicals.
April 25, 2015
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.
April 17, 2015
Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company is teaming up with a pioneering research institute headed by Nobel Prize laureate Shinya Yamanaka to develop medicines using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
March 30, 2015
Japanese and U.S. researchers have successfully tested an Ebola vaccine on a monkey species in what could be a silver-bullet breakthrough in the fight against the deadly disease.
March 26, 2015
Japanese researchers have found a way to observe the spread of the influenza virus inside living tissue without the need to dissect, a development that may herald more effective treatments for conditions like pneumonia.
March 25, 2015
NAGOYA--Researchers from three universities here are conducting a five-year study to determine if children with developmental disorders can improve their communication skills by interacting with a communicative robot.
March 23, 2015
A team of researchers has developed a method to more precisely estimate the doses of radiation to the thyroid glands of people who received medical examinations shortly after the Fukushima nuclear crisis unfurled.
March 19, 2015
Researchers in Osaka have developed a hybrid nerve cell in mice that could lead to treatment for nerve damage that is less invasive on patients than current methods.
March 13, 2015
KOBE--Kindergartner Honoka Takeda was born without a left hand, so she could only watch as her classmates scrambled over the playground jungle gym.
March 12, 2015
Japanese scientists have discovered that wormlike nematodes are attracted to the smell of urine from cancer patients, a finding that may pave the way for simple, low-cost tests to detect the disease.
February 28, 2015
Researchers at Kyoto University created cartilage tissue from human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and successfully transplanted it into a pig, a feat that has promising applications in regenerative medicine.
February 27, 2015
NAGOYA--Scientists have developed a robot that resembles a polar bear but can gently carry elderly people or help them stand upright.