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Sleep loss may up appetite for sugary, fatty foods

Sleep loss may up appetite for sugary, fatty foodsTokyo, Dec 7 : Is it hard for you to avoid gorging on sugar-laden sweets and oily samosas? Your lack of proper sleep is to be blamed.
[NK Health] A new study has suggested that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep loss leads to increased consumption of unhealthy foods, specifically sucrose and fat.


NEC delivers infra red thermography cameras as counter measure against Ebola

NEC delivers infra red thermography cameras as counter measure against EbolaTokyo, Jan 27 : NEC Corporation today announced the delivery of infrared thermography cameras via the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to support counter measures against Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa.

It delivered four units to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, and five units to the Republic of Ghana.


Japanese beauty, health products favourite among women

Japanese beauty, health products favourite among womenTokyo, Sept. 30 - Oil free cosmetics are a favourite of every woman. In Japan, manufacturers give special emphasis to cosmetics which are 'safe' for every skin.

"The concept of our skin care products is "oil cut". It's important to fill horny cell layer with water in order to keep beauty and healthy skin. We researched what is really needed to keep that skin. And, we found that is not oil, but water," said Haruka Okumura, Orbis Inc.


Japanese manufacturers of medical devices focuses on advance technology

Japanese manufacturers of medical devices focuses on advance technologyTokyo, July 7 : Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women globally. But, if the disease can be detected at early stage, the cure is possible.

The consultation rate of breast cancer screening in Japan is 20-30%, which is low as compared to the U. S and Europe. Many countries are promoting initiatives aimed at increasing the numbers of the breast cancer screening rate.


Researchers aim to build human hearts using 3-D printer

Researchers aim to build human hearts using 3-D printerTokyo, April 11 : Researchers are attempting to build human hearts with a 3-D printer using the patients own cells that could be transplanted.

The team from the University of Louisville aims to first make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, however, the process will take several years before its put in a person, the Japan Times reported.


Cancer risk escalates among Fukushima kids

Cancer risk escalates among Fukushima kidsTokyo, February 26 : A new study has revealed that the cancer risk among 1-year-old girls in Fukushima has increased slightly.


'Junk DNA' in brain may cause schizophrenia

'Junk DNA' in brain may cause schizophreniaTokyo, Jan 3 - Often dubbed 'junk DNA', retrotransposons - short sequences of DNA that autonomously amplify and move around the genome - may play a key role in developing schizophrenia.


Kidney tissue generated from iPS cells for first time

Kidney tissue generated from iPS cells for first timeTokyo, January 23: Kyoto University researchers have for the first time successfully generated kidney tissue from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells.

To accomplish it, the team led by Kenji Osafune, an associate professor at the university''s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, generated part of a urinary tubule using iPS cells that are capable of developing into all tissues of the body.


Prozac also spurs formation of new brain cells

Prozac also spurs formation of new brain cellsTokyo, Jan 6 - Popular drug Prozac (fluoxetine), prescribed in depression and panic attacks, may also spur production of new brain cells in the grey matter, say researchers.

The researchers based at the Institute for Comprehensive Medical Science, Fujita Health University, Aichi, Japan, named these brain cells as "Layer 1 Inhibitory Neuron Progenitor cells" (L1-INP).


Fukushima cancer risk very ‘low’, says UN

Fukushima cancer risk very ‘low’, says UNTokyo, Nov 27 : There is a low risk that cancer rates will rise among residents near Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, a preliminary report by the World Health Organization has said.

The report, released Sunday, said the possibility that cancer risks will significantly rise among adults and children, excluding newborns, is low based on the statistics of actual cancer incidence.


Eyelash extensions new rage among women

Eyelash extensions new rage among womenTokyo, Nov 2 : Eyelash extensions have become a popular beauty procedure among women across all ages, and salons with therapists specializing in the treatment are surging, it has been revealed.

Semipermanent eyelash extensions used to be "a beauty technique just for celebrities such as fashion models," Maki Miura, head of the Japan Eyelist Association said.


Fukushima tobacco detected with above-limit radioactive cesium

Fukushima tobacco detected with above-limit radioactive cesiumTokyo, Oct 11 : Japan Tobacco Inc. has said that radioactive cesium levels found in some dried tobacco leaves harvested in Fukushima Prefecture this year exceeded the company's limit of 100 Becquerel per kilogram.

The company said it will cancel the purchase of some 4.5 tons of leaves found to be contaminated.


Human brain bigger than chimp's from foetal stage

Human brain bigger than chimp's from foetal stageTokyo, Sep 26 - Human brain is larger than that of their chimp cousins from the foetal stage itself, says the first ever study to track and compare their brain growths.

Satoshi Hirata of Kyoto University and colleagues Tomoko Sakai and Hideko Takeshita have found that human and chimp brains begin to show remarkable differences very early in life.


Japan quake triggers sharp rise in heart disease

Japan quake triggers sharp rise in heart diseaseTokyo, Aug 28 - The massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan March 11 last year, in which nearly 16,000 people were killed, also triggered a sharp rise in the incidence of heart disease, according to medical records.


Smoking, hypertension the biggest killers in Japan

Smoking, hypertension the biggest killers in JapanTokyo, Jan 25 - Even though the Japanese have the world's highest life expectancy, smoking and high blood pressure (BP) still remain the biggest health hazards, reveals a study.

An analytical study, led by Nayu Ikeda from the University of Tokyo, found that in 2007, tobacco smoking and high BP among adults aged 30 years and above accounted for 129,000 and 104,000 deaths respectively in Japan.


Ex Japan’s Fukushima nuke plant chief suffering from esophageal cancer

 Ex Japan’s Fukushima nuke plant chief suffering from esophageal cancerTokyo, Dec 10: Former Japan's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant chief is suffering from esophageal cancer, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has said.

TEPCO ruled out that Masao Yoshida's cancer was caused due to the nuclear crisis since he was exposed to 70 millisieverts of cumulative amount of radiation since the crisis.


Fast test for severe form of food poisoning

Fast test for severe form of food poisoningTokyo, Nov 10 - A fast and reliable new test under development could help people avoid a terrible type of food poisoning that comes from eating fish tainted with a difficult-to-detect toxin from marine algae growing in warm waters.

The researchers say the method out-does current detection methods. Besides helping diagnose patients, it will also help scientists study how the toxins move through the food chain from one animal to another.


New method tracks radiation levels faster

New method tracks radiation levels fasterTokyo, Nov 9 - Researchers have hit upon a new way of tracking radiation faster and more efficiently at nuclear power plant accident sites.

Seiichi Yamamoto and Jun Hatazawa from Kobe City College of Technology and Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, have combined three modes of detection into a single hybrid technology.


Japan''s green tea contaminated with radiation above permitted level

 Japan''s green tea contaminated with radiation above permitted level Tokyo, June 10: Japanese green tea, which is widely known across the world for its purity and health-enhancing properties, has reportedly been contaminated with radiation following the accident in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant caused by the March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami.


Bird flu in Japan: 40,000 chickens culled

Bird-fluTokyo, Jan 31 : About 40,000 chickens were killed Monday at a poultry farm in southern Japan after dead chickens found there were confirmed as infected with the bird-flu virus, news reports said.

At the farm in Miyazaki prefecture on the island of Kyushu, 90 chickens were found dead Sunday in the winter's sixth outbreak of bird flu in the prefecture and the ninth in the country.


Death of pregnant Japanese woman sparks controversy

Tokyo - The death of a 36-year-old pregnant woman who died after she was refused admission by seven hospitals in Tokyo sparked heated debates over a shortage of doctors, newspapers said Thursday.

The woman's gynecologist had asked a Tokyo hospital earlier this month to urgently treat the expecting mother, who was suffering from unusually acute headaches, but the clinic rejected her, saying no obstetrician was on duty. Six other hospital also refused admission.


Stressed Japanese workers take to intravenous drip to deal with depression

London, October 4 : A clinic in Tokyo is attracting more and more weary workers who arrive here for an intravenous drip that provides an instant pick-me-up.

Tenteki10 clinics are said to be more akin to a bar.

Workers arrive here during their lunch breaks or at the end of another stressful day to get a boost in the form of an intravenous drip.

The drips take 10 minutes to administer, while stressed-out employees watch a flat-screen TV or make small talk with each other.


Loose weight – the fun way – courtesy ‘hooping’!

Tokyo, July 27 : Looking for a fun way to get rid of that extra flab? Well, consider hooping, a fitness trend that will let you have a blast while slimming down.

The athletic recreational activity is basically a new and improved version of hula hooping and it is about to become the next big thing in Tokyo.

In hooping, you sway your hips slightly and send a large ring rotating around your body.


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