Hiromi Ouchi

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In Japan, a large U.S. export market, there has been growing public opposition against genetically modified (GM) foods. Using a dichotomous choice contingent valuation method, findings show the discount needed for Japanese Seikyou consumers to purchase GM food products is positively affected (i.e., a greater discount is required) by higher levels of(More)
The discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as ‘mad cow disease’, in Japan caused anxiety about consuming beef and beef products. As a result, there was a sudden fall in sales of beef that hurt the Japanese beef industry as well as major beef exporters to Japan. We analyse factors that affect Japanese consumers’ willingness to(More)
We previously proposed the hypothesis of endogenous anticholinergic activity (AA) in Alzheimer's disease (AD). According to this hypothesis, the downregulation of acetylcholine seen in AD is associated with upregulation/hyperactivity of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR). The hyperactivation of NMDAR then induces inflammation, which, in turn, causes AA(More)
We examined barrier size (pore size) and charge selectivity (anionic sites) of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) in experimental diabetes. For estimation of the pore size we employed a new method, tissue negative staining. In diabetic rats, enlarged pores and decreased numbers of anionic sites of GBM were observed. Both insulin treatment and(More)
In this article, we review and repropose our hypothesis of the endogenous appearance of anticholinergic activity (AA) in Alzheimer's disease (AD). First, we introduce our previous articles and speculate that, because acetylcholine (ACh) regulates both cognitive function and inflammation, downregulation of this neurotransmitter causes upregulation of the(More)
a Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA b Research Center for Nuclear Physics, Osaka University, Osaka 567-0047, Japan c Department of Physics, Konan University, Kobe 568-8501, Japan d Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut, University of Groningen, 9747 AA Groningen, The Netherlands e Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center, Tohoku(More)
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