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BACKGROUND Evidence for a link between long-term exposure to air pollution and lung cancer is limited to Western populations. In this prospective cohort study, we examined this association in a Japanese population. METHODS The study comprised 63 520 participants living in 6 areas in 3 Japanese prefectures who were enrolled between 1983 and 1985. Exposure(More)
Magnetic fields (MF) of 60 Hz at 1.2 microT were previously shown to inhibit the antiproliferative effect of melatonin on MCF-7 cells (Liburdy,R.P., 1993, J. Pimeal Res. 14, 89-97). In addition, three laboratories (Blackman,C.F. and Benane,S.G., 1998; Luben,R.A. and Morgan,A.P., 1998; Morris,J.E., Chrisler,W.B., Miller,D.L., Sasser,L.B. and Anderson,L.E.,(More)
Residential power-frequency magnetic fields (MFs) were labeled as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer panel. In response to great public concern, the World Health Organization urged that further epidemiologic studies be conducted in high-exposure areas such as Japan. We conducted a population-based case-control(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine whether low frequency magnetic field (MF) influences nighttime secretion of hormones, particularly melatonin. Ten healthy males stayed in the experimental room (2.7 m cube with 3 axis Merritt coils) on two separate nights. On one night, subjects were exposed to linearly polarized 50 Hz, 20 microT sinusoidal MF with(More)
Asian Dust (AD) particles transported from source areas contribute to sharp increases in coarse particles in Japan. We examined the association of exposure to AD events with emergency ambulance dispatches in Nagasaki city. We also examined whether AD transported at different altitude routes from source areas influenced dispatch rates. Using lidar (light(More)
BACKGROUND Apart from the conventional risk factors, cerebro-cardiovascular disease (CVD) are also reported to be associated with air pollution, thus lowering the level of exposure might contribute in prevention activities to reduce the associated adverse outcomes. Though few studies conducted in Japan have reported on the CVD mortality but none have(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to analyze the early healing process of bone tissue irradiated by Er:YAG laser and compare it with that treated by mechanical drilling and CO(2) laser. BACKGROUND DATA Er:YAG laser has a great potential for cutting hard tissues as it is capable of ablation with less thermal damage. METHODS Twenty-four male Wistar rats(More)
OBJECTIVE We assessed the association of fluctuations in ambient temperature, air pollutants, and Asian dust (AD) events with the hospitalization of children for asthma in Fukuoka City. METHODS Data on emergency hospitalizations of children under 12 years of age for asthma were collected at Fukuoka National Hospital. We obtained air pollution and(More)