Kazuhiko Taira

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The prevalence of dementing disorders in Campo Grande of a community of Japanese-Brazilians who immigrated from Okinawa was studied. Previous reports showed that the dietary pattern in Japanese immigrants in Brazil, which characterized by a low fish and large meat intake, is possibly responsible for increased risk of cardiovascular diseases compared with(More)
OBJECTIVE Some human studies and animal models of experimental osteoporosis have shown that soy isoflavones may be effective on bone health. In this study, we carried out an intervention study to explore the effects of dietary isoflavone on bone metabolism. METHODS Forty healthy female postmenopausal Japanese immigrants living in Brazil were divided into(More)
The effects of short naps and exercise on the sleep quality and mental health of elderly people was investigated. 'Interventions' by short naps after lunch and exercise of moderate intensity in the evening were carried out for 4 weeks. After the 'intervention', awake time after sleep onset decreased significantly and sleep efficiency increased(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between a history of hypertension, cigarette smoking and alcohol intake and the lifetime prevalence of stroke in the oldest-old population. DESIGN A cross-sectional study. SUBJECTS All of the Japanese centenarians in the Okinawa Prefecture (266 men and 1,378 women). METHODS Okinawa Prefectural Government(More)
The factors that influence sleep health and mental health in junior high school students' lifestyles was examined. The proportion of students who replied that they feel bad in the morning, and who do not have breakfast was significantly higher in poor sleepers. The proportion of students who regularly take exercise was significantly lower among poor(More)
In an effort to identify risk factors for insomnia and determine the contribution of nightime road traffic volume to insomnia in the general population, a questionnaire survey was carried out among 3,600 adult Japanese women living in eight urban residential areas. The crude prevalence rate of insomnia was 11.2%. Multivariate analysis revealed that aging,(More)
The study was conducted in the Prefecture of Longevity, Okinawa, on the elderly living in the village of Ogimi. It was revealed that those in the good sleep health group took short naps, a significantly fewer number fell into dozes, and a significantly greater number exercised regularly or walked. A significantly greater number of this group maintained(More)
Based on a population survey on insomnia among 3600 adult Japanese women living in urban areas, the prevalence of use of medically prescribed hypnotics is determined. The prevalence of use of medically prescribed hypnotics increases with an increase in age (<1.0% for those aged 49 or younger, while 14.3% for those aged 70 or older), in agreement with the(More)