Mikako Inokuchi

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BACKGROUND The objective of this retrospective descriptive study was to determine whether the universal influenza vaccination for schoolchildren was effective in controlling influenza outbreaks in a school. A universal vaccination program for schoolchildren was started in Japan in the 1960s, but the government abandoned the program in 1994 because of lack(More)
UNLABELLED The aim of this study was to derive the mean and +/-1, 2 and 2.5 SD body mass index (BMI) reference ranges as a supplement to the BMI centile reference values published previously for the same group of Japanese children. It is based on 14,012 boys and 13,781 girls of 1.5-18.5 years of age as studied in 1978-1981. The LMS method was utilized for(More)
BACKGROUND The obesity epidemic in Japan continues to increase. However, the prevalence and trends of obesity have not explicitly been determined in Japanese children. AIM The study estimated the trend and prevalence of overweight in Japanese school children, 1980-2001. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The 2001 cross-sectional national survey on 334,939 boys and(More)
We report a case of a 13-year-old female with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) and primary hypothyroidism followed by type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM), both of which are rare complications. In LCH diagnosis, imaging studies showed an enlargement of the thyroid gland, suggesting the involvement of LCH cells. While the pancreas appeared normal, insulin(More)
BACKGROUND Excessive thinness has been glamorized among Japanese adolescent girls, and unhealthy dieting to lose weight has become a popular practice among them. The prevalence of underweight in contemporary Japanese girls in comparison with that of boys, however, remains to be studied. AIM The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence and(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of overweight among Japanese children and adolescents has steadily increased during the last 20 years. Thus, we utilized the 1978-1981 data collected by the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry to construct reference curves of body mass index (BMI) for contemporary Japanese children and adolescents. METHODS BMI(More)
BACKGROUND BMI or BMI% adjusted for age has been identified as the optimal measure of short-term adiposity change in kindergarten children aged 29-68 months. The optimal measure of annual adiposity change in older age children, however, has not been determined. AIM To identify the optimal measure of annual adiposity change for Japanese children aged 6-12(More)
The aim of this study was to set forth an age-dependent percentile for waist circumference of Japanese children and to compare the reference with data from other countries. We utilized the 1992-1994 cross-sectional national survey data on waist circumference as measured at two benchmark sites in 10,614 Japanese children (5,851 boys, 4,763 girls) aged(More)
BACKGROUND The past decades have witnessed a steady increase in thin body stature associated with unhealthy dieting among Japanese female adolescents. The most recent trends in thinness, however, have not been reported. AIM To describe changes in the distribution of body mass index (BMI) of Japanese female adolescents, from 2003-2012. SUBJECTS AND(More)
BACKGROUND The desire for thin body stature and unhealthy eating behaviours have spread among Japanese boys. The prevalence of thinness in boys is expected to increase; however, recent trends have not been reported. AIM To describe changes in the distribution of body mass index (BMI) of Japanese boys, from 2003 to 2012. SUBJECTS AND METHODS BMI(More)