Mineka Yoshikawa

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It is clinically important to evaluate tongue function in terms of rehabilitation of swallowing and eating ability. We have developed a disposable tongue pressure measurement device designed for clinical use. In this study we used this device to determine standard values of maximum tongue pressure in adult Japanese. Eight hundred fifty-three subjects (408(More)
BACKGROUND Although age-related changes resulting in slowing of the swallowing reflex and a decline in the neuromuscular control system have been reported, there have been few reports on swallowing function in dentate elderly persons. The purpose of this study was to clarify the primary influence of aging on swallowing in healthy dentate elderly persons(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the influence of dental occlusion, with or without the use of dentures, on mortality in community-dwelling elderly persons. SUBJECTS A total of 1030 randomly selected healthy independent elderly aged 65 and over were surveyed in 1995. For the study reported here, subjects were classified into three groups according to the presence or(More)
OBJECTIVE Dysphagia is a critical issue in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. An evaluation of swallowing function is important for assessing the risk of aspiration. We investigated the validity of tongue sonography compared with videofluoroscopic examination for ALS patients. METHODS We investigated 18 ALS patients. Nine subjects underwent(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE To quantitatively estimate tongue function, we developed a handy device for intraoral pressure measurement. The objective of this study was to assess maximum voluntary tongue pressure (MVTP) in Japanese frail elderly persons receiving nursing care services. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study included 42 men and 87 women, aged 58-100(More)
OBJECTIVES To clarify the influence of aging and denture use on swallowing in healthy edentulous people aged 75 and older. DESIGN A cross-sectional research design was used with participants from Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima University, and Hiroshima City. SETTING Participants were examined in Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan.(More)
A new tongue pressure device consisting of a simple and safe disposable probe and manometer has been developed. This report describes a study that examined the validity of the new device, comparing it to a widely used tongue pressure manometer, the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument (IOPI), and to the stable adhered three air-filled bulbs manometry system.(More)
AIM The purpose of this study was to clarify the correlation between dental and nutritional status among community-dwelling elderly Japanese people. METHODS The subjects were 182 elderly individuals, aged 65-85 years, who voluntarily participated in a health seminar at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine. These subjects were divided into two groups(More)
Swallowing dysfunction caused by stroke is a risk factor for aspiration pneumonia. Tongue pressure measurement is a simple and noninvasive method for evaluating swallowing dysfunction. We have hypothesized that low tongue pressure may be able to predict pneumonia occurrence in acute stroke patients. Tongue pressure was measured using balloon-type equipment(More)
Dysphagia occurs in acute stroke patients at high rates, and many of them develop aspiration pneumonia. Team approaches with the cooperation of various professionals have the power to improve the quality of medical care, utilizing the specialized knowledge and skills of each professional. In our hospital, a multidisciplinary participatory swallowing team(More)