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A 53-year-old male patient had been suffering from severe aural symptoms (pulsatile right-sided tinnitus and paroxysmal dizziness attacks with nausea) and right hemifacial spasm. Treatment had involved stellate ganglion block with lignocaine and the injection of intravenous sodium bicarbonate solution for attacks of Menière's syndrome and facial nerve block(More)
Japan has been experiencing a continuing decline in fertility and an increase in premarital conceptions and abortions among young people. Child rearing is often viewed as a burden. In response, Japan is now seeking ways to improve the child-rearing environment for parents. In this context, we conducted a prospective study among 206 pregnant women in(More)
BACKGROUND On 11 March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake followed by a gigantic tsunami hit the Pacific coast of Northeast Japan (Tohoku) and damaged Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing a radiation hazard in the entire Fukushima Prefecture. The radiation dose exposed either externally and internally in Fukushima(More)
In order to determine incidence of and the circumstances related to falls among the elderly in a community in Japan, general health surveys were carried out in 1988 and in 1989. Subjects for the first survey were 685 elderly residents (276 men, 409 women) aged 65 years and over, living in a rural village of Akita Prefecture. Subjects who were confined to(More)
To protect femoral neck fractures which are the most serious complication of osteoporosis and are increasing in frequency in Japan, an external hip protector (EHP) fixed in special underwear has been proven to absorb a direct impact to the greater trochanter during a fall from standing height. In this study, we investigated compliance concerning the use of(More)
BACKGROUND A community-based survey was conducted to investigate reproductive tract infections (RTIs) among pregnant women in Vietnam, where epidemiologic data on these infections are scarce. METHODS The focus of the study were: candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, group B streptococcal infection,trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis B. In(More)
This study was conducted to evaluate the risk factors of scabies introduction into a hospital. We addressed the following question: Do patients transferred from other institutions pose a higher risk than patients from the community? From July 2003 to May 2006, a trained physician surveyed the inpatients and staff of a psychiatric hospital (six wards, 300(More)
Eight hundred and seven elderly persons aged 65-84 years who were randomly selected from the community were interviewed about falls. The rate of falls in the preceding year was 12.8% in men and 21.5% in women. The difference in the rate between the sexes was statistically significant. The rate in the older group was significantly higher than that in the(More)
BACKGROUND The accidents that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011 have resulted in long-term, ongoing anxiety among the residents of Fukushima, Japan. Soon after the disaster, Fukushima Prefecture launched the Fukushima Health Management Survey to investigate long-term low-dose(More)
OBJECTIVES Vietnamese patients' views on healthcare are changing as surgical interventions become more commonplace, but their views on perioperative care have remained largely unstudied during this period of rapid change. This study assesses Vietnamese patients' impression of anesthesia safety and postoperative pain in relation to clinical outcomes with the(More)