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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 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)
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)
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)
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)
The purpose of the present study was to identify the associated factors of rehospitalization in schizophrenic patients. A case-control study was conducted. The cases consisted of rehospitalized patients (n = 67) and controls selected from the outpatients who were matched by age, gender, and the period after the last discharge (n = 62). In the multiple(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine success rates in achieving goal blood pressures by measuring several factors including lifestyle characteristics associated with therapeutic failures for target treatment goals. METHODS AND PATIENTS This prospective observational cohort study (September 2008 to September 2010) collected information on blood pressure control status(More)