Takemasa Watanabe

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OBJECTIVES This study attempted to clarify the acute effects of cigarette smoking on autonomic nervous function among taxi drivers under ordinary work conditions. METHODS Holter electrocardiographic recordings from 20 healthy middle-aged taxi drivers were analyzed for the time from 0800 in the morning to 0159 at night. The amplitudes (milliseconds) of the(More)
In this study we attempted to determine the effects of exercise training at the intensity corresponding to lactate threshold (Thla −) on various health-related variables in sedentary but apparently healthy elderly subjects. Six men and five women volunteers [mean age 68.9 (SD 3.4) years] performed supervised endurance-type training on stationary cycle(More)
The fluoride ion content in serum and in dialysate medium was determined by means of a fluoride ion-selective electrode in 29 patients undergoing hemodialysis treatment. Abnormally high serum fluoride of 65.9 +/- 28.3 microg l(-1) at the beginning and 46.5 +/- 26.7 microg l(-1) at the completion of the hemodialysis session was observed. Results showed that(More)
We investigated the effects of vital exhaustion (VE) on cardiac autonomic functions in relation to working conditions such as overtime and frequent business trips, and to lifestyles such as smoking on 52 healthy middle-aged male workers. VE was evaluated by an abbreviated Maastricht Vital Exhaustion Questionnaire. Cardiac autonomic function at supine rest(More)
To clarify the effects of changing shift schedules from a full-day to a half-day before a night shift, 12 single nurses and 18 married nurses with children that engaged in night shift work in a Japanese hospital were investigated. Subjects worked 2 different shift patterns consisting of a night shift after a half-day shift (HF-N) and a night shift after a(More)
This study aimed to explore whether being housebound is a risk factor for disabilities and whether low social communication increases incidence of disability in elderly people. A self-reported questionnaire regarding demographic characteristics was administered to 2,046 community-dwelling elderly people (aged 65 and older) in October 2000, and subjects were(More)
OBJECTIVE To verify whether the statement "cannot go out alone to distant places" should be considered a risk factor for disability among medium elderly persons living alone autonomously in a metropolitan suburban environment, the present cross-sectional study was performed. METHODS Self-rated mobility levels in elderly persons living alone were surveyed(More)
OBJECTIVE To clarify the relationship between ambulatory blood pressure variation and symptoms of depression and sleep disturbance in community-dwelling elderly persons with independent activities of daily living. METHODS The subjects were 41 volunteers in a health education class for the elderly in a rural community. We carried out: (1) an interview(More)
AIM The housebound state is a risk factor for disability. This prospective study aimed to determine factors predictive of houseboundedness in the elderly, with an ultimate goal of preventing this condition. METHODS A self-report questionnaire pertaining to mental, physical and social status was administered to 732 community-dwelling elderly persons (313(More)
OBJECTIVES To clarify the needs of home care service users needs from a community pharmacy and the functions related to home care in a suburban area. METHODS A questionnaire on pharmacy services and functions was submitted to 472 home care service users in a suburban area. Gender, age, family status, presence of carers, health condition, home care(More)