Tomoya Akimichi

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The relationships among element concentrations (Na, Mg, Al, P, K, Ca, Cr, Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, Sr, total Hg, organic Hg, inorganic Hg, Pb) and stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios (13C/12C and 15N/14N) in animals consumed by the people called Gidra, who inhabit the lowland of Papua New Guinea, were examined. Animals analyzed included mammal, bird, fish,(More)
Hair and mercury concentrations of 134 fish-eating subjects in the Lake Murray area and 13 non-fish-eating subjects in the upper-Strickland area, Papua New Guinea, were studied. Hair mercury levels among the subjects in the Lake Murray area (mean = 21.9 micrograms/g, range = 3.7-71.9 micrograms/g) and urinary mercury levels (mean = 7.6 micrograms/g(More)
The carbon and nitrogen stable isotopic composition of the scalp hair and diet of Gidra-speaking people in four villages in Papua New Guinea is presented. The isotopic composition of hair was measured, while that of the diet was estimated from food consumption survey data and the measured isotopic composition and protein and carbohydrate contents of food(More)
Blood examination was conducted for the four Gidra-speaking village groups in Papua New Guinea, who were characterized by high Fe intake and high malaria prevalence with marked inter-village differences. The northern riverine villagers, whose Fe intake was higher than the other three village groups, did not suffer from Fe-deficiency anaemia in their(More)
Antibody titres against Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax were examined using the indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT) for 183 Gidra-speaking adults and adolescents in four ecologically different villages of lowland Papua New Guinea. The findings highlight that 1) in Gidraland P. falciparum was more prevalent than P. vivax, 2) the proportion of(More)
Seven hundred and twenty-three serum samples from individuals in 13 Gidra-speaking villages in Western Province, Papua New Guinea were tested for evidence of infection with human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I), human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV-I), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). No samples were positive for antibodies to(More)
The health status of four populations depending on traditional subsistence in Papua New Guinea was compared by the dipstick test urinalysis. Conspicuous inter-population difference in the distribution of urinary pH was attributed to the levels of protein intake and the balances of sodium and potassium intake. The percentage of positive findings on protein(More)