| Jan 29, 2014

Flu menace again reaching peak

While this year’s influenza season is predicted to peak around early February, anybody of any age group, sex or nationality is at risk of infection all the way through March. While 210,000 children under age 10 accounted for almost a third of the 660,000 ...

Jan 16, 2014

Tsukuba team uncovers asthma-intestine mechanism

A team of researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture has found a mechanism in which bad bacteria within mice intestines exacerbates asthma, fueling hope it can lead to a treatment for asthma in humans. The team, headed by Akira Shibuya, a ...

Simple tests fill health-check gaps

| Dec 30, 2013

Simple tests fill health-check gaps

Although health checkups are often mandatory for corporate or institutional employees, some segments of society, including housewives and the self-employed, may not have this option. In a country where cancer is rife but screening rates are hovering between 20 and 30 percent, according to ...

Book showcases foreigners, Japanese affected by 3/11

Dec 26, 2013

Book showcases foreigners, Japanese affected by 3/11

The earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011, left more than 18,000 people dead or missing, including 30 non-Japanese. Two were from the United States, Taylor Anderson, who was teaching in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, and Monty Dickson, who lived ...

Kids create Tohoku ornaments

Nov 14, 2013

Kids create Tohoku ornaments

Students from an international school participated Thursday in a Christmas-season fundraising event by a Tokyo hotel that is supporting children in the Tohoku region affected by the March 2011 disasters. Thirty second- and third-graders from Nishimachi International School in Minato Ward made Christmas ornaments ...