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'Flesh-eating disease' cases on rise in Japan

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The number of patients nationwide who contracted streptococcol toxic-shock syndrome (STSS) — a deadly condition popularly known as “flesh-eating disease” — reached 291 by Aug. 23, a record high, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Thursday. The infection, which is fatal in almost one in three cases, destroys tissue ...

Aug 26, 2015

Passive smoking triples men's gum disease risk: survey

Passive smoking raises the risk of periodontal disease for nonsmoking men by about 3.1 to 3.6 times, compared with men in smoke-free environments, according to a survey by Japanese researchers. A research team led by the National Cancer Center and Tokyo Medical and Dental ...