'Flesh-eating disease' cases on rise in Japan

Sep 3, 2015

'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 ...

Sep 2, 2015

Most Americans' hearts are older than their actual years

Three out of four Americans’ hearts are older than their chronological age, raising the risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death, officials said Tuesday. An online tool at www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/heartage.htm can help people determine how old their heart is, based on factors like weight, ...

Sep 1, 2015

People who lack sleep are more likely to catch colds

People who do not get enough sleep are four times more likely than their well-rested counterparts to catch a cold, U.S. researchers said Monday. The findings in the journal Sleep are based on a study of 164 volunteers who allowed themselves to be exposed ...

Aug 27, 2015

Blood test could predict breast cancer's return: study

An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before new tumors would be detectable on scans, researchers said Wednesday. The technology, described in the journal Science Translational Medicine, works by detecting cancer ...

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 ...

Aug 21, 2015

Dementia may be stabilizing in some countries: study

The occurrence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease may have stabilized in some wealthy nations, according to a study released Friday. A review of data from Sweden, the Netherlands, Britain and Spain showed the percentage of the population with dementia — the umbrella term for ...

Aug 20, 2015

Experimental MERS vaccine shows promise

An experimental vaccine against the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, has shown promise when tested on lab monkeys, researchers said Wednesday. There are no approved vaccines against MERS, which is believed to originate in camels and began to sicken people in 2012, ...

Aug 2, 2015

Insect repellent clothes now popular

Insect repellent casual clothing is growing in popularity in Japan, with retailers introducing new products one after another to help customers protect against insect-borne diseases. Their popularity rocketed after the first domestic infections of dengue fever, transmitted by tiger mosquitoes, in about 70 years ...