May 9, 2016

Tying down of mental health patients soaring

The number of patients physically restrained at psychiatric hospitals more than doubled to 10,299 in fiscal 2013, compared with a decade earlier, data released Monday by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry show. In addition to physical restraint, which often involves lashing a patient’s ...

Films focus on dementia and find hope

| Nov 28, 2015

Films focus on dementia and find hope

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Last week, a 47-year-old woman was arrested for killing her 81-year-old mother and “assisting” in the suicide of her 74-year-old father. The woman had been found on the banks of the Tone River in Saitama Prefecture, into which she and her parents had driven ...

Mar 5, 2015

Gout may lessen Alzheimer's risk: study

People who suffer from gout can take comfort in one thing: they may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, researchers said Wednesday. The same uric acid that can crystallize to cause gout, a form of arthritis, may protect against Alzheimer’s, they wrote in ...

Help at hand for dementia patients

Jan 6, 2015

Help at hand for dementia patients

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They would enter the bank and ask for their cash. Yuriko Asahara, behind the counter, would check where they would stash it — in the side pocket of a handbag or perhaps deep down in a shoulder bag. Asahara wasn’t spying. She knew she’d ...