Nobuyuki Hamajima

Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Background: Circadian rhythm disruption is recognized as the cause of various health disorders. This study evaluated associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms in the core circadian gene, CLOCK, and prevalent type 2 diabetes in the Japanese population. Methods: We analyzed cross-sectional data from 2,485 subjects (1,243 men and 1,242 women; age, 35-69 years) who were enrolled in the baseline surveys of the Japan Multi-institutional Collaborative Cohort (J-MICC) Study. Associations between 3 CLOCK gene polymorphisms (rs1801260, rs3736544, and rs4864548) and prevalent obesity (BMI ≥25 kg/m(2) ), overweight (BMI ≥23 kg/m(2) ), and diabetes were evaluated by logistic regression analyses; haplotype analysis and stratified analyses for prevalent diabetes were also conducted. Results: Compared to those who were homozygous for the respective major alleles, subjects with the rs1801260 minor allele C showed a significantly higher odds ratio (95% CI) of 1.5 (1.1-2.1) for prevalent diabetes, after adjustment for potential confounding factors, including BMI. When stratified by overweight, the associations between rs1801260 and prevalent diabetes were marked and significant in non-overweight subjects but were not significant in overweight subjects. The TGA (rs1801260 - rs3736544 - rs4864548) haplotype was associated with lower prevalence of diabetes, and the CGG haplotype was associated with higher prevalence of diabetes. Conclusions: CLOCK gene variants and related haplotypes are associated with prevalent type 2 diabetes in the Japanese population in whom obesity is less common, and the association between a CLOCK gene variants at rs1801260 and prevalent diabetes is enhanced in normal-build subjects.
    Journal of Diabetes 09/2015; DOI:10.1111/1753-0407.12344 · 1.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Extraovarian sex hormone production plays an important role in estrogen biosynthesis in postmenopausal women. We examined possible associations between serum sex hormone level and polymorphisms in CYP19A1, HSD17B1, and HSD17B2. We also assessed possible interaction between these polymorphisms and current overweight. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study. 785 Japanese natural postmenopausal women were randomly selected from the Japan Multi-Institutional Collaborative Cohort (J-MICC) Study database. Information on lifestyle factors was obtained from a self-administered questionnaire. Serum estrogens and androgens levels were measured by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Four tag SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) of CYP19A1, one missense SNP of HSD17B1 and three tag SNPs of HSD17B2 were examined by Invader assay. A trend test was conducted using linear regression. Results: After adjustment for multiple comparisons, we found that rs4441215 and rs936306 in CYP19A1 and rs4888202 and rs2955160 in HSD17B2 were associated with differences in serum estrone level. Further, rs4441215 and rs936306 were associated with differences in serum estradiol level. None of these polymorphisms showed a significant interaction with current body mass index (BMI). Conclusions: Our findings suggested that CYP19A1 and HSD17B2 polymorphisms might be associated with circulating sex hormone levels in Japanese postmenopausal women, independent of current BMI.
    Maturitas 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.maturitas.2015.08.003 · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Little is known as to whether the interleukin4 (IL4) gene polymorphisms in recipients or donors affect the incidence of acute cellular rejection (ACR) following living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Therefore, we determined the effect of IL4 T-33C polymorphisms in recipients and donors on ACR in a large cohort of patients that underwent LDLT. We examined 155 LDLT cases treated at Nagoya University or Kyoto University, Japan, between 2004 and 2009. IL4 T-33C polymorphisms were analyzed in recipients and donors. Forty-seven recipients (30.3%) developed early ACR. The genotype frequency of IL4 T-33C in the recipients was associated with ACR incidence (P=0.008, P<0.0125 considered significant). Patients with the IL4-33C carrier genotype (C/C or C/T) were significantly associated with a higher incidence of ACR relative to those with the T/T genotype (OR=3.27, 95% CI: 1.56-6.88, P=0.002). The genotype frequencies of IL4 T-33C in the donors were not associated with rejection incidence. In addition, there was no significant effect of IL4 T-33C genotype combinations on ACR incidence in donors and recipients. Genotyping of IL4 T-33C in recipients might be useful to stratify the liver transplant recipients according to their risk of ACR. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
    Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clinre.2015.06.019 · 1.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hearing impairment is one of the most common sensory disorders that affect ~1 in 1000 children, and half of them are considered to be hereditary. Information about the carrier frequencies of mutations that underlie autosomal recessive disorders is indispensable for accurate genetic counseling to predict the probability of patients' children's disease. However, there have been few reports specific to the Japanese population. GJB2 mutations are reported to be the most frequent cause of hereditary hearing loss, and the mutation spectrum and frequency of GJB2 mutations were reported to vary among different ethnic groups. In this study, we investigated the carrier frequency of GJB2 mutations and the mutation spectrum in 509 individuals randomly selected from the general Japanese population. We show that the carrier frequencies of the two most common pathogenic mutations are 1.57% (8/509) for c.235delC and 1.77% (9/509) for p.Val37Ile. In addition to these mutations, we found two pathogenic variants (p.[Gly45Glu;Tyr136*] and p.Arg143Trp), and the total carrier frequency was estimated to be around 3.73% (19/509). We also detected six unclassified variants, including two novel variants (p.Cys60Tyr and p.Phe106Leu), with the former predicted to be pathogenic. These findings will provide indispensable information for genetic counseling in the Japanese population.Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 16 July 2015; doi:10.1038/jhg.2015.82.
    Journal of Human Genetics 07/2015; DOI:10.1038/jhg.2015.82 · 2.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective To examine the association between an IL6 (Interleukin-6) polymorphism (C-634G or rs1800796) and tooth loss, and an interaction between the polymorphism and smoking habits for the loss.Material and methodsOur subjects were 4,917 check-up examinees ages 35–69. They reported tooth loss and lifestyle in a questionnaire. We regressed the number of teeth on the IL6 genotype, sex, age, smoking, drinking, diabetes, hypertension, physical activity, energy intake, education and brushing. We further estimated multivariate-adjusted odds ratios (ORs) for having <20 teeth.ResultsParticipants with a GG genotype tended to have less teeth than those with CC; β = −0.798 (95% confidence interval [CI] = −1.501–−0.096). Subjects with a GG genotype were more likely to have <20 teeth than those with CC; OR was 1.56 (95% CI = 1.08–2.25). Association between current smoking and tooth loss was stronger among those with GG than among those with CC. In a multiple regression analysis, a significant interaction was found between GG genotype and current smoking in the prediction of tooth loss (P = 0.018).Conclusion The IL6 C-634G polymorphism was significantly associated with tooth loss. Our results suggest greater effects of smoking on tooth loss in GG genotype individuals.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Oral Diseases 05/2015; 21(6). DOI:10.1111/odi.12352 · 2.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Retrospective case-controlled studyObjective. To investigate the incidence of adjacent segment degeneration (ASD) and the associated risk factors over a period of at least 10 years after posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF). ASD is a problematic sequelae after spinal fusion surgery. Few long-term follow-up studies have investigated ASD after PLIF; thus, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data available for the evaluation of postoperative changes associated with ASD are limited. One hundred one patients were retrospectively enrolled. The minimum follow-up was 10 years after surgery. Preoperative and postoperative (2, 5, and 10 years after surgery) X-ray and MRI images were evaluated. Disc height, vertebral slip, and intervertebral angle were examined on X-ray images. Disc degeneration and spinal stenosis on MRI images were evaluated. Risk factors for developing early-onset radiographic ASD were evaluated using a multivariate logistic regression analysis. The degenerative changes in disc height, vertebral slip, and intervertebral angle on X-ray 10 years after surgery were found in 12, 36 and 17 cases, respectively, at the cranial-adjacent level and in 3, 6 and 11 cases, respectively, at the caudal-adjacent level. Increased disc degeneration and spinal stenosis worsening were observed in 62 and 68 cases, respectively, at the cranial-adjacent level and in 25 and 12 cases, respectively, at the caudal-adjacent level on MRI 10 years after surgery. Ten patients (9.9%) required re-operation, and 80% of revision surgeries were performed >5 years after the initial surgery. High pelvic incidence was a risk factor for developing early-onset radiographic ASD. The majority of the re-operations for ASD were performed >5 years after the initial lumbar fusion surgery, although the progression of radiographic ASD began in the early postoperative period. A high degree of pelvic incidence was a risk factor for developing early-onset radiographic ASD. Obtaining appropriate lumbar lordosis in PLIF is important for preventing ASD.
    Spine 04/2015; Publish Ahead of Print(14). DOI:10.1097/BRS.0000000000000917 · 2.30 Impact Factor
  • Piseth Narin · Nobuyuki Hamajima · Samnang Kouy · Tomoya Hirosawa · Sokha Eav
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most frequent cancers in South East Asian countries including Cambodia, where prevalence of chronic carriers of hepatitis B and C virus (HBV and HCV) is reported to be very high. We reviewed HCC cases admitted to a cancer hospital in Phnom Penh, which is the only one hospital for cancer treatment and care in Cambodia during the study period. Materials and methods: Information was collected from medical records of 281 cases (210 males and 71 females) diagnosed as primary HCC from 2006 to 2011. Results: The subjects were 7-81 years old with a median age of 53 years. Hypochondriac pain was the most common complained symptom (74%). One third of the cases presented with jaundice. Nearly half had ascites at their first visit. One third had liver cirrhosis. Nearly three fourths of the cases presented with tumor sized more than 50 mm in diameter, and in almost all cases (97.4%) the size was more than 20 mm. Among 209 subjects tested, hepatitis virus carriers were 75.6%; 46.4% for HBV only, 21.5% for HCV only, and 7.7% for both viral infections. Median age of patients with HBV was about ten years younger than those with HCV. Conclusions: This study revealed the characteristics of HCC cases in Cambodia, although there were several limitations. Most HCC cases were infected with HBV and/or HCV, and diagnosed at late stages with complications. This implicated that public health intervention to prevent HBV and HCV infection is of high priority.
    Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 02/2015; 16(1):35-39. DOI:10.7314/APJCP.2015.16.1.35 · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although many single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been identified to be associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS), there was only a slight improvement in the ability to predict future MetS by the simply addition of SNPs to clinical risk markers. To improve the ability to predict future MetS, combinational effects, such as SNP-SNP interaction, SNP-environment interaction, and SNP-clinical parameter (SNP × CP) interaction should be also considered. We performed a case-control study to explore novel SNP × CP interactions as risk markers for MetS based on health check-up data of Japanese male employees. We selected 99 SNPs that were previously reported to be associated with MetS and components of MetS; subsequently, we genotyped these SNPs from 360 cases and 1983 control subjects. First, we performed logistic regression analyses to assess the association of each SNP with MetS. Of these SNPs, five SNPs were significantly associated with MetS (P < 0.05): LRP2 rs2544390, rs1800592 between UCP1 and TBC1D9, APOA5 rs662799, VWF rs7965413, and rs1411766 between MYO16 and IRS2. Furthermore, we performed multiple logistic regression analyses, including an SNP term, a CP term, and an SNP × CP interaction term for each CP and SNP that was significantly associated with MetS. We identified a novel SNP × CP interaction between rs7965413 and platelet count that was significantly associated with MetS [SNP term: odds ratio (OR) = 0.78, P = 0.004; SNP × CP interaction term: OR = 1.33, P = 0.001]. This association of the SNP × CP interaction with MetS remained nominally significant in multiple logistic regression analysis after adjustment for either the number of MetS components or MetS components excluding obesity. Our results reveal new insight into platelet count as a risk marker for MetS.
    PLoS ONE 02/2015; 10(2):e0117591. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0117591 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gout, caused by hyperuricaemia, is a multifactorial disease. Although genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of gout have been reported, they included self-reported gout cases in which clinical information was insufficient. Therefore, the relationship between genetic variation and clinical subtypes of gout remains unclear. Here, we first performed a GWAS of clinically defined gout cases only. A GWAS was conducted with 945 patients with clinically defined gout and 1213 controls in a Japanese male population, followed by replication study of 1048 clinically defined cases and 1334 controls. Five gout susceptibility loci were identified at the genome-wide significance level (p<5.0×10(-8)), which contained well-known urate transporter genes (ABCG2 and SLC2A9) and additional genes: rs1260326 (p=1.9×10(-12); OR=1.36) of GCKR (a gene for glucose and lipid metabolism), rs2188380 (p=1.6×10(-23); OR=1.75) of MYL2-CUX2 (genes associated with cholesterol and diabetes mellitus) and rs4073582 (p=6.4×10(-9); OR=1.66) of CNIH-2 (a gene for regulation of glutamate signalling). The latter two are identified as novel gout loci. Furthermore, among the identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), we demonstrated that the SNPs of ABCG2 and SLC2A9 were differentially associated with types of gout and clinical parameters underlying specific subtypes (renal underexcretion type and renal overload type). The effect of the risk allele of each SNP on clinical parameters showed significant linear relationships with the ratio of the case-control ORs for two distinct types of gout (r=0.96 [p=4.8×10(-4)] for urate clearance and r=0.96 [p=5.0×10(-4)] for urinary urate excretion). Our findings provide clues to better understand the pathogenesis of gout and will be useful for development of companion diagnostics. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to
    Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 02/2015; DOI:10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-206191 · 10.38 Impact Factor
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    Inn Kynn Khaing · Amonov Malik · Myo Oo · Nobuyuki Hamajima
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    ABSTRACT: Myanmar has a high proportion of out-of-pocket (OOP) health care expenditures with limited cost-sharing mechanisms. In Myanmar, there were limited data on the frequency of catastrophic health expenditure (CHE) due to OOP payments, as well as on the factors associated with CHE. This study aimed to investigate health care expenditure, the frequency of CHE, and the factors influencing CHE among households in Magway, Myanmar. A cross-sectional household survey was conducted in 2012 for 700 households (350 in urban areas and 350 in rural areas) in Magway. CHE was defined as a condition wherein the total amount of household health care expenditure was 40% or more of non-food expenditure in the past year. Multiple logistic regression analysis was applied to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confident intervals (CIs) of CHE. In the previous year, 28.3% of 350 urban households and 51.4% of 350 rural households utilized outpatient services. Households with at least one member admitted to a medical facility were 10.0% and 12.9%, respectively. Those with CHE were 25.2% in the urban areas and 22.7% in the rural areas. The adjusted OR of CHE was 7.79 (95% CI 3.73-16.26) for hospitalization and 1.08 (95% CI 0.36-3.23) for outpatient care, relative to no services used. These findings indicated that nearly one fourth of households in Magway faced CHE due to inpatient care. A safety-net mechanism to protect households from CHE in Myanmar seems essential.
    Nagoya journal of medical science 02/2015; 77(1-2):203-12. · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    Nobuyuki Katsuda · Tomoya Hirosawa · Joshua A Reyer · Nobuyuki Hamajima
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    ABSTRACT: Public health centers (PHCs, hokenjo in Japanese) are local government authorities responsible for public health in Japan. PHCs have an important role in tuberculosis (TB) control. Typically, their responsibilities include 1) the recommendation to admit infectious TB patients to an isolation ward, 2) health checkups with chest X-ray of those in a close contact with infectious TB patients, and 3) public subsidy of medical expenses for TB treatments. Facing the emergence of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), the national TB control program was drastically changed; the Japanese version of the Directly Observed Treatment in Short-course (DOTS) strategy was started in 2005. New roles were added to PHCs' responsibilities; 1) active screening of latent TB infection by interferon gamma release assays for those in a close contact with infectious TB patients, 2) community DOTS to promote treatment adherence to outpatients, 3) cohort analysis of outcomes of TB treatment, and 4) national MDR-TB surveillance. These roles are important in preventing MDR-TB and eliminating TB in Japan.
    Nagoya journal of medical science 02/2015; 77(1-2):19-28. · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Since 2001, antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been available for people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). Over 10 years of the ART program many HIV patients were found with advanced-stage AIDS in health care service facilities. This study aimed to examine factors associated with delayed access to ART among PLHIV in the capital of Vientiane. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 283 respondents (131 males and 152 females) aged 15 years or over. In this study, delayed access to ART was defined by a CD4 cell count of less than 350 cells/mm(3) at the first screening, or those who presented with advanced AIDS-related symptoms. The odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated by a logistic model. After adjustment, young people (OR=2.17; 95% CI: 1.00-4.68; p=0.049), low education (OR=0.23; 95% CI: 0.10-0.55; p=0.001) and duration between risk behavior and HIV test (OR=3.83; 95% CI: 1.22-12.00; p=0.021) were significantly associated with delayed access to ART. Low perception of high risk behaviors was one of the obstacles leading to delayed testing and inability to access ART. Almost all reported feeling self-stigma, and only 30.5% of men and 23.7% of women disclosed the HIV status to his/her partner/spouse. In conclusion, delayed access to ART was associated with individual factors and exposure to health care facility. In order to improve early detection HIV infection following access to ART, an improvement in perceptional knowledge of HIV, as well as reduction of HIV/AIDS-related stigma, might be needed.
    Nagoya journal of medical science 02/2015; 77(1-2):29-39. · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Home delivery in unhygienic environments is common among Afghan women; only one third of births are delivered at health facilities. Institutional delivery is central to reducing maternal mortality. The factors associated with place of delivery among women in Afghanistan were examined using the Afghanistan Mortality Survey 2010 (AMS 2010), which was open to researchers. The AMS 2010 data were collected through an interviewer-led questionnaire from 18,250 women. Odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) of non-institutional delivery were estimated by logistic regression analysis. When age at survey, education, parity, residency, antenatal care frequency, remoteness, wealth and regions were adjusted, the OR of non-institutional delivery was 8.37 (95% CI, 7.47–9.39) for no antenatal care relative to four or more antenatal care visits, 4.07 (95% CI, 3.45–4.80) for poorest household relative to women from richest household, 2.02 (95% CI, 1.43–2.84) for no education relative to higher education, 1.78 (95% CI, 1.52–2.09) for six or more deliveries relative to one delivery, and 1.50 (95% CI, 1.36–1.67) for rural relative to urban residency. Since antenatal care was strongly associated with non-institutional delivery after adjustment of the other factors, antenatal care service may promote institutional deliveries, which can reduce maternal mortality ratio in Afghanistan.
    Nagoya journal of medical science 02/2015; 77(1-2):133-143. · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In Afghanistan, preeclampsia/eclampsia is the second leading cause of maternal deaths following maternal hemorrhage. This study aimed to describe clinical features, current treatments, and outcome among preeclampsia and eclampsia patients in the north region of Afghanistan. This was a retrospective study based on medical records of four center hospitals (one regional hospital and three provincial hospitals) in the north region of Afghanistan. Subjects were 322 patients with preeclampsia/eclampsia, admitted from March 2012 to March 2013. Out of 322 cases, 72.7% were diagnosed as preeclampsia and the rest as eclampsia. Those aged 30-39 years were 41.0% among preeclampsia patients and 29 years and younger were 35.2% among eclampsia patients (p= 0.002). The first delivery was significantly higher (p=0.045) among eclampsia patients (51.1%) than among preeclampsia patients (36.8%). While none died among the preeclampsia patients, 12 out of 88 eclampsia patients died in the hospitals. The causes of the 12 deaths were pulmonary edema (6 patients), renal failure (3 patients), cerebrovascular attack (2 patients), and hemorrhage (1 patient). There were no clinical findings at admission significantly associated with the deaths within the eclampsia patient group. Although the sample size was not large enough, patients admitted to the regional/provincial hospitals at the stage of preeclampsia had a low risk of death. Access at the stage of preeclampsia and improvement in treatments for eclampsia would reduce maternal mortality in Afghanistan.
    Nagoya journal of medical science 02/2015; 77(1-2):103-11. · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This cross-sectional study aimed to describe suspected tuberculosis (TB) cases among migrants in Kyrgyzstan and to estimate the accuracy of Xpert MTB/RIF, which has been operated in Kyrgyzstan since 2012. Characteristics of 3,714 suspected cases among migrants were analysed. In addition, by using data of 300 cases with culture results, sensitivity and specificity of Xpert MTB/RIF, both for detection of TB and rifampicin susceptibility, were assessed. Among 3,714 suspected cases, 56.1% were male, and the median age was 35 years old. Of the suspected cases, 17.2% were previously-treated. In total, 809 (21.8%) were smear-positive; 36.8% among previously-treated cases and 18.7% among new cases. Among 300 selected participants, 235 (78.3%) were culture-positive. Of those who were confirmed as TB positive, recurrent cases showed a higher proportion of rifampicin resistance than new cases (59.3% vs 42.6%). For detection of TB, the sensitivity and specificity of XpertMTB/RIF (81.3% and 98.2%) were higher than those of microscopy (70.2% and 71.4%). Sensitivity and specificity for detection of rifampicin resistance were 96.8% and 91.8%, respectively. The rifampicin resistance rate in the study population was higher than the national average. Xpert MTB/RIF showed higher accuracy in detecting TB cases than microscopic diagnosis. Higher accuracy and earlier detection of drug susceptibility is especially important for those who have difficulty in accessing healthcare and those who are easily lost from tracking, including migrants.
    Nagoya journal of medical science 02/2015; 1(77):41-49. · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    Akbar Suvanbekov · Gulzhan Kitarova · Joshua A Reyer · Nobuyuki Hamajima
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    ABSTRACT: Measles is one of the most severe infectious diseases of childhood, and one of the major causes of mortali-ty, especially in developing countries. Despite rare measles outbreaks in recent years, Kyrgyzstan seeks to show its commitment towards the global anti-measles campaign. The aim of this article is to summarize the scattered information on the recent status of measles, valid surveillance system, and measles elimination strategies in Kyrgyzstan, based on sources that include non-confidential but usually inaccessible governmental data. Infor-mation was extracted from the reports to the Ministry of Health and documents on the national surveillance system, in addition to outbreak cases extracted from the Republican Infectious Diseases Hospital's archive. To tackle the worsening measles situation in Kyrgyzstan, the Ministry of Health established the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis in 1994. Measles related death, which was rampant up until 1992, has not been registered since 2000 due to improved routine vaccination coverage, increasing from 88% in 1994 to 97% and over in 1997. The national surveillance system was modernized thanks to the World Health Organization, helping to detect measles cases and prevent major outbreaks. The system identified 222 cases in the outbreak of 2011, and the case cards in the hospital provided the findings of 69 admitted cases (42 infants, 22 children aged 1 to 14 years, and 5 aged 15 years or over), including 32 severe cases. This article provides a whole view on measles in Kyrgyzstan, which would be useful to control measles worldwide.
    Nagoya journal of medical science 02/2015; 77(1-2):179-88. · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Satisfaction with delivery care for mothers giving birth at medical facilities, particularly hospitals, affects birth place selection. Lao PDR faces high maternal and infant mortality, and the government had introduced the Maternal and Child Health Strategy to Xiengkhuang Province in 2009 to combat high maternal and infant mortality there. This study aimed to determine the levels of delivery care satisfaction among mothers who gave birth in hospitals and examine the associations between satisfaction and background factors. This was a cross-sectional study, conducted from July to August of 2013, for 246 mothers who gave birth at three hospitals. A logistic regression model was applied to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of the factors. The majority of respondents were ≤ 25 years of age (57.3%), educated in ≤12 years (64.2%), unemployed (77.6%), and with more than one child (60.2%). Most mothers (93.5%) received antenatal care at least one time. Among the 16 components of satisfaction, less than half of the respondents were satisfied with sanitary facilities (22.0%), cleanliness (39.4%), their infant's health condition (42.7%), opportunity to clarify doubts about baby care (48.8%), their own health condition (43.5%), and privacy maintained during care (45.5%). The components with more than 80% satisfaction among the respondents were the politeness and respect shown by midwives (88.6%), nurses (85.4%), and doctors (80.1%) as well as medical service facilities (81.7%). Overall satisfaction was significantly associated with higher husband's education (OR=2.36, 95% CI=1.07-5.19) and longer hospital stay (OR=2.30, 95% CI=1.28-4.14) when 15 background factors were adjusted. In conclusion, mothers who gave birth at hospitals in Lao PDR were generally satisfied, except for sanitary facilities, and cleanliness of facilities.
    Nagoya journal of medical science 02/2015; 77(1-2):69-79. · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the associations between within-visit blood pressure variability (BPV) and risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The study subjects included 17,795 people aged 40-74 years who underwent health check-ups in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and completed two blood pressure measurements. Subjects were categorized into three groups according to the difference of systolic blood pressure (ΔSBP), namely, low-BPV (≤10 mmHg), moderate-BPV (11-20 mmHg), and high-BPV (>20 mmHg). Subjects were also divided into three categories as those without prediabetes (glycosylated hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c] < 5.7%), prediabetes (HbA1c 5.7-6.4%) and diabetes (HbA1c ≥ 6.5% or under treatment for diabetes). The proportion of prediabetes and diabetes were significantly higher in subjects with high-BPV than in those with low-BPV after adjusting for age, sex, and mean SBP (odds ratio [95% confidence interval] was 1.16 [1.01-1.33] for prediabetes and 1.33 [1.06-1.66] for diabetes). Other CVD risk factors were not associated with high-BPV after the adjustment. In conclusion, increased within-visit BPV was significantly associated with the prevalence of prediabetes and diabetes, independent of mean SBP, in a large general population. Therefore, assessing BPV in a single visit may help to identify subjects at increased risk of impaired glycemic control.
    Scientific Reports 01/2015; 5:7964. DOI:10.1038/srep07964 · 5.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cytokines, including interleukin-6 (IL-6), play an important role in the liver. The aim of this study was to investigate associations between common polymorphisms in potential functional promoters of cytokine genes and liver damage markers among enrollees of a large Japanese cohort study. Subjects included 3,257 Japanese individuals (1,608 men and 1,649 women, aged 35-69 years). Six single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the promoter regions of five cytokine genes, IL1B (T-31C), IL6 (C-634G), IL8 (T-251A), IL10 (T-819C), tumor necrosis factor-A (TNFA) (T-1031C), and TNFA (C-857T), were genotyped by polymerase chain reaction. Information regarding alcohol intake, smoking habits, height, and weight was collected by a self-administered questionnaire. Serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) were measured during a routine health check-up. Of the six SNPs genotyped, an IL6 polymorphism (rs1800796, C-634G) was most strongly associated with a liver damage marker, AST. Mean serum AST was significantly different among the three genotypes (mean±SD, 22.7±7.3IU/L for CC, 22.8±7.7IU/L for CG, and 24.3±8.6IU/L for GG, p=0.011 by analysis of variance). The differences remained significant after adjustment for potential confounders by general linear models. The variations in mean serum AST and ALT levels were marked especially among men. Thus, the functional polymorphism IL6 C-634G may affect serum AST and ALT levels, possibly through different IL-6 production. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Gene 12/2014; 557(2). DOI:10.1016/j.gene.2014.12.025 · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Improper handling of medical wastes, which is common in Bangladesh, could adversely affect the hospital environment and community at large, and poses a serious threat to public health. We aimed to assess the knowledge and practices regarding medical waste management (MWM) among healthcare providers (HCPs) and to identify possible barriers related to it. Material/Methods A cross-sectional study was carried out during June to September, 2012 including 1 tertiary, 3 secondary, and 3 primary level hospitals in Dhaka division, Bangladesh through 2-stage cluster sampling. Data were collected from 625 HCPs, including 245 medical doctors, 220 nurses, 44 technologists, and 116 cleaning staff who were directly involved in MWM using a self-administered (researcher-administered for cleaning staff), semi-structured questionnaire. Results Nearly one-third of medical doctors and nurses and two-thirds of technologists and cleaning staff had inadequate knowledge, and about half of medical doctors (44.0%) and cleaning staff (56.0%) had poor practices. HCPs without prior training on MWM were more likely to have poor practices compared to those who had training. Lack of personal protective equipment, equipment for final disposal, MWM-related staff, proper policy/guideline, and lack of incinerator were identified as the top 5 barriers. Conclusions Strengthening and expansion of ongoing educational programs/training is necessary to improve knowledge and practices regarding MWM. The government should take necessary steps and provide financial support to eliminate the possible barriers related to proper MWM.
    Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research 12/2014; 20:2590-7. DOI:10.12659/MSM.890904 · 1.43 Impact Factor

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  • 2004–2015
    • Nagoya University
      • • Department of Preventive Medicine
      • • Graduate School of Medicine
      Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 2009
    • Fujita Health University
      • Department of Public Health
      Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
    • National Defense Medical College
      Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • 2008
    • National Cancer Center, Japan
      • Center for Cancer Control and Information Services
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 1994–2005
    • Aichi Cancer Center
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 2002–2004
    • University of São Paulo
      • Departamento de Neurologia (FM) (São Paulo)
      Ribeirão Preto, Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2003
    • Aichi Medical University
      • School of Medicine
    • Seoul National University Hospital
      • Department of Surgery
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2001
    • Aichi Prefectural Institute of Public Health
      Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 1999–2000
    • Nagoya City University
      • • Department of Pediatrics
      • • Medical School
      Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 1998
    • Hirosaki University
      Khirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan