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World's oldest turns 116 in Japan

A Japanese woman believed to be the oldest person in the world has turned 116.Born in 1887, when Japan was still in the throes of its conversion from samurai rule //to modern democracy, Kamato Hongo was recognized as the world's oldest living person by the Guinness Book of Records after an American woman -- Maude Farris-Luse -- died last March at the age of 115. ..Along with being the object of...

Grant of $7 million for Orissa Medical College from Japan

Japan Thursday announced a grant of $7 million for upgrading a medical college in Orissa.// .."The grant assistance would enable the Sardar Vallavbhai Patel Postgraduate Institute of Paediatrics (in Cuttack) to improve its medical facilities and effectively contribute towards dispensation of healthcare to a wider population," said a statement from the Japanese embassy. .. ..Notes concerning the...

45 People die in West Bengal due to Dengue and suspected Japanese Encephalitis

After declaration of dengue fever as an epidemic in West Bengal by Chief Minister Buddhabeb Bhattacharya last week. Both Dengue and suspected Japanese Encephalitis has caused 45 deaths and has hospitalized more than 2000 people // in West Bengal. The confirmed death due to dengue is claimed to be at 20 in West Bengal and 25 cases of death is suspected to be caused by Japanese encephalitis. Japan...

Japanese And Chinese Pharmaceutical Companies Join Together In Drug Testing

Japanese Pharmaceutical Company and Chinese Biotech Company join hands to form a new venture for production of drugs and clinical trials... ..The Japanese company GNI merged with Chinese company Shanghai Genomics. // The wet lab facilities and validation would be done by Shanghai Genomics. China will be testing new lead compounds produced by GNI, such as new compounds for lung fibrosis and lung i...

Japan planning Strategies to combat Bird flu

Japanese Government and officials are planning strategies to overcome from the crisis if a possible epidemic strikes Japan. Japanese officials fears if an epidemic of bird flu strikes Japan it could cause more than 64,000 deaths.// .. ..The Japanese Government is planning to have a cabinet meeting next week to discuss various strategies to be taken with different Government officials and cabinet...

US Regulator Sees No Link Between Tamiflu And Japan Deaths

There is no evidence of a link between Tamiflu and the sudden deaths of 12 children in Japan who took the drug, The US Food and Drug Administration has concluded. ..Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical giant which markets the // drug standing in the front line of defense against a bird flu pandemic, agreed to work on changing the drug's labeling to warn of potential dermatological side-effects, report...

Woman Tests Negative For Japanese Encephalitis: Health Minister

Blood tests of a Malaysian woman have turned out to be negative for the presence of Japanese Encephalitis virus, // according to a statement issued by the health minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek. The Malaysian health officials are closely monitoring the situation, however. ....The victim, Norhayati Awang is currently being treated at the High Dependency Ward at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II. A...

Group Suicides On The Rise In Japan

Japan recorded a total of 91 suicides in 2005 through what is known as group suicides organized through the Internet, up from 55 deaths the previous year, according to a recent survey. The number of group suicides and related deaths// almost tripled from 2003, the first year the National Police Agency kept records of the phenomenon. ....Group suicides have been widespread throughout Japan in rec...

Bombings in Japan have left Indelible Health Impression

New research has showed that even though it is 60 years since atomic bombs fell on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, survivors are still facing the effects of the onslaught.// ..The studies have shown how survivors continue to develop thyroid nodules, sometime benign and at other times cancerous, that is commensurate with the amount of exposure to radiation. It has also been observe...

Worry on the lowering of the already low birth-rate in Japan.

Intensifying fears of a lowering birth-rate is the incidence of more than half Japanese women who are childless at 30.// ..There is a decline in the Japanese population and policy makers are worried about this problem. The baby shortage, as it is called, is now an urgent problem for policy makers, who fear a smaller workforce supporting a growing number of elderly will hurt the world's number two...

US Preparing To Answer Japan's Queries On Beef Exports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said that the department officials are working on answers to the questions posed by Japan over the exports of banned cattle // parts to that country. Johanns said that the information would soon be intimated to the Japanese officials. .."We have received the questions from Japan about the report that we submitted a few weeks ago," Johanns told...

Japanese-Indonesian Joint Venture To Produce Bird Flu Vaccine For Farm Animals

Japanese vaccine producer Shigeta Animal Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Indonesia's Bogor Institute of Agriculture have announced a joint venture for the production// of a bird flu vaccine for animals. The company to be called IPB Shigeta Animal Pharmaceuticals Inc will begin the production of the vaccine in a very short time. ..U.S.-based MedImmune Inc has given the green signal to the company to use...

Schools set to offer Japanese language course

With an eye on the job market, India's premier school board is set to introduce from the new academic year Japanese as an optional language course from Class VI to VIII.// ..According to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the move will help students in more than one way... .."In this age of globalization, learning foreign languages has become a necessary tool to broaden the horizons...

'Girlie' Needle And Thread help Japanese Men to De-Stress

Tokyo: A group of men aged 40-someting have added a different stitch to the stereotypical Japanese man - a needle and a thread. Members of a men's only sewing club meet once a month to beat// the stress of their jobs as marketing professionals, computer engineers and film directors/producers. ....As the club's seven members do not consider themselves experts in sewing, their stitches are not a...

Japanese Encephalitis Immunization Programme in India

India will launch a nationwide Japanese encephalitis immunization programme for children from May, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said// here Tuesday... ..The health menace, which is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, had claimed over 1,000 lives, mostly in Uttar Pradesh, in 2005 and around 1,700 lives in 2004... .."The initiative to be implemented in collaboration with the World Hea...

Leprosy Cured People In India To Be Trained By Japanese Trust

Leprosy cured persons in over 700 neighbourhoods across India will be imparted vocational training by a leading Japanese aid organisation//. ...."Since multi-drug therapy came to India in 1984, around 11 million people have been cured of the disease but they are still not leading a life of dignity," Nippon Foundation president Yohoi Sasakawa said here Friday. ...."We have decided to give them lo...

Japan Bans Import of Poultry from UK

Japan banned all imports of poultry from UK to prevent the spread of bird flu to domestic fowl. The Agriculture Ministry of Japan said in statement// as soon as the British ministry informed them of the latest outbreak of H7N3 strain of bird flu. ..This virus is less dangerous to humans than the H5N1 bird flu virus. But this strain has already infected a poultry worker in UK. Its incidence of la...

Uttar Pradesh To Prepone The Japanese Encephalitis Immunisation Drive

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to prepone the Japanese Encephalitis immunisation drive. This has caused displeasure among the health experts in the centre// as they feel that it might not be he right time and the data may need further analysis. ....It has been decided that the immunisation campaign scheduled to take place on June 18 is to be undertaken on May 15, 2006 itself. 5.2 milli...

Japanese Face High Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke, Metabolic Syndrome to Blame

A new study has pointed out the alarming incidence of metabolic syndrome among the Japanese population. According to official statistics, more than 25 million people, approximating// to one-fifth of the total population face a high risk of heart attack and stroke. ....In view of this health threat, the government health officials have stressed the need for drastic changes in the diet and do more...

Ban On Philippine Poultry To Japan To Be Lifted Shortly

Philippine Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban, announced that the 11 month old ban that was imposed on the poultry is to be lifted on the 7th of June by Japan//. ....Japanese Ambassador Ryuichiro Yamazaki has informed Panganiban that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry have found the poultry in the country free of bird flu. The had Philippines started exporting processed poul...

Japan Lifts Ban on Poultry from Philippines

Japan after a year lifts ban on poultry products from Philippines next month. The ban was mainly due to the fears of an outbreak of deadly bird flu// in the Southeast Asian country. But now the Japanese government has lifted the ban and said that the shipments of all poultry products would commence on June 7 said the Philippine Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban. Philippines in July volunta...

Japanese Scientists Develop Thought-Controlled Robotic Hands

Scientists in Japan have developed robotic hands, which they say can be controlled by the power of thought//. ....The artificial hands, developed by Yukiyasu Kamitani and colleagues, mimics the movements of a person's real hand, based on real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of their brain activity, reported the online edition of New Scientist. ....Researchers from the ATR Compu...

Japanese Court Rules In Patients Favour Over Hepatitis C Scandal

A Japanese court has ruled that the pharmaceutical companies and the state were responsible for transmitting hepatitis C through a contaminated medical product// , and has awarded damages to nine people who had acquired the disease. The 13 plaintiffs who sued for damages were prescribed fibrinogen as well as other coagulants, between 1981 and 1988, made by the Green Cross Corp, a pharmaceutical t...

Sexlessness in Japan may spark a population crisis

Japan's dwindling population has got the country's planning association all worked up. With the fertility rate at dismal levels averaging at 1.25 children per woman//, demographers are pressing the need of 2.1 children per woman to maintain the requisite population. ....A survey conducted by the Family Planning Association revealed that 31 percent of the16- to 49-years-olds did not indulge in s...

Ranbaxy Launches Clarithromycin, Terbinafine Tablets in Japan

Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd today said Nihon Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd, a joint venture between the company and Japan-based Nippon Chemiphar Ltd // , has launched the antibiotic 'Clarithromycin' and anti-fungal 'Terbinafine' tablets in the Japanese market. ....Clarithromycin has been launched in strengths of 50mg, 200mg and Terbinafine of 125mg. The products have a market size of around 400 mill...

Japanese Chemicals, Pharma Industry Keen to Invest in India

Japanese chemicals and pharmaceutical companies have evinced interest to invest in India with the likes of Mitsubishi Chemicals Co already committing Rs 1,665 crore investment for capacity expansion at its Haldia unit // , Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said here. ....The minister who led a delegation to Japan recently, said during his trip significant discussions with...

Japanese Princess Kiko May Deliver Heir Through Cesarean Section

Japanese Princess Kiko may need to undergo a Cesarean operation to deliver Japan's male heir. The baby could be premature, according to Ichiro Kanazawa, head doctor of the Imperial Household agency//. ....he said the princess had developed an abnormal placement of the placenta, a condition called as placenta previa. "We believe that the delivery will require a Cesarean section operation. It is a...

18 Die of Japanese Encephalitis in Upper Assam

At least 18 people, mostly children and women, have died of Japanese encephalitis in upper Assam districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji since the beginning of the month. // ....According to official sources here, 14 people died of the disease in Lakhimpur district, where nearly 100 others have been affected... ..In nearby Dhemaji district four children died of the disease even as the district admini...

Japanese Encephalitis Epidemic Kills 15 in Assam

Authorities in Assam Friday sounded a health alert after 15 people died of Japanese encephalitis and hundreds more were down with the mosquito-borne disease in the past two weeks, officials said.// ..An Assam health department spokesperson said Japanese encephalitis had assumed epidemic proportions in the four districts of Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji with close to a thousand people h...

12 Positive Cases of Japanese Encephalitis Found

Twelve cases of Japanese Encephalitis have been found after 36 samples of blood serum of the suspected patients admitted in BRD Medical College Hospital here were tested, officials said today. // ....Of the 36 samples tested, 12 were tested positive for the Japanese Encephalitis while the rest were of viral Encephalitis, said A K Rathi, head of the Deptt Paediatrics of BRD Medical College here.....

Japan's Support for Polio Eradication in India

The government of Japan has agreed to provide a grant assistance of Rs.190 million (456 million yen) for the intensified pulse polio immunisation (IIPI) campaign// in India this year, parliament was informed Wednesday. ....Answering a question, Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told the Lok Sabha: 'The grant will be utilised for procurement of vaccine through UNICEF to be used...

Japanese NGO Assures Rs 75 Lakh for Leprosy Centre Relocation

Concerned over the deteriorating condition of a leprosy centre in the capital, a Japanese NGO has assured to donate Rs 75 lakh for either relocation or reconstruction of the facility. // ....Yohei Sasakawa, President of Nippon Foundation and goodwill ambassador of World Health Organisation (WHO) gave the assurance when he visited the Satya Jeevan Kushta Ashram on July 16, the Federation of Lepro...

Japanese Man Tests Positive for HIV-2 Virus

Japan to keep a tight vigilance on the spread of a rare HIV-2 virus. // ....Japanese health officials have announced that they would step up vigilance against the rare HIV-2 form of the AIDS-causing virus after reports have claimed that the first Japanese citizen has been infected. ......An official of the health Ministry, Kozo Akino, had announced that the government is planning to question t...

Japanese Minister Fending Brickbats for Derogatory Reference to Women

Hakuo Yanagisawa, the Health minister of Japan came in for a lot of criticism this week when he used the phrase’ birth-giving machines’ in the context of describing women//. ..The minister was airing his views on his country’s declining birth rate at a local political meeting last Saturday, when the gaffe occurred. ..Quoting the minister: "The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed....

Illegal Kidney-Transplants By Japanese Doctors

Since 1950s, when the first kidney transplants were performed, much has been learned about illegal transplants of kidneys all over the world.// ..Illegal kidney transplants are quite common in countries like India and China where the population is very high. In countries like South Africa, people sell their kidneys to foreigners. ....Much has been published about illegal kidney transplants, o...

Japan Stops Import of Poultry from S. Korea

An alleged bird-flu outbreak in South Korea has caused Japan to temporarily suspend the import of poultry. A Government spokesman //has confirmed that around 6000 chickens have died as a result of the outbreak. ....More details about the outbreak have been sought from South Korea. "As a precaution, we decided to temporarily suspend imports of South Korean poultry", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuh...

Japan Keen to Have More Indian Students

Like a lot of other countries, Japan is keen to have more Indian students for undergraduate courses in its universities, which are currently restricted only to those// who know Japanese. ...."We are pushing to open some of the undergraduate courses like biotechnology and neurosciences to Indian students," said Kiyoshi Kurokawa, science adviser to Japan's prime minister. He is also a professor at...

Bird Flu Suspected in Japan

At a poultry farm in south western Japan in Kiyotake, around 750 chickens have died suggesting an outbreak of bird flu here.// ..This has been reported to the agricultural ministry and tests have been carried out immediately. Results should be out latest by Friday evening. If bird flu is confirmed, then it would commence the destroying of the remaining birds. ..The farm in question has around...

Japanese 'bilk' the Cow for Beer

Tokyo: A brewery in Japan launched production of unusual beer from cow's milk on a tip from a local dairy farmer who was looking for ways to put his milk surpluses to good use.// ....Beer brewed from cow's milk will be available in the store shelves Thursday, in the Japanese city of Nakashibetsu, on the country's northernmost island of Hokkaido. ....The production technology for "bilk" (the na...

Pharma Major Ind-Swift to Enter US, Japan

Chandigarh-based pharmaceutical major Ind-Swift Laboratories is all set to start its manufacturing facility in the US and make a foray// into the Japanese drug market. ....Ind-Swift Laboratories has completed United State Federal Drug Authority (USFDA) inspection for its Clarithromycin active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing unit, its managing director N.R. Munjal said here Thursday...
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