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Seishu Hanaoka – Achievement of a japanese surgeon who performed the world’s first general anesthetic

[The world’s first surgery under general anesthetic by Seishu Hanaoka] Seishu Hanaoka is a Japanese doctor in the Edo era, who succeeded in the world’s first surgery under general anesthetic. Seishu was born in 1760 in Kinokawa city of Wakayama prefecture (formerly called Kiinokuni Nagagun) in a doctor family for generations in the village. An epic Ukiyoe painter Hokusai Katushika was born in the same year. Seishu contributed to the medical development in Japan during the mid – late Continue Reading ->

Echinococcosis and Traveling to Hokkaido

Spending summer vacation in cool regions is a perfect alternative to urban heat. Hokkaido is one of the most popular summer resorts in Japan for its majestic nature. Those who have traveled to Hokkaido may have seen some warning signboards for foxes and drinking water. This article is about echinococcosis, which is a zoonotic disease that is causing a problem in Hokkaido. What is echinococcosis? Echinococcosis is an infectious disease in humans, which is caused by parasites called tapeworms. Continue Reading ->

Sleep apnea syndrome and dental care

■ Introduction In recent years, there have been many incidents of truck and bus drivers and train operators causing major accidents by dozing driving while they are on duties. The fact that there is a disease called sleep apnea syndrome which causes drowsiness while driving has brought a big impact to our society. What is sleep apnea syndrome? And what are the methods of treatment? Here is a summary. Sleep apnea syndrome photo by Wikipedia   ■ What is sleep apnea syndrome? It Continue Reading ->

Do you know Kawasaki disease? ー a disease named after a japanese doctor

A disease with a doctor’s name Have you heard of the disease called "Kawasaki Disease"? Many people may have heard of its name not knowing very much about it. Kawasaki Disease is an illness named after a pediatrician "Kawasaki Tomotaka". The official name is "acute febrile skin mucosal lymph node syndrome". Dr. Kawasaki started the research of this disease in 1961, when a 4-year-old boy was hospitalized with an unknown symptom of fever and lymph node swelling. He was not able to find a Continue Reading ->

What is painless delivery? increasing popularity and risks

For many women, childbirth can bring one of the happiest moments, as well as anxiety for safety and pain during labor. Mothers with experiences of severe labor pain describe it as painful as “taking a watermelon out of your nostril” and “making you faint every now and then”. The degree of labor pain and its duration vary from one to another and there is no such thing as an easy delivery. Image Photo photo by PublicDomainPictures.net Japanese people have traditionally believed that Continue Reading ->

Let there be light IN the stomack – the story of developing the first endoscope in the world

[Who developed the first endoscope?] There are many people who have experienced gastroscopic examinations. The mechanical name of an endoscope is Esophagogastroduodenoscope or Upper GI Endoscope. The Japanese name for an endoscope literally means “Stomach Camera”, which became commonly known due to its historical background.   Did you know that the person who developed the first endoscope in the world was a Japanese? Before the development of the first endoscope, a device called Continue Reading ->

What is polypharmacy ? to assess a risk of polypharmacy and solve the problem

Thanks to advances in medicine, our lifespan has been growing year by year. On the other hand, the problem of polypharmacy has emerged. We hear this word quite often recently, but what exactly is polypharmacy? What is Polypharmacy? There is not yet a clear definition of polypharmacy. In general, polypharmacy refers to "the condition in which a patient is taking several kinds of medicine in combination, or prescribed medicines more than necessary”. Another view of polypharmacy includes Continue Reading ->

Cavity Prevention – Is your knowledge of fluoride really correct?

There are many parents of small children who say, “I don’t want our kids to have cavities” Some of them may think so from their own experiences of having cavities, and some have more profound interests in dental care from what they find in various media. This article is about fluoride treatment, which is one of the cavity prevention treatments. What are the three main benefits of fluoride? Fluoride treatment a) encourages recalcification of your teeth, b) makes your teeth more resistant Continue Reading ->

Chamomile – The oldest herb from Europe for tranquillizer and sleep-inducer.

Chamomile with a scent of apples Chamomile is a kind of herb that is widely available in herbal infusions, aromatic oils and essential oils, and consumed by many people sometimes without being realized that it is actually chamomile. Its history traces back to more than 4000 years ago. There is a record of the usage of chamomile as a medicinal plant in the Babylonian times, as well as in the ancient Egypt and Greece. Chamomile photo by pixabay Chamomile is said to be the oldest folk medicine Continue Reading ->

Fire Ants – tiny invaders Warnings for Anaphylactic Shock

Characteristics of Fire Ants The amount of recent news coverage on TV, newspaper and internet regarding fire ants shows an intense public interest towards number of witnesses of fire ants. They originate in South America, and they have spread around Pan-Pacific countries via timber trading ports. Their initial overgrowth was in the US. Fire Ants photo by WIKIMEDIACOMMONS Let’s go through their characteristics. Features Explanations Possible Damages Size ・2.5cm~6cm ・Unlike Continue Reading ->