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Differences in depressive symptoms by rurality in Japan: a cross-sectional multilevel study using different aggregation units of municipalities and neighborhoods (JAGES)

A new paper has been published by International Journal of Health Geographic. Mariko Kanamori, Masamichi Hanazato, Daisuke Takagi,Katsunori Kondo,Toshiyuki Ojima, Airi Amemiya, and Naoki Kondo.(2021).Differences in depressive symptoms by rurality in Japan: a cross-sectional multilevel study using different aggregation units of municipalities and neighborhoods (JAGES).International Journal of Health Geographic.20(1):42. doi: 10.1186/s12942-021-00296-8.

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News: 【Report】Article on the pedometer app “Pacific League Walk” by a research team led by part-time lecturer Masamitsu Kamada of the University of Tokyo published in “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise”

A research team led by Dr. Masamitsu Kamata, a lecturer at the University of Tokyo (part-time lecturer at our department), has compiled a paper on the verification of “Pacific League Walk,” a pedometer application that allows users to support the six Pacific League professional baseball teams by the number of steps they take each day, … Continue reading “News: 【Report】Article on the pedometer app “Pacific League Walk” by a research team led by part-time lecturer Masamitsu Kamada of the University of Tokyo published in “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise””

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News: 【Report】Kosuke Inoue (Assistant Professor) announced the research result “Urinary Stress Hormones, Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Events: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis” to the press

Kosuke Inoue made a press release online on September 27, 2021 on the results of a study showing the above relationship. The results were published online in the international journal “Hypertension” on September 13, 2021, and have been covered by the U.S. media, including CNN. For more information, please see the press release. Click here … Continue reading “News: 【Report】Kosuke Inoue (Assistant Professor) announced the research result “Urinary Stress Hormones, Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Events: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis” to the press”

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News: 【Notice】Professor Katsunori Kondo (Chiba University, President of Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study) speaks at the 27th Symposium of the Institute for Health Economics and Policy

Our laboratory has been conducting research using data from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES). Professor Katsunori Kondo (Chiba University), who acts as the representative director of JAGES, will speak at the 27th Symposium of the Institute for Health Economics and Policy and introduce the efforts and results of JAGES. Date and time: October 22, … Continue reading “News: 【Notice】Professor Katsunori Kondo (Chiba University, President of Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study) speaks at the 27th Symposium of the Institute for Health Economics and Policy”

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Introduction: Tokyo Health Station -Social Environment Development

Naoki Kondo has been involved in the creation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Health Promotion Plan and its evaluation as an academician for the past several years. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is emphasizing the development of a social environment that fosters connections in the community as an intervention for health promotion. This could be a … Continue reading “Introduction: Tokyo Health Station -Social Environment Development”

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News: 【Conference Report】The 40th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention, Lecture “Relationships with others and Health: Toward the Creation of a Symbiotic Society in the Covid19 Era

Naoki Kondo gave a special lecture on the theme of “Relationships with others and Health: Toward the Creation of a Symbiotic Society in the Covid19 Era” on the second day of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for Exercise Therapy and Prevention held at Doshisha University over two days on September 11 and … Continue reading “News: 【Conference Report】The 40th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention, Lecture “Relationships with others and Health: Toward the Creation of a Symbiotic Society in the Covid19 Era”

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News: 【Notice】 The 6th J-HPH Conference 2021 (Prof. Kondo)

Naoki Kondo will participate as a commentator in the panel discussion of the 6th J-HPH Conference 2021. Theme: Looking ahead to the post-covid19 era: Contributing to the creation of a just society through health promotion. Holding method: online Date: LIVE  November 13, 2021 (Sat) 13:00-17:10 On demand broadcasting and poster session  October 30 (Sat) – … Continue reading “News: 【Notice】 The 6th J-HPH Conference 2021 (Prof. Kondo)”

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News: Why We Need Health Care Assistance: A Perspective on the Concept of Capital (Special Issue on Income Inequality and Health Inequality)

The article by Naoki Kondo that appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Public Assistance Research (No. 261) has been included in CiNii. Public Assistance Research : A Journal of Handmade from the Field of Welfare (261), 4-7, 2021-04  National Public Assistance Research Association. https://ci.nii.ac.jp/naid/40022589615

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Serial Report: No.6 Adjusting confounding using propensity score analysis (The Medical News, Kosuke Inoue)

The latest issue of “Lecture on Causal Inference for Clinical and Epidemiological Research,” a series of articles by Kosuke Inoue, has been published in the Medical News. No.6 Adjusting confounding using propensity score analysis (2021.9.6 Weekly Medical News(Usual number) :From No.3435) Click here for Kosuke Inoue’s website.  

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【Thesis Publishing】 Accumulated long-term care benefits by risk assessment scales for incident functional disability: A six-year follow up study of long term care receipt data

A paper by Dr. Masashige Saito of Nihon Fukushi University, who is collaborating with Naoki Kondo, has been published in the Japanese Journal of Public Health. Masashige Saito, Taishi Tsuji, Kinya Fujita, Naoki Kondo, Jun Aida, Toshiyuki Ojima, and Katsunori Kondo(2021). Accumulated long-term care benefits by risk assessment scales for incident functional disability: A six-year … Continue reading “【Thesis Publishing】 Accumulated long-term care benefits by risk assessment scales for incident functional disability: A six-year follow up study of long term care receipt data”

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Urinary Stress Hormones, Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Events: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

A new paper has been published by Hypertention. Kosuke Inoue, Tamara Horwich, Roshni Bhatnagar, Karan Bhatt, Deena Goldwater, Teresa Seeman, Karol E. Watson.(2021).Urinary Stress Hormones, Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Events: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.Hypertension,HYPERTENSIONAHA121 17618. https://doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.121.17618 Abstract Psychosocial stress is a key contributing factor to the pathogenesis of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. We examined the … Continue reading “Urinary Stress Hormones, Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Events: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis”

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Media coverage: “Community Health” September issue, “Protecting the Health of Children from Poor Families: Towards Feasibility” roundtable discussion was featured (Prof. Kondo)

Professor Kondo’s online roundtable discussion was featured in the September issue of “Community Health” published on September 1. The September issue featured “Necessary Health Support for Children from Poor Families. The theme of the roundtable discussion was “Protecting the Health of Children from Poor Families: Towards Feasibility,” and five experts participated in the discussion.

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News: First in Japan to reveal the existence of disparities in healthy life expectancy by region of residence

Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University issued the following press release on the collaboration in which Professor.Kondo is participating. Aoi Kataoka and Yuri Ito, Associate Professor of the Department of Medical Statistics, Research Support Center, Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University, in collaboration with Professor Tomoki Nakatani of Tohoku University, Professor Naoki Kondo of Kyoto University, Professor … Continue reading “News: First in Japan to reveal the existence of disparities in healthy life expectancy by region of residence”

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Report: Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Health Promotion Plan 21 (Second Stage) Promotion Meeting and its Policy Review Subcommittee: Materials and Minutes are now available (Prof. Kondo)

The first meetings of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Health Promotion Plan 21 (Second Stage) Promotion Council and the Policy Review Subcommittee were held on July 9 and August 3, 2021, respectively, and the materials and minutes were published on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website “Tokyo Kenko Station”. (The minutes of the first meeting of the … Continue reading “Report: Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Health Promotion Plan 21 (Second Stage) Promotion Meeting and its Policy Review Subcommittee: Materials and Minutes are now available (Prof. Kondo)”

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Release of the report: The Relationship between Internet Use and Health in the Elderly

A report on the relationship between Internet use and health among the elderly has been released by JAGES, of which Naoki Kondo is a board member and Kyoto University. Understanding the role of Internet access on health and health equity toward healthy ageing in the Western Pacific Region Kondo Naoki, Koga Chie, Nagamine Yuiko Press … Continue reading “Release of the report: The Relationship between Internet Use and Health in the Elderly”

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Award: Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation 2021 Domestic Best Case Study (Mifune Town, Kumamoto Prefecture)

Mifune Town, Kumamoto Prefecture, where the JAGES Organization, of which Naoki Kondo is a board member, is providing support, was awarded the “Healthy Aging Prize for Asian  Innovation 2021: Best Domestic Case Study.” Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) 2021.07.30 “Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation 2021” Awarded Organizations Japan domestic selection: Best case study … Continue reading “Award: Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation 2021 Domestic Best Case Study (Mifune Town, Kumamoto Prefecture)”

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Notice: Professor. Kondo speaks at the symposium of the Society for Clinical Epidemiology

Professor.Naoki Kondo will speak at the symposium of the Society for Clinical Epidemiology  The 4th Annual Meeting  to be held on October 30, 2021. Society of Clinical Epidemiology The 4th Annual Meeting https:/ /supportoffice.jp/jsce2021/ Theme of the Meeting  Returning to the starting point: Starting with the patient, returning to the patient Dates: October 30 (Sat) … Continue reading “Notice: Professor. Kondo speaks at the symposium of the Society for Clinical Epidemiology”

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Appointed as a member of the Uji City Council for Health Promotion and Dietary Education (Professor Kondo)

Professor Kondo was appointed as a new member of the Uji City Council for Health Promotion and Dietary Education on May 1, 2021. The term of office is from May 1, 2011 to March 31, 2022.

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Descriptive study of healthy life expectancy in all secondary medical areas in Japan.

A new paper has been published by the International Journal of Epidemiology. Ojima, T., Hosokawa, R., Myojin, T., Aida, J., Kondo, K., & Kondo, N. (2021). Descriptive study of healthy life expectancy in all secondary medical areas in Japan. International Journal of Epidemiology, 50(Supplement_1), dyab168-507. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyab168.507 Abstract Background Healthy life expectancy (HLE) is an index combined … Continue reading “Descriptive study of healthy life expectancy in all secondary medical areas in Japan.”

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Trends in area-level socioeconomic inequalities of lung cancer mortality by age group in Japan: 1995-2014.

A new paper has been published by the International Journal of Epidemiology. Ito, Y., Fukui, K., Kondo, N., Katanoda, K., Nakaya, T., & Sobue, T. (2021). Trends in area-level socioeconomic inequalities of lung cancer mortality by age group in Japan: 1995-2014. International Journal of Epidemiology, 50(Supplement_1), dyab168-314. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyab168.314 Abstract Background During the long-term economic recession, health … Continue reading “Trends in area-level socioeconomic inequalities of lung cancer mortality by age group in Japan: 1995-2014.”

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New paper: Dementia risks identified by vocal features via telephone conversations: A novel machine learning prediction model

We published a new paper from PLoS One. Shimoda A, Li Y, Hayashi H, Kondo N. Dementia risks identified by vocal features via telephone conversations: A novel machine learning prediction model. PLoS One. 2021 Jul 14;16(7):e0253988. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253988. PMID: 34260593. Abstract Due to difficulty in early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) related to cost and … Continue reading “New paper: Dementia risks identified by vocal features via telephone conversations: A novel machine learning prediction model”

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Renewal of the homepage

Thank you for visiting the website of the Department of Social Epidemiology, Graduate School of Medicine and School of Public Health, Kyoto University. We have renewed our homepage in September 2021. The URL has also been changed along with the renewal. Please visit our website at https://socepi.med.kyoto-u.ac.jp/

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“Kenkisen Sen®” wins silver in the “Inner Promotion Planning” category at the 19th JPM Planning Solution Awards

Hakuhodo DY Holdings Inc.’s health management support program “Kenkisen Sen®”, for which our field is conducting joint research, has won the Silver Award in the “Inner Promotion Planning” category at the 19th JPM Planning Solution Awards. The 19th JPM Planning Solution Awards 2021 Award Winning Entries! https://jpm-inc.jp/news/planning-sa/2021-08-30-3392/

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Complex multimorbidity and mortality in Japan: a prospective propensity-matched cohort study.

We published a study from BMJ Open. Kato D, Kawachi I, Saito J, Kondo N. Complex multimorbidity and mortality in Japan: a prospective propensity-matched cohort study. BMJ Open. 2021 Aug 2;11(8):e046749. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046749 PMID: 34341044. Abstract Objectives: There are limitations to defining multimorbidity (MM) based on a simple count of diseases. To address these limitations, the concept … Continue reading “Complex multimorbidity and mortality in Japan: a prospective propensity-matched cohort study.”

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Large-Scale Fandom-based Gamification Intervention to Increase Physical Activity: A Quasi-experimental Study.

A new paper was published from Sci Sports Exerc. Kamada M, Hayashi H, Shiba K, Taguri M, Kondo N, Lee IM, Kawachi I. Large-Scale Fandom-based Gamification Intervention to Increase Physical Activity: A Quasi-experimental Study. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2021 Aug. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002770 Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34366420. Abstract Purpose: Gamification, the use of game design elements … Continue reading “Large-Scale Fandom-based Gamification Intervention to Increase Physical Activity: A Quasi-experimental Study.”

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Accumulated long-term care benefits by risk assessment scales for incident functional disability: A six-year follow-up study of long-term care receipt data

A new paper was published from Nihon Koshu Eisei Zasshi. Saito M, Tsuji T, Fujita K, Kondo N, Aida J, Ojima T, Kondo K. [Accumulated long-term care benefits by risk assessment scales for incident functional disability: A six-year follow-up study of long-term care receipt data]. Nihon Koshu Eisei Zasshi. 2021 Aug 6. Japanese. DOI: 10.11236/jph.21-056 Epub … Continue reading “Accumulated long-term care benefits by risk assessment scales for incident functional disability: A six-year follow-up study of long-term care receipt data”

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Article Publication: Possibility of “Social Prescription” in Psychiatry (Nishioka)

Research Fellow Daisuke Nishioka’s paper has been published in “Psychiatry”. Daisuke Nishioka, Naoki Kondo. Possibility of “social prescription” in psychiatry. Psychiatry 39(1) 64 – 70 Available at: https://www.molcom.jp/products/detail/145870/

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Announcement: Clinical Research Summer Seminar

On Sunday, August 29, 2021, Naoki Kondo will speak at the Clinical Research Summer Seminar on “Medical Care and Its Evaluation Focusing on Patients’ Isolation, Loneliness, and Poverty.

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Media Coverage: Isolation and Loneliness are a Matter of Life: The Challenge of “Social Prescription” to Invite Patients into the Circle of People in the Community, and Whether “Social Prescription” Will Become a System to Heal Loneliness and Isolation: Trials Starting in Japan (Naoki Kondo)

An article by Naoki Kondo (Professor) was published on Buzzfeed. 1. Isolation and loneliness are a matter of life. The challenge of “social prescription” that invites patients into the circle of people in the community Published on July 17, 2021 https://www.buzzfeed.com/jp/naokikondo1/social-prescribing-1 2. Will “Social Prescription” Become a System to Heal Loneliness and Isolation? A Trial … Continue reading “Media Coverage: Isolation and Loneliness are a Matter of Life: The Challenge of “Social Prescription” to Invite Patients into the Circle of People in the Community, and Whether “Social Prescription” Will Become a System to Heal Loneliness and Isolation: Trials Starting in Japan (Naoki Kondo)”

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Elected to the Board of Directors of the Japanese Epidemiological Association (Kondo)

Naoki Kondo (Professor) has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Japanese Society of Epidemiology. Term of office: General meeting of members to be held in 2022 – General meeting of members to be held in 2024.

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News: [Collaboration] McCann Health Japan obtains evidence for the world’s first “dementia prediction model using voice data of daily conversation.”

A paper (co-authored by Kondo Laboratory and McCann Health Japan) was published in a peer-reviewed academic journal in PR TIMES. https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000035.000027750.html A Shimoda, L Yue, H Hayashi, N Kondo. Dementia risks identified by vocal features via telephone conversatons: a novel machine learning prediction model. PLOS ONE. 2021;16(7):e0253988. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0253988

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News: Joint research agreement signed with Kitanihon Computer Service Co., Ltd.

We have signed a joint research agreement with Kitanihon Computer Service Co., Ltd. We will conduct research on the “Development of a Health Management Support System for Welfare Recipients”. Kitanihon Computer Service Co., Ltd. https://www.kitacom.co.jp/

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Special Research Student Mariko Kanamori’s paper was published in several newspapers.

Special research student Mariko Kanamori’s paper has been published in several newspapers. Newly published papers: Saga Shimbun, Ryukyu Shimpo, Chukoku Shimbun SELECT, Shimono Shimbun, Kahoku Shimpo, Chubu Keizai Shimbun Ms. Mariko Kanamori, a veterinarian and a graduate student at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine, who is a member of the team, said, … Continue reading “Special Research Student Mariko Kanamori’s paper was published in several newspapers.”

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Serial article: Vol. 5 Using multivariate regression models for causal inference (The Igaku Kaisha Shimbun, Assistant Professor Inoue)

The latest installment of “Lecture on Causal Inference for Clinical and Epidemiological Research,” a series of articles by Assistant Professor Kosuke Inoue, has been published in Igakukai Shimbun. Vol. 5 Using multivariate regression models for causal inference (from Weekly Igakukai Shimbun (regular issue) No. 3431, August 02, 2021) https://www.igaku-shoin.co.jp/paper/archive/y2021/3431_04 Kosuke Inoue’s website is here: http://labusers.net/~kinoue/

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Media publication: People with depressive tendencies due to coronary heart disease tend to consume less fruits and vegetables

A joint research paper with Link and Communication Inc. was introduced in @DIME. Published on July 25, 2021 https://dime.jp/genre/1184224/

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Report: List of papers read by lab members between April and July

From April to July, our lab members read these papers. Tangari G, Ikram M, Ijaz K, Kaafar MA, Berkovsky S. Mobile health and privacy: cross sectional study. BMJ. 2021 Jun 16;373:n1248. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n1248. PMID: 34135009; PMCID: PMC8207561. Marsh AD, Muzigaba M, Diaz T, Requejo J, Jackson D, Chou D, Cresswell JA, Guthold R, Moran AC, … Continue reading “Report: List of papers read by lab members between April and July”

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Media Coverage: Depression Risk Research among Farmers: The Need for Mutual Aid across the Community (Special Research Student Mariko Kanamori)

Special research student, Mariko Kanamori’s paper was introduced in several newspapers. “Farmers’ depression risk study: Helping each other beyond the community is necessary” San-in Chuo Shimpo (July 5, 2021) https://www.sanin-chuo.co.jp/articles/-/54401 In addition, Okinawa Times, Kobe Shimbun, Nihonkai Shimbun, Kochi Shimbun (Kochi), Sanyo Shimbun (Sanyo) (Kochi), Sanyo Shimbun, Niigata Nippo, Fukushima Minpo, Iwate Nippo, Saitama Shimbun, … Continue reading “Media Coverage: Depression Risk Research among Farmers: The Need for Mutual Aid across the Community (Special Research Student Mariko Kanamori)”

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Media Coverage: JAGES – Vaccination rate doubles with family doctor

In the latest issue of the Weekly Health News, a study conducted by Dr. Koryu Sato and his colleagues at our department using data from the Japan Aging and Geriatric Evaluation Study (JAGES) was introduced. The study suggested that the vaccination rate of pneumococcal and influenza vaccines is about twice as high when a family … Continue reading “Media Coverage: JAGES – Vaccination rate doubles with family doctor”

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Publication notice: White Paper on Social Prescribing (Orange Cross)

The “White Paper on Social Prescribing,” written in part by Naoki Kondo and Daisuke Nishioka of our department, has been published. Some of the people who visit medical institutions have various social issues. Social prescribing” has been attracting attention as an approach to addressing such issues. This white paper examines how “social prescriptions” can be … Continue reading “Publication notice: White Paper on Social Prescribing (Orange Cross)”

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Notice: Clinical Research Summer Seminar

On Sunday, August 29, 2021, Naoki Kondo will speak at the Clinical Research Summer Seminar on “Medical Care and Its Evaluation Focusing on Patients’ Isolation, Loneliness and Poverty.

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Report: Lecture at a seminar on comprehensive community care (Nomura Research Institute, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Naoki Kondo spoke at the seminar on organic cooperation and role sharing within local governments for the establishment of a comprehensive regional care system. Seminar on Organic Cooperation and Role-Sharing within Local Governments for Building a Comprehensive Community Care System Lecture: “Regional Diagnosis and Organizational Cooperation for Community Organization and Its Effects Lecturer: Naomi Kondo … Continue reading “Report: Lecture at a seminar on comprehensive community care (Nomura Research Institute, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)”

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Announcement: Supervising Garmin’s New Project

Naoki Kondo will be supervising a new global project for Garmin, a long-established GPS device manufacturer in the United States. The new project is called Garmin Health, and it is designed to help people manage and improve their health not only in sports and activity situations, but also in their daily lives. For more information … Continue reading “Announcement: Supervising Garmin’s New Project”

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Report: Minutes of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Health Promotion Plan 21 Promotion Conference Released

The minutes and documents of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Health Promotion Plan 21 (Second Stage) Promotion Conference and the Policy Review Subcommittee, where Naoki Kondo serves as a member, have been newly released. The minutes and documents are here (in Japanese). The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Health Promotion Plan 21 (Second Stage) is a health promotion … Continue reading “Report: Minutes of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Health Promotion Plan 21 Promotion Conference Released”

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Article: Income Inequality Becomes Health Inequality (Public Assistance Research Quarterly)

Naoki Kondo and Daisuke Nishioka (visiting researcher) have published an article in the latest issue of the Quarterly Journal of Public Assistance Research. Click here for the table of contents of the Quarterly Journal of Public Assistance Research No. 261 (in Japanese). Click here to purchase. Daisuke Nishioka will continue to write a series of … Continue reading “Article: Income Inequality Becomes Health Inequality (Public Assistance Research Quarterly)”

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Press Release: Possible Regional Disparities in the “Improvement” of Care Needs

Airi Amamiya, a visiting researcher, published a paper in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health A press release was issued on a paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The Possibility of Regional Disparities in the “Improvement” of Care Needs(PDF) ~Social capital in the community may not be … Continue reading “Press Release: Possible Regional Disparities in the “Improvement” of Care Needs”

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Press Release: Socioeconomic disparities may exist in “improvement” of care needs

Airi Amamiya, a visiting researcher, has published a press release on a paper published in BMC Public Health. Possible socioeconomic disparities in the “improvement” of care needs – Longer education is twice as likely to improve as shorter education – (PDF, in Japanese) It is known that there is a possibility of improvement in the … Continue reading “Press Release: Socioeconomic disparities may exist in “improvement” of care needs”

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Media Release: JAGES – Possible Disparity in Social Activity and Improvement in Care Needs (Weekly Health and Sanitation News)

An article about researcher Airi Amemiya’s paper was published in the Weekly Health and Sanitation News. Weekly Public Health News No. 2108 (May 3/10, 2021) JAGES – Possible Disparities in Social Activity and Improvement in Care Needs (57) http://www.shahojitumu.co.jp/hokeneisei.htm (Table of Contents only, in Japanese) Reference Amemiya A, Saito J, Saito M, Takagi D, Haseda … Continue reading “Media Release: JAGES – Possible Disparity in Social Activity and Improvement in Care Needs (Weekly Health and Sanitation News)”

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Webinar Report: Resilience to Health Crises and Turning Crises into Opportunities – Novel Coronavirus Infections and Natural Disasters (JAGES)

On May 14, the Japan Agency for Gerontological Evaluation and Research (JAGES) hosted a webinar-style symposium titled “Resilience to Health Crises and Turning Crises into Opportunities: Novel Coronavirus Infections and Natural Disasters. Assistant Professor Goryu Sato gave a presentation on “The impact of the new coronavirus infection on the lives and health of the elderly”. … Continue reading “Webinar Report: Resilience to Health Crises and Turning Crises into Opportunities – Novel Coronavirus Infections and Natural Disasters (JAGES)”

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Report: Assistant Professor Inoue speaks at twitter live hosted by the American Heart Association

On May 25, 2021, Assistant Professor Kosuke Inoue spoke at a twitter live hosted by the American Heart Association. He was selected as a speaker for the twitter live because he published a paper in Hypertension in 2020 and the paper was selected as a High Impact Paper for Fall 2020. References Inoue K, Goldwater … Continue reading “Report: Assistant Professor Inoue speaks at twitter live hosted by the American Heart Association”

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Youtube: 3 health tips not to overdo it (Garmin’s video)

A Youtube video by Naoki Kondo was published in collaboration with Garmin, a company that sells smart watches and other products. Kyoto University professor talks about 3 health tips that you can do without overdoing it. Naoki Kondo’s website is here.

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Announcement: 2021 Osaka Public Health Seminar(12th): Social Determinants of Health in Japan

The Osaka Public Health Seminar: Social Determinants of Health in Japan will be held again this year. Dr. Naomi Kondo will be speaking at the seminar on August 9. [Date] August 7(Sat), 8(Sun), 9(Mon), 2021 [Venue] Multimedia Hall, 1st Floor, Center for Biomedical Innovation, Osaka University Suita Campus Monday, August 9, 12:00 – 12:45 Lecture … Continue reading “Announcement: 2021 Osaka Public Health Seminar(12th): Social Determinants of Health in Japan”

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Report: Lecture at Online Event (Special Research Student, Kanamori)

On December 13, 2020, Mariko Kanamori, a special research student, gave a lecture on “The Curious Relationship between Gender Norms and Mental Health: An Invitation to Social Epidemiology Research” at an online event on veterinarian work style reform. The event was also introduced in the magazine “Clinical Veterinary Medicine” (in Japanese). Clinical Veterinarian, June 2021 … Continue reading “Report: Lecture at Online Event (Special Research Student, Kanamori)”

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Award: Young Investigator Excellence Award (Assistant Professor Haseda, Japan Primary Care Association)

Maho Haseda, Assistant Professor, has received the 2021 Young Investigator Excellence Award from the Japan Primary Care Association. The award ceremony was held online on June 13, 2021. The 12th Annual Meeting of the Japan Primary Care Association Dates: Live Streaming May 21 (Fri.) – 23 (Sun.), 2021 / On-demand Streaming May 21 (Fri.) – … Continue reading “Award: Young Investigator Excellence Award (Assistant Professor Haseda, Japan Primary Care Association)”

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Serial Lecture on causal inference for clinical and epidemiological research (Assistant Professor Inoue)

Assistant Professor Kosuke Inoue has been writing a series of lectures on causal inference for clinical and epidemiological research in the Igakukai Shimbun (in Japanese). Part 3: Using DAG for Causal Inference 2021.06.07 Part 2: What is Causal Inference Anyway? May 10, 2021 Part 1: Making Medical Research More Accessible and Wonderful with Causal Inference! 2021.04.05

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Serialized article: Estimating causal effects by stratified analysis (Inoue)

Assistant Professor Kosuke Inoue’s latest article “Lecture on Causal Inference for Clinical and Epidemiological Research,” serialized in Igakukai Shimbun, has been published. [No.4] Estimating causal effects by stratified analysis (From Weekly Igaku Kaikai Shimbun (regular issue): No. 3427, 2021.07.05, in Japanese) The website of Kosuke Inoue is here.

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Report: Keynote Speech: Management of Lifestyle-related Disease Prevention/Improvement Programs in Coronary Illness (Sports&Wellness Week)

Naoki Kondo gave a keynote speech at the seminar “Management of lifestyle-related disease prevention/improvement programs in the wake of the Corona disaster” at Sports&Wellness Week 2021, a comprehensive exhibition featuring more than 650 companies with products and services related to sports, fitness, and health. Sports&Wellness Week 2021 Seminar: Management of lifestyle-related disease prevention/improvement programs in … Continue reading “Report: Keynote Speech: Management of Lifestyle-related Disease Prevention/Improvement Programs in Coronary Illness (Sports&Wellness Week)”

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Report: A short movie introducing the paper (Social participation, company size of the longest-held job)

Naoki Kondo co-authored and Satoru Kanamori of Teikyo University Graduate School published a new paper in the Journal of Occupational Health. Using data from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES), the paper reports on the relationship between the size of the company in which the oldest Japanese men worked the longest and social participation and … Continue reading “Report: A short movie introducing the paper (Social participation, company size of the longest-held job)”

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Report: Symposium (Digital inclusion of older people: harnessing digital technologies to promote healthy ageing in the Western Pacific Region)

Naoki Kondo spoke at the symposium “Digital inclusion of older people: harnessing digital technologies to promote healthy aging in the Western Pacific Region” held offline (Beijing) and online on June 23, 2021. In the symposium, he spoke about “Understanding the Role of Internet Access on Health and Health Equity toward Healthy Ageing in the Western … Continue reading “Report: Symposium (Digital inclusion of older people: harnessing digital technologies to promote healthy ageing in the Western Pacific Region)”

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New Paper: Mobility restrictions were associated with reductions in COVID-19 incidence early in the pandemic: evidence from a real-time evaluation in 34 countries

We published a paper from Scientific Reports. Oh J, Lee HY, Khuong QL, Markuns JF, Bullen C, Barrios OEA, Hwang SS, Suh YS, McCool J, Kachur SP, Chan CC, Kwon S, Kondo N, Hoang VM, Moon JR, Rostila M, Norheim OF, You M, Withers M, Li M, Lee EJ, Benski C, Park S, Nam EW, … Continue reading “New Paper: Mobility restrictions were associated with reductions in COVID-19 incidence early in the pandemic: evidence from a real-time evaluation in 34 countries”

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New Paper: Disability and psychological distress in nine countries of the former Soviet Union

We published a paper from J Affect Disord. Stickley A, Kondo N, Roberts B, Kizilova K, Waldman K, Oh H, Inoue Y, Shin JI, Shakespeare T, McKee M. Disability and psychological distress in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. J Affect Disord. 2021 Jun 2;292:782-787. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.05.061. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34175591. Abstract … Continue reading “New Paper: Disability and psychological distress in nine countries of the former Soviet Union”

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New paper: Disability and loneliness in nine countries of the former Soviet Union

We published a paper from Disabil Health J. Stickley A, Kondo N, Richardson E, Leinsalu M, Waldman K, Oh H, Inoue Y, Shakespeare T, McKee M. Disability and loneliness in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. Disabil Health J. 2021 May 28:101123. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2021.101123. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34147415. Abstract Background: People with disabilities … Continue reading “New paper: Disability and loneliness in nine countries of the former Soviet Union”

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New paper: Sociodemographic inequities in dental care utilisation among governmental welfare recipients in Japan: a retrospective cohort study

We published a paper from Int J Equity Health. Nishioka D, Ueno K, Kino S, Aida J, Kondo N. Sociodemographic inequities in dental care utilisation among governmental welfare recipients in Japan: a retrospective cohort study. Int J Equity Health. 2021 Jun 16;20(1):141. doi: 10.1186/s12939-021-01473-8. PMID: 34134717. Abstract Background: Maintaining oral health is one of the global … Continue reading “New paper: Sociodemographic inequities in dental care utilisation among governmental welfare recipients in Japan: a retrospective cohort study”

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Report: Twitter Live hosted by American Heart Association

On May 25, 2021, Assistant Professor Kosuke Inoue took the stage at a twitter live hosted by the American Heart Association. He was selected as a speaker for the twitter live because he published a paper in Hypertension in 2020 and the paper was selected as a High Impact Paper for Fall 2020. Inoue K, … Continue reading “Report: Twitter Live hosted by American Heart Association”

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Report: Twitter Live (American Heart Association)

On May 25, 2021, Assistant Professor Kosuke Inoue took the stage at a twitter live hosted by the American Heart Association. He was selected as a speaker for the twitter live because he published a paper in Hypertension in 2020 and the paper was selected as a High Impact Paper for Fall 2020. Inoue K, … Continue reading “Report: Twitter Live (American Heart Association)”

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New paper: Disability and loneliness in nine countries of the former Soviet Union

We published a paper from Disability and Health Journal. Stickley, A., Kondo, N., Richardson, E., Leinsalu, M., Waldman, K., Oh, H., … & McKee, M. (2021). Disability and loneliness in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. Disability and Health Journal, 101123. Abstract Background People with disabilities (PWD) often face structural and other barriers to community … Continue reading “New paper: Disability and loneliness in nine countries of the former Soviet Union”

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New paper: Non-financial social determinants of diabetes among public assistance recipients in Japan: A cohort study.

We publshed a paper from J Diabetes Investig. Nishioka D, Saito J, Ueno K, Kondo N. Non-financial social determinants of diabetes among public assistance recipients in Japan: A cohort study. J Diabetes Investig. 2021 Jun;12(6):1104-1111. doi: 10.1111/jdi.13435. Epub 2020 Nov 18. PMID: 33047513. Abstract Aims/introduction: Poverty is an important social determinant of diabetes. Poverty is a … Continue reading “New paper: Non-financial social determinants of diabetes among public assistance recipients in Japan: A cohort study.”

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New paper: Physical Activity and Cumulative Long-Term Care Cost among Older Japanese Adults: A Prospective Study in JAGES.

We published a paper from Int J Environ Res Public Health. Hirai H, Saito M, Kondo N, Kondo K, Ojima T. Physical Activity and Cumulative Long-Term Care Cost among Older Japanese Adults: A Prospective Study in JAGES. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 May 9;18(9):5004. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18095004. PMID: 34065052. Abstract This study aimed to … Continue reading “New paper: Physical Activity and Cumulative Long-Term Care Cost among Older Japanese Adults: A Prospective Study in JAGES.”

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New paper: Differences in Cumulative Long-Term Care Costs by Community Activities and Employment: A Prospective Follow-Up Study of Older Japanese Adults.

We published a paper from Int J Environ Res Public Health. Saito M, Kondo N, Aida J, Saito J, Anezaki H, Ojima T, Kondo K. Differences in Cumulative Long-Term Care Costs by Community Activities and Employment: A Prospective Follow-Up Study of Older Japanese Adults. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 May 19;18(10):5414. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18105414. … Continue reading “New paper: Differences in Cumulative Long-Term Care Costs by Community Activities and Employment: A Prospective Follow-Up Study of Older Japanese Adults.”

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New paper: Working from home and dietary changes during the COVID-19 pandemic: A longitudinal study of health app (CALO mama) users.

We published a paper from Appetite. Sato K, Kobayashi S, Yamaguchi M, Sakata R, Sasaki Y, Murayama C, Kondo N. Working from home and dietary changes during the COVID-19 pandemic: A longitudinal study of health app (CALO mama) users. Appetite. 2021 May 15:105323. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105323. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34004241. Abstract It is plausible … Continue reading “New paper: Working from home and dietary changes during the COVID-19 pandemic: A longitudinal study of health app (CALO mama) users.”

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New paper: Community social networks, individual social participation and dietary behavior among older Japanese adults: Examining mediation using nonlinear structural equation models for three-wave longitudinal data

We published a paper from Preventive Medicine. M. Nishio, D. Takagi, T. Shinozaki, et al., Community social networks, individual social participation and dietary behavior among older Japanese adults: Examining mediation using nonlinear structural equation models for three-wave longitudinal data, Preventive Medicine (2021), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106613 Abstract Community social networks positively affect older adults’ dietary behavior, but the … Continue reading “New paper: Community social networks, individual social participation and dietary behavior among older Japanese adults: Examining mediation using nonlinear structural equation models for three-wave longitudinal data”

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New paper: Single-parenthood and health conditions among children receiving public assistance in Japan: a cohort study

We published a paper from BMC Pediatrics. Nishioka D, Saito J, Ueno K, Kondo N. Single-parenthood and health conditions among children receiving public assistance in Japan: a cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2021 May 3;21(1):214. doi: 10.1186/s12887-021-02682-4. PMID: 33941113. Abstract Background: Children’s healthy development is important. While governmental public assistance benefits financially troubled families, it cannot compensate … Continue reading “New paper: Single-parenthood and health conditions among children receiving public assistance in Japan: a cohort study”

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New paper: Economic cycles and inequalities in alcohol-related mortality in the Baltic countries and Finland in 2000-2015: a register-based study.

We published a paper from Addiction. Stickley A, Baburin A, Jasilionis D, Krumins J, Martikainen P, Kondo N, Leinsalu M. Economic cycles and inequalities in alcohol-related mortality in the Baltic countries and Finland in 2000-2015: a register-based study. Addiction. 2021 Apr 28. doi: 10.1111/add.15526. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33908662. Abstract Aim: To estimate whether large … Continue reading “New paper: Economic cycles and inequalities in alcohol-related mortality in the Baltic countries and Finland in 2000-2015: a register-based study.”

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New paper: Social participation and mortality according to company size of the longest-held job among older men in Japan: A 6-year follow-up study from the JAGES.

We published a paper from Journal of Occupational Health. Kanamori S, Kondo N, Takamiya T, Kikuchi H, Inoue S, Tsuji T, Kai Y, Muto G, Kondo K. Social participation and mortality according to company size of the longest-held job among older men in Japan: A 6-year follow-up study from the JAGES. J Occup Health. 2021 … Continue reading “New paper: Social participation and mortality according to company size of the longest-held job among older men in Japan: A 6-year follow-up study from the JAGES.”

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New paper: Changes in health-related quality of life among impoverished persons in the Free/Low-Cost Medical Care Program in Japan: Evidence from a prospective cohort study.

We published a paper from Journal of Epidemiology. Nishioka D, Tamaki C, Furuita N, Nakagawa H, Sasaki E, Uematsu R, Ozaki T, Wakata S, Kondo N. Changes in health-related quality of life among impoverished persons in the Free/Low-Cost Medical Care Program in Japan: Evidence from a prospective cohort study. J Epidemiol. 2021 Mar 27. doi: … Continue reading “New paper: Changes in health-related quality of life among impoverished persons in the Free/Low-Cost Medical Care Program in Japan: Evidence from a prospective cohort study.”

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New paper: Causal Inference in Studying the Long-term Health Effects of Disasters: Challenges and Potential Solutions.

We published a paper from American Journal of Epidemiology. Shiba K, Kawahara T, Aida J, Kondo K, Kondo N, James P, Arcaya M, Kawachi I. Causal Inference in Studying the Long-term Health Effects of Disasters: Challenges and Potential Solutions. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Mar 17:kwab064. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwab064. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33728430. Abstract Two … Continue reading “New paper: Causal Inference in Studying the Long-term Health Effects of Disasters: Challenges and Potential Solutions.”

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New paper: Neighborhood farm density, types of agriculture, and depressive symptoms among older farmers: a cross-sectional study.

We published a new paper from BMC Public Health. Kanamori M, Hanazato M, Kondo K, Stickley A, Kondo N. Neighborhood farm density, types of agriculture, and depressive symptoms among older farmers: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2021 Mar 4;21(1):440. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10469-6. PMID: 33663434. Abstract Background: Farmers may have an increased risk for poor mental health. … Continue reading “New paper: Neighborhood farm density, types of agriculture, and depressive symptoms among older farmers: a cross-sectional study.”

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New paper: Changes in work and life patterns associated with depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational study of health app (CALO mama) users

We published a paper from Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Sato K, Sakata R, Murayama C, Yamaguchi M, Matsuoka Y, Kondo N. Changes in work and life patterns associated with depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational study of health app (CALO mama) users. Occup Environ Med. 2021 Feb 22:oemed-2020-106945. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2020-106945. Epub ahead of … Continue reading “New paper: Changes in work and life patterns associated with depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational study of health app (CALO mama) users”

New paper: Predictors of home being the preferred place of death among Japanese older people: JAGES cross-sectional study

We published a new paper from Geriatrics & Gerontology International. Ishikawa T, Haseda M, Kondo N, Kondo K, Fukui S. Predictors of home being the preferred place of death among Japanese older people: JAGES cross-sectional study. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2021 Feb 16. doi: 10.1111/ggi.14135. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33594743. Abstract Aim: There is a large … Continue reading “New paper: Predictors of home being the preferred place of death among Japanese older people: JAGES cross-sectional study”

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New paper: Association of pneumococcal and influenza vaccination with patient-physician communication in older adults: A nationwide cross-sectional study from the JAGES 2016

We published a paper from Journal of Epidemiology. Sato K, Kondo N, Murata C, Shobugawa Y, Saito K, Kondo K. Association of pneumococcal and influenza vaccination with patient-physician communication in older adults: A nationwide cross-sectional study from the JAGES 2016. J Epidemiol. 2021 Feb 6. doi: 10.2188/jea.JE20200505. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33551389. Abstract Background: Increasing … Continue reading “New paper: Association of pneumococcal and influenza vaccination with patient-physician communication in older adults: A nationwide cross-sectional study from the JAGES 2016”

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New paper: Preferences for the forms of co-payment and advance payment in healthcare services; a discrete choice experiment

We published a paper from Asian Pacific Journal of Health Economics and Policy. Masaki Okuda, Yukinobu Ichida, Keita Yamane, Rika Ohtsuka, Miwa Yamaguchi, Rei Goto, Atsuhiro Yamada, Atsushi Sannabe, Naoki Kondo, Takashi Oshio. Preferences for the forms of co-payment and advance payment in healthcare services; a discrete choice experiment. Asian Pacific Journal of Health Economics … Continue reading “New paper: Preferences for the forms of co-payment and advance payment in healthcare services; a discrete choice experiment”

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New paper: Childhood adversities, late-life stressors and the onset of depressive symptoms in community-dwelling older adults

We published a paper from Aging & Mental Health. Inoue Y, Stickley A, Yazawa A, Aida J, Koyanagi A, Kondo N. Childhood adversities, late-life stressors and the onset of depressive symptoms in community-dwelling older adults. Aging Ment Health. 2021 Feb 1:1-6. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2021.1875190. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33522286. Abstract Objective: Depression is common in older … Continue reading “New paper: Childhood adversities, late-life stressors and the onset of depressive symptoms in community-dwelling older adults”

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New paper: Macroeconomic changes and educational inequalities in traffic fatalities in the Baltic countries and Finland in 2000-2015: a register-based study.

We published a paper from Scientific Reports. Stickley A, Baburin A, Jasilionis D, Krumins J, Martikainen P, Kondo N, Leinsalu M. Macroeconomic changes and educational inequalities in traffic fatalities in the Baltic countries and Finland in 2000-2015: a register-based study. Sci Rep. 2021 Jan 27;11(1):2397. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-81135-5. PMID: 33504848. Abstract This study examined trends and … Continue reading “New paper: Macroeconomic changes and educational inequalities in traffic fatalities in the Baltic countries and Finland in 2000-2015: a register-based study.”

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New paper: Association between frequency of laughter and oral health among community-dwelling older adults: a population-based cross-sectional study in Japan

We published a paper from Quality of Life Research. Hirosaki M, Ohira T, Shirai K, Kondo N, Aida J, Yamamoto T, Takeuchi K, Kondo K. Association between frequency of laughter and oral health among community-dwelling older adults: a population-based cross-sectional study in Japan. Qual Life Res. 2021 Jan 11. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02752-7. Epub ahead of print. … Continue reading “New paper: Association between frequency of laughter and oral health among community-dwelling older adults: a population-based cross-sectional study in Japan”

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New book chapter : Disaster and Health What Makes a Country Resilient?

We published a book from  Oxford Scholarship Online. Disaster and Health What Makes a Country Resilient? Naoki Kondo, Jun Aida DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198848134.003.0018 Resilience reflects the capability of communities and individuals to resist, cope with, and continue functioning during and after a disaster. Evidence from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami suggest that maintaining community … Continue reading “New book chapter : Disaster and Health What Makes a Country Resilient?”

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New paper: Factors Associated With Discussions Regarding Place of Death Preferences Among Older Japanese: A JAGES Cross-Sectional Study.

We published a paper from American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Moriki Y, Haseda M, Kondo N, Ojima T, Kondo K, Fukui S. Factors Associated With Discussions Regarding Place of Death Preferences Among Older Japanese: A JAGES Cross-Sectional Study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Jan;38(1):54-61. doi: 10.1177/1049909120954813. Epub 2020 Sep 14. PMID: 32924525. … Continue reading “New paper: Factors Associated With Discussions Regarding Place of Death Preferences Among Older Japanese: A JAGES Cross-Sectional Study.”

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New papter: Parental working hours and children’s sedentary time: a cross-sectional analysis of the J-SHINE

We published a new paper from Journal of Epidemiology. Hatakeyama N, Kamada M, Kondo N. Parental working hours and children’s sedentary time: a cross-sectional analysis of the J-SHINE. J Epidemiol. 2020 Oct 3. doi: 10.2188/jea.JE20200170. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33012775. Abstract Background: Sedentary behaviors are prevalent among children and can have a detrimental effect … Continue reading “New papter: Parental working hours and children’s sedentary time: a cross-sectional analysis of the J-SHINE”

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New paper: Non-financial social determinants of diabetes among public assistance recipients in Japan: a cohort study.

We published a new paper from Journal of Diabetes Investigation. Nishioka, D., Saito, J., Ueno, K., & Kondo, N. (2020). Non-financial social determinants of diabetes among public assistance recipients in Japan: a cohort study. Journal of Diabetes Investigation. https://doi.org/10.1111/jdi.13435 Abstract Aims/Introduction Poverty is an important social determinant of diabetes. Poverty is a multidimensional concept including … Continue reading “New paper: Non-financial social determinants of diabetes among public assistance recipients in Japan: a cohort study.”

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New paper: Primary care approach to frailty: Japan’s latest trial in responding to the emerging needs of an ageing population.

We published a new paper from Integrated Healthcare Journal. Rosenberg, M., Kondo, K., Kondo, N., Shimada, H., & Arai, H. (2020). Primary care approach to frailty: Japan’s latest trial in responding to the emerging needs of an ageing population. Integrated Healthcare Journal, 2(1), e000049. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ihj-2020-000049

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JAGES in the UNFPA report

The activities of Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study was introduced in the report of UNFPA: Regional COVID-19 monitoring report June 2020_B-1

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My presentation videos

Here is the list of the videos of the Webinars I attended on YouTube. Older persons and COVID-19 Dr Naoki Kondo, Presentation: Importance of social connection for health and wellbeing of older people: lessons from Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study Webinar by Help Age International and more. June 2020 Naoki Kondo. Achieving health equity via community … Continue reading “My presentation videos”

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Webinar video is available on YouTube: Older persons and COVID-19

Naoki Kondo attended the webinar: Older Persons, Communities and COVID-19, co-organized by HelpAge International, ESCAP, UNFPA, JAGES and AGAC. The Webinar video is now available online here.

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New paper: Post-disaster Changes in Social Capital and Mental Health: A Natural Experiment from the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

We published a new paper from American journal of epidemiology. Abstract Levels of social capital can change after a natural disaster; thus far, no study has examined how changes in social capital affect the mental health of disaster victims. This study examined how pre-disaster social capital and its changes after a disaster were associated with … Continue reading “New paper: Post-disaster Changes in Social Capital and Mental Health: A Natural Experiment from the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake”

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Selected for the top downloaded paper: Development of a risk assessment scale predicting incident functional disability among older people: Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study

My paper was selected for the top downloaded paper in the journal last year. The lead author is Taishi Tsuji, an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba. Taishi Tsuji Katsunori Kondo Naoki Kondo Jun Aida Daisuke Takagi. Development of a risk assessment scale predicting incident functional disability among older people: Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study

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Selected for the top downloaded paper: Suicide and Types of Agriculture: A Time‐Series Analysis in Japan

My paper was selected for the top downloaded paper in the journal last year. The lead author is Mariko Kanamori, a PhD student at my lab.

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JAGES action study at Yangon, Myanmer on WHO website

Our project toward health ageing in Asian countries had a workshop in Myanmar in the end of last year. WHO Kobe Centre published the report of the activity. Using research data to improve health system responsiveness to older people’s needs, Myanmar, 16-17 December 2019  

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New paper: Assessment of Additional Medical Costs Among Older Adults in Japan With a History of Childhood Maltreatment

We published a new paper from JAMA Network Open. Abstract Importance  Childhood maltreatment can have significant consequences on health through the life course, but its association with health care costs in later life is not widely known. Objective  To assess whether a history of childhood maltreatment is associated with additional medical costs among older adults in Japan. … Continue reading “New paper: Assessment of Additional Medical Costs Among Older Adults in Japan With a History of Childhood Maltreatment”

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New paper: Carbon footprint of Japanese health care services from 2011 to 2015

We published a new paper from Resources, Conservation and Recycling. Highlights ・In Japan, the carbon footprint of health care accounted for 4.6% of total national emissions in 2011. ・By 2015, the annual carbon footprint had increased to 72.0 MtCO2e owing to the growth of medical expenditures. ・The carbon footprint per patient with or without hospitalization … Continue reading “New paper: Carbon footprint of Japanese health care services from 2011 to 2015”

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New Book:The Atlas of Health Inequalities in Japan

we published a new book from Springer: The Atlas of Health Inequalities in Japan. From the book website: This new health atlas of Japan presents a series of maps about the health of the contemporary Japanese population, i.e. detailed maps of health indicators in small areas using cartograms. This is the first comprehensive small-area based … Continue reading “New Book:The Atlas of Health Inequalities in Japan”

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An interview article by Foodtank, the Global think tank for food, was published

An interview article by Foodtank, the Global think tank for food, was published. Creating Partnerships in Tokyo is Key to Effective Government Food Initiatives -June, 2019 

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New paper: Effectiveness of a low-value financialincentive program for increasing vegetablerich restaurant meal selection and reducing socioeconomic inequality: a cluster crossover trial

We published a new paper from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Abstract Background: In light of recent theories in behavioural economics, an intervention program with monetary incentives could be effective for helping patrons order healthy food, even if the incentive is small and less than one’s perceived marginal value. Methods: In this … Continue reading “New paper: Effectiveness of a low-value financialincentive program for increasing vegetablerich restaurant meal selection and reducing socioeconomic inequality: a cluster crossover trial”

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Features of the laboratory

1. Free
1. Free

The “must” rule is a barrier to the birth of valuable ideas. We try to have as few rules as possible and create an environment where everyone can learn and grow freely with appropriate support. Our members have a diverse range of backgrounds.
(Unfortunately, in many cases learning at Kyoto University is not free, but you can learn freely at this lab!)

2. Cooperate
2. Cooperate

Students, the administrative staff, and faculty members are all working together to achieve their respective goals. We have created a system where everyone becomes a leader of activities to achieve their respective goals, exchanging support with each other as we proceed. There are no hierarchical relationships between the administrative staff, professors, and students, but rather a division of roles. The emphasis is on creating a system that connects and helps each other. By connecting, we can create a stronger and more vibrant academic environment and accomplish things that we could not do alone. We are also active in organizational collaboration that transcends the boundaries of “medicine” and “research”.

3. Change
3. Change

Society is changing. As society changes, so does the impact of society on health. We will not be bound by the conventional wisdom and ideas that have existed until now, but rather, we will accept change, change ourselves, and take the opportunity to encounter new challenges.