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Reality check: VR and AI bring new options to healthcare

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In Japanese hospitals, virtual reality (VR) is getting real. Together with augmented reality (AR), this technology—once the realm of devoted gamers—is now helping surgeons hone their technique. Twelve hospitals across Japan are now using VR tech­nology from Tokyo-based Holoeyes, Inc. to view 3D models of organs such as the liver… Read

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WHO calls on businesses to create smoke-free workplaces

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The World Health Organization is inviting businesses across the Western Pacific region to join a new campaign, “Revolution Smoke-Free”, and establish smoke-free workplaces in which everyone is free from tobacco smoke in their workplaces and beyond. “A smoke-free workplace is not a privilege, it’s a global standard,” says Dr Shin… Read

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This two-second self-check helps you know if you’re in dehydration danger

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Summer in Japan is almost always hot, but this year it’s on a whole other level. But it’s not just laughably hot, but dangerously so. In these conditions, the threat of heat stroke is something you have to be aware of, especially if you’re in Japan on vacation and not acclimated to the… Read

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The digital health revolution: Is Japan ready for next-generation care?

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Today, people are spending more time looking at the world through their phones rather than their eyes. So, why shouldn’t healthcare become more digital, too? Recently, Ryohei Goto, partner at US global management consulting company A.T. Kearney, spoke about Japan’s growing relationship with digital healthcare. At an event hosted by… Read

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Healthy Japanese sweets to keep an eye out for if you’re on a diet

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If you’ve ever wandered around the basement food floors of Japanese department stores, you’re bound to have seen a wide range of desserts from western delicacies to traditional Japanese sweets. Precious cakes, beautiful gift boxes, and tea cookies each individually wrapped to perfection. Ohh, the temptation. Back when I first moved to… Read

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8 ways new technology is transforming medical care

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AI and robots are already changing our lives, from answering questions in the home to producing goods for manufacturers. Their increasing use in healthcare is now altering how the system operates. From training the next generation of medical professionals to keeping patients healthier, below are eight ways in which AI… Read

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Cold comforts: From OTC Japanese drugs to home remedies for flu season

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We are now into February, widely regarded by many as the coldest time of year in Japan. Indeed, I’ve found myself turning the heat up on the air conditioning a bit more in the last couple of weeks. My recent trip up to Tokyo was a bit of a shock… Read

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Drink to your health: How Japan’s 'tokuho' products took shape

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Pepsi Light, Diet Coke, and Fanta Zero are just a few of the popular options beverage companies have long offered health-conscious consumers worldwide. But in Japan, another option has surfaced that promises greater health benefits: tokuho. In 1991, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) introduced tokuho (short for… Read

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Moonlight magic at The Ritz Carlton Tokyo Spa

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Who knew they follow mystical rituals up on the 46th floor at the Ritz Carlton Tokyo Spa. Every month on the night of the full moon, they take out the smooth, black stones used for the hot stone body treatment and leave them on the window sill to bask in… Read

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Australian cancer specialists may hold key to next advancement in ovarian cancer treatment

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Three leading Australian cancer treatment centers are at the forefront of a drug trial that could see the next major advancement in ovarian cancer therapy. Associate Professor Jim Coward, an oncologist at Icon Cancer Care in South Brisbane, is leading the first clinical trial of Cantrixil, a locally developed molecule by biotech Novogen that… Read

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