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Kagawa Nutrition University is a private university in Japan. The university has two campuses, one in Sakado, Saitama and the other in Komagome, Toshima, Tokyo. The Sakado campus contains all undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The Komagome campus houses the Evening Department, junior college, and vocational college. Wikipedia.

Ishida H.,Kagawa Nutrition University
Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology | Year: 2015

School meal service programs are essential for children’s long-term nutrition and health promotion. The programs vary in content, depending on the economic condition, health condition and the food supply situation in each country. Children are encouraged to improve their nutrition, and choose healthy foods and learn good dietary habits through school meals and nutrition education. In Japan, the school lunch program started in 1889. The percentage of elementary schools serving school lunches had reached 99.2% in 2014, and the Nutrition Teacher system started in 2004. Nutrition teachers are to play the roles of teachers on food and nutrition education in addition to managers of foodservice operations in schools. Nutrition teachers are expected to have effects on school nutrition programs by providing meal service together with nutrition education. And so, significant effort is needed from both academia and the field to raise the related nutritional issues. © 2015, Center for Academic Publications Japan. All rights reserved. Source

Shintaku H.,Osaka City University | Ohwada M.,Kagawa Nutrition University
Brain and Development | Year: 2013

Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficiency is a rare, congenital and lethal condition resulting in phenylalanine build-up that can lead to mental retardation and developmental defects, unless properly treated. About 1 million newborn infants in Japan undergo neonatal PKU screening every year, of which about 1 in 2 million are diagnosed with the condition. In this post-marketing surveillance study, 19 patients with BH4 deficiency in whom BH4 supplementation with sapropterin dihydrochloride (Biopten®) (hereafter referred to as 'BH4 therapy') was initiated before the age of 4years, were followed up for ≤28years. Patients who screened positive for BH4 deficiency were treated with supplemental BH4 plus L-dopa and 5-hydroxytryptophan. Data on the patients' clinical courses were collected once yearly at 10 medical centers in Japan. Seventeen patients were diagnosed with 6-pyruvoyl tetrahydropterin synthase deficiency and two with dihydropteridine reductase deficiency at an average age of 3.6months; the mean age at end of follow-up was 14.6years. Average duration of BH4 therapy (mean dose, 5mg/kg per day) was 13.2years. Serum phenylalanine was reduced from more than 10mg/dL at the start of drug administration to less than 2mg/dL at end of follow-up. No abnormalities in height or weight were observed in any patients, except for one female patient with familial obesity. No unwarranted side effects were reported throughout the long-term course of treatment, even during pregnancy. BH4 therapy can effectively maintain serum phenylalanine levels within the normal range in patients with BH4 deficiency, and demonstrated excellent long-term safety, with no side effects. © 2012 The Japanese Society of Child Neurology. Source

Uenishi K.,Kagawa Nutrition University
Clinical calcium | Year: 2012

Diabetic patients are prone to fracture, even when their bone mineral density (BMD) is high, suggesting that BMD is not exclusive factor for bone health. Bone strength is determined by BMD and bone quality, the latter of which could influence fracture risk in diabetic patients. Calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K are essential for increasing and/or maintaining BMD. Vitamin B group and C, which contribute to maintain bone quality, are also important. Intake of these mineral and vitamins under controlling energy consumption plays a key role for bone health. Source

Yamamoto S.,Kagawa Nutrition University
Clinical calcium | Year: 2010

About 60% of magnesium in human body is present in the skeleton. Various foods are containing magnesium. The major sources are foods of plant origin like grain, vegetable and pulse. EAR (estimated average requirement) and RDA (recommended dietary allowance) are set for age 1 year or over in Japan. There may be a large number of people who have inadequate intake of magnesium judging by the results of the national nutrition survey. Adequate intakes of magnesium and also other nutrients related bone health are desired. Source

Kawabata T.,Kagawa Nutrition University
Nihon eiseigaku zasshi. Japanese journal of hygiene | Year: 2011

Previous data have indicated that the erythrocyte membrane may be the preferred sample type for assessing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA) contents in cardiac and cerebral membranes. In this epidemiological study, we examined whether plasma phospholipids can be used for accurate biological monitoring of the LCPUFA state or whether analysis of erythrocyte membrane phospholipids is indispensable. (1) The analysis of LCPUFA contents in erythrocyte membrane phospholipids was conducted at baseline and after 1 and 3 days at 4°C, and 21 days at -40°C, after blood drawing, and the changes in LCPUFA content were examined. (2) The LCPUFA compositions of plasma and erythrocyte phospholipids in 133 young women (18-30 years old) were examined and the relationships between the sample type and the levels of LCPUFAs were determined. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and DHA/arachidonic acid (AA) and (EPA+DHA)/AA ratios in erythrocyte membrane phospholipids after 21 days of blood drawing significantly decreased compared with the corresponding baseline data. Regarding AA, EPA and DHA, a significant positive correlation was shown between levels of erythrocyte membrane phospholipids and plasma phospholipids (AA, r=0.364; EPA, r=0.709; DHA, r=0.653). The predictive value of plasma phospholipids for determining the highest concentration quartile in erythrocyte phospholipids was better in EPA (70%) than in DHA (55%) and AA (42%). The measurement of LCPUFA content in erythrocyte membrane phospholipids is necessary for accurate biological monitoring. We also found that LCPUFA in erythrocyte membrane phospholipids is stable in cold storage (4°C) for 3 days after blood drawing. Source

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