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Kobe City College of Nursing is a public university in Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1959, and it was chartered as a university in 1996. Wikipedia.


Ikeda S.,Tokyo Medical and Dental University | Ikeda S.,Kobe City College of Nursing | Kanoya Y.,Yamagata University | Nagata S.,Showa General Hospital
Foot | Year: 2013

Background: It has been shown that green tea polyphenols (GTP) can directly kill Trichophyton in vitro; however, there are no published clinical studies that show anti-fungal activity of GTP. Objectives: To identify the effects of GTP on interdigital tinea pedis in elderly patients. Method: Ninety-four patients with interdigital tinea pedis were enrolled and were either given a lukewarm water foot bath containing GTP or placebo treatment. Effects of GTP were assessed based on changes in the size of the affected area, the rate of recurrence, microscopy findings, and overall assessment of skin changes. Results: After 12 weeks of treatment with either GTP or placebo, a significant reduction in the size of the affected area was observed (p< 0.001). There were no significant differences between the GTP or placebo groups in the size of the affected area (p= 0.638), the recurrence rate (p= 0.172), or the microscopy findings (p= 1.000). However, the overall assessment demonstrated significant improvements (p= 0.010) in the GTP group. Conclusions: These results show that GTP was effective in improving the symptoms of tinea pedis in comparison to only lukewarm water. Our results suggest that GTP could have anti-fungal activity. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Futatsugi A.,National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research | Futatsugi A.,Kobe City College of Nursing | Utreras E.,National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research | Rudrabhatla P.,U.S. National Institutes of Health | And 3 more authors.
Cell Cycle | Year: 2012

Recent studies have shown the involvement of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) in cell cycle regulation in postmitotic neurons. In this study, we demonstrate that Cdk5 and its co-activator p35 were detected in the nuclear fraction in neurons and Cdk5/p35 phosphorylated retinoblastoma (Rb) protein, a key protein controlling cell cycle re-entry. Cdk5/ p35 phosphorylates Rb at the sites similar to those phosphorylated by Cdk4 and Cdk2. Furthermore, increased Cdk5 activity elevates activity of E2F transcription factor, which can trigger cell cycle re-entry, leading to neuronal cell death. A normal Cdk5 activity in neurons did not induce E2F activation, suggesting that Cdk5 does not induce cell cycle re-entry under normal conditions. Taken together, these results indicate that Cdk5 can regulate cell cycle by its ability to phosphorylate Rb. Most importantly, increased Cdk5 activity induces cell cycle re-entry, which is especially detrimental for survival of postmitotic neurons. © 2012 Landes Bioscience. Source


Cheung K.,Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Ishihara I.,Kobe City College of Nursing | Lai G.K.B.,Hong Kong Association of Occupational Health Nurses | June K.J.,Soonchunhyang University
Workplace Health and Safety | Year: 2012

This article provides a brief overview of the effect of economic globalization on Asia, presents occupational health issues from select countries, and discusses challenges and opportunities for occupational health nurses. Copyright © American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. Source


Aihara Y.,Kobe City College of Nursing | Shrestha S.,Yamanashi University | Kazama F.,Yamanashi University | Nishida K.,Yamanashi University
Water Policy | Year: 2015

Water security is one of the central global issues today. This study aimed to describe and test the validity and reliability of a household water insecurity scale, and to assess the impact of household water insecurity on psychological distress among 371 women living in urban Nepal. A household interview survey was conducted using a structured questionnaire. Approximately 70% of the participants experienced collecting less water than they needed. Four domains of household water insecurity emerged from the principal components factor analysis: (i) difficulties in house-work related to water, (ii) lost opportunity costs and social interactions related to water, (iii) an insufficient safe water supply, and (iv) difficulties in basic activities related to water. Multivariate regression analysis showed that the domains of 'lost opportunity costs and social interactions', 'difficulties in house-work' and 'difficulties in basic activities' were associated with psychological distress among women. The impact of household water insecurity on psychological distress differed by water supply service levels. The current household water insecurity scale is a simple instrument which can be used to prioritise the target population for water interventions. Further research should be conducted towards the development of a universally applicable measurement tool. © 2015 IWA Publishing. Source


Miki Y.,Tokyo International University | Gregg M.F.,Kobe City College of Nursing | Arimoto A.,University of Tokyo | Nagata S.,University of Tokyo | Murashima S.,University of Tokyo
Japan Journal of Nursing Science | Year: 2012

Aim: The purpose of this study was to examine the current state and issues of doctoral nursing programs from the perspective of recipients of the educational process. Methods: All 46 doctoral nursing programs in Japan in 2008 were asked to participate in this study and 28 programs agreed to participate. The questionnaire had 3 sections that evaluated the quality of doctoral education, which are 17 items on the program features, 12 items on the quality of faculty, and 9 items on resources. Results: The questionnaire was distributed to 304 graduate students and 127 students returned by mail. Most of the students agreed that the program goal and curriculum were consistent with the philosophy and mission of the university. The quality of the faculty and of the resources, such as library and computing facilities, were highly rated, while faculty mentorship and support staff for student research were viewed as areas for improvement. Only 30% of the students reported that a periodic assessment of the doctoral program was available in the university, and even when such an assessment did exist, students and graduates were not often involved in the program evaluation. Conclusions: To improve the quality of doctoral nursing education in Japan, there is an urgent need for faculty development and the provision of research support services for faculty and students including more technical and support staff. Furthermore, it is imperative to conduct periodic evaluation of doctoral nursing programs in Japan. © 2011 Japan Academy of Nursing Science. Source

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