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Mimasaka University is a private university in Tsuyama, Okayama, Japan. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1915. In 1951, it was chartered as a junior college in 1951 and became a women's college in 1967. In 2003 it became a co-ed college. Wikipedia.


Mochimasu K.D.,Mimasaka University | Mochimasu K.D.,Kagawa University | Miyatake N.,Kagawa University | Hase A.,Kagawa University
Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine | Year: 2016

Objective: The purpose of the present pilot study was to investigate the link between diet and mental health in female university students enrolled in a training course for registered dietitians. Subjects and methods: A total of 62 female university students, with a mean age of 18.79 ± 0.45 years, participated in this cross-sectional study. Diet surveys were performed using the brief-type self-administered diet history questionnaire (BDHQ). Mental health was also evaluated using the general health questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12), which was the shortest form and clinically available. Lifestyles such as physical activity levels were also evaluated. Results: The mean energy intake was 1379 ± 575 kcal and the mean GHQ score was 3.11 ± 2.41. Among nutrients, vegetable fat and sucrose showed a weak positive correlation with the GHQ scores. Among food groups, potatoes, fats and oils, and confectioneries also showed a weak positive correlation with the GHQ scores. A multiple regression analysis showed that the confectioneries were the determining factor for the GHQ scores. Conclusion: Proper education concerning their diets and reducing confectioneries in their daily lives might be beneficial for the mental health of female university students. © 2016 The Japanese Society for Hygiene Source


Nakamura M.,Japan Food Research Laboratories | Furumi Y.,Japan Food Research Laboratories | Watanabe F.,Japan Food Research Laboratories | Mizukoshi K.,Japan Food Research Laboratories | And 2 more authors.
Journal of the Food Hygienic Society of Japan | Year: 2011

A simple and reliable liquid chromatographic-tandem mass spectrometric(LC-MS/MS)method was developed for carbendazim (MBC),thiophanate (TE),thiophanate-methyl(TM) and benomyl (BM) in agricultural products. These compounds were extracted from agricultural products with methanol after addition ofsodium L-ascorbate. BM was hydrolyzed to MBC during the extraction with methanol.TE and TM were cyclized to ethyl 2-benzimidazole carbamate (EBC) and MBC by refluxing at 120°C for 30 min with copper acetate in 50% acetic acid. MBC and EBC were cleaned up by an n-hexane wash and extraction with ethyl acetate and determined by LC-MS/MS. The mean recoveries from 10 agricultural products were in the range of 75.8-100.0%, and the relative standarddeviations of 5 experiments were in the range of 1.5-9.2% at concentrationsequal to the maximum residue limits (MRLs). The calibration curves were made by using commercial MBC and EBC as reference analytical standards withoutrefluxing. The quantification limits were 0.01 mg/kg (as MBC), whichis the uniform limit in the positive list system foragricultural chemical residuesin foods in Japan. Source


Nishii M.,Kyoto Prefecture Agriculture Experiment Station | Yasutomi M.,Kyoto Prefecture Agriculture Experiment Station | Sone Y.,Mimasaka University
Journal of Poultry Science | Year: 2015

To examine the inhibitory effect of whole grain paddy rice diet (WPR) feeding on the colonization of Campylobacter jejuni in the cecum of broiler chicks, we performed the following examination. Sixty female broiler chicks (14 days of age) were allocated into two groups, thirty birds were fed a ground corn diet (GC) as a control group, and 30 chicks were fed WPR as an examination group. After feeding with the different diets for 16 days, six chicks were selected from each group(12 chicks in total), and each chick was inoculated with 2×103 colony-forming units of C. jejuni GTC03263. Forty-eight hours after the bacterial inoculation (the birds continued to be fed with the corresponding diets after the bacterial inoculation), the chicks (six from each group) were killed and dissected to detect bacterial colonization in the cecum. The other six chicks were dissected to weigh the chick gizzard and to measure the pH of its contents. No bacterial colonization was observed in the cecum of chicks in the WPR group, whereas bacteria were found in the cecum of five of six chicks in the GC group. The average ratios of gizzard weight to body weight of the WPR-fed chicks was significantly higher than that of the GC-fed chicks, whereas the average pH value of the gizzard contents was not different between the two groups. These results suggest that WPR feeding in broiler chicks has a positive effect on development of the gizzard muscle and grinding activity of the gizzard. Increased grinding activity may eliminate the regional differences in pH within the gizzard, resulting in less bacterial survival in the gizzard and then less bacterial colonization in the cecum of WPR-fed chicks than in GC-fed chicks. © 2015, Japan Poultry Science Association. Source


Kataoka H.,Kagawa University | Mochimasu K.D.,Kagawa University | Mochimasu K.D.,Mimasaka University | Katayama A.,Kagawa University | And 4 more authors.
Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine | Year: 2015

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the linkage among climate parameters, total ambulance transports and the number of deaths in Asahikawa City in northern Japan.Methods: Monthly data on total ambulance transports and the number of deaths from January 2004 to December 2011 were obtained from Asahikawa City Fire Department and the Asahikawa City official website. Climate parameters for the required period were also obtained from the Japan Meteorological Agency, Japan. To adjust for the population, we also used monthly population data on Asahikawa City. The linkage among climate parameters, total ambulance transports and the number of deaths was evaluated by ecological analysis.Results: The mean air temperature in the Asahikawa area was 7.3 ± 10.1 °C. Total ambulance transports (/a hundred thousand people/day) and the number of deaths (/a hundred thousand people/day) were 10.0 ± 0.6 and 2.6 ± 0.3, respectively. Using quadratic curves, total ambulance transports and the number of deaths were weakly correlated with some climate parameters. The number of deaths was weakly and positively correlated with total ambulance transports.Conclusion: A weak linkage among climate parameters, total ambulance transports and the number of deaths was noted in Asahikawa City, Japan. However, these associations were not as high as expected. © 2014, The Japanese Society for Hygiene. Source


Mochimasu K.D.,Mimasaka University | Mochimasu K.D.,Kagawa University | Miyatake N.,Kagawa University | Tanaka N.,Kagawa University | Kinoshita H.,Kagawa University
Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine | Year: 2014

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the linkage among ambulance transports, the number of death and air temperature in Takamatsu area, Japan. Methods: Monthly data of ambulance transports (total and acute disease) and the number of death from 2004 to 2012 were obtained from Fire Department Service in Takamatsu and Takamatsu city official website, Japan. Climate parameters for required period were also obtained from Japan Meteorological Agency. Population data in Takamatsu area were also used to adjust ambulance transports and the number of death. The linkage among ambulance transports, the number of death and climate parameters was evaluated by ecological analysis. Results: Total ambulance transports (/a hundred thousand people/day) and ambulance transports due to acute disease (/a hundred thousand people/day) were 12.3 ± 0.9 and 6.8 ± 0.7, respectively. The number of death (/a hundred thousand people/day) was 2.5 ± 0.4. By quadratic curve, ambulance transports due to acute disease and the number of death were significantly correlated with the parameters of air temperature. However, the number of death was the highest in January and the lowest in August. Conclusion: Although higher air temperature was only associated with higher ambulance transports, lower air temperature was associated with both higher ambulance transports and the number death in Takamatsu area, Japan. © 2014 The Japanese Society for Hygiene. Source

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