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Niigata-shi, Japan

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Niigata-shi, Japan
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Hyodo K.,University of Miyazaki | Nakamura K.,Niigata University | Oyama M.,Niigata University | Yamazaki O.,Niigata Prefectural Government | And 4 more authors.
Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine | Year: 2010

A devastating earthquake causes psychological distress, and may increase suicide mortality thereafter, yet previous studies have made inconsistent conclusions regarding this issue. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether the 2004 Niigata-Chuetsu earthquake in Japan affected long-term mortality from suicide. We conducted a comparative study of suicide mortality rates during the 5-year period preceding and the 3-year period following the earthquake in the disaster area and a control area in Niigata Prefecture, by analyzing death certificate data from October 1, 1999, to September 30, 2007. In men, baseline suicide mortality rates (5 years preceding the earthquake) were 48.4 per 100,000 person-years in the disaster area and 46.1 in the control area, and suicide mortality rates during the 3-year period following the earthquake were 46.0 and 45.1, respectively. In women, baseline suicide mortality rates were 22.3 in the disaster area and 18.7 in the control area, and post-earthquake suicide mortality rates were 20.2 and 15.3, respectively. In consequence, the decrease in suicide mortality rate during the 3 years postearthquake was significantly higher in the disaster area (2.5) than in the control area (1.0) (p = 0.0013) in men, whereas the decrease in suicide mortality rate was 2.1 in the disaster area and 3.0 in the control area (p = 0.1246) in women. We have concluded that the long-term mortality from suicide after the earthquake decreases in men and increases in women, suggesting that post-earthquake suicide mortality is sexdependent. Post-earthquake suicide prevention strategies should more aggressively target women. © 2010 Tohoku University Medical Press.


Azumaa T.,Niigata University | Seki N.,Niigata University | Tanabe N.,Niigata University | Saito R.,Niigata University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Hypertension | Year: 2010

Objective Major disasters can affect the health status of the victims. However, the effects on the health status of those involved in disaster relief operations are unclear. The aim of this study was to clarify how disaster-related administrative workloads affect the cardiovascular risk factors of local governmental staff. Methods A big earthquake struck the central area of Niigata Prefecture, Japan, in October 2004. Thereafter, the Niigata Prefectural Government was engaged in intensive disaster relief operations until March 2005. We compared the changes in the cardiovascular risk factor measurements of 4035 governmental staff members across this period in terms of their workloads due to the relief operations. Results Compared with the staff having the lowest workloads, those with the highest workloads showed significantly greater increases of BMI, systolic blood pressure (SPB) and serum total cholesterol for men as wel as SBP and diastolic blood pressure for women even after cessation of the intensive operations. They had an approximately two-fold higher risk of SBP elevation by 10 mmHg than those with the lowest workloads; the age-adjusted odds ratio (95% confidence interval) was 2.02 (1.47-2.79) for men and 1.82 (1.21-2.75) for women. Conclusion Workloads during disaster relief operations can cause prolonged worsening of blood pressure levels and some other cardiovascular risk factors among local governmental staff. Therefore, when a disaster occurs, health management should be considered not only for the victims, but also for the local governmental staff. © 2010 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Ogawa Y.,Niigata Prefectural Government | Tanabe N.,Niigata University | Honda A.,Niigata Prefectural Government | Honda A.,Niigata University | And 4 more authors.
Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine | Year: 2011

Objectives Point-of-purchase (POP) information at food stores could help promote healthy dietary habits. However, it has been difficult to evaluate the effects of such intervention on customers' behavior. We objectively evaluated the usefulness of POP health information for vegetables in the modification of customers' purchasing behavior by using the database of a point-of-sales (POS) system. Methods Two supermarket stores belonging to the same chain were assigned as the intervention store (store I) and control store (store C). POP health information for vegetables was presented in store I for 60 days. The percent increase in daily sales of vegetables over the sales on the same date of the previous year was compared between the stores by using the database of the POS system, adjusting for the change in monthly visitors from the previous year (adjusted Dsales). Results The adjusted Dsales significantly increased during the intervention period (Spearman's q = 0.258, P for trend = 0.006) at store I but did not increase at store C (q = -0.037, P for trend = 0.728). The growth of the mean adjusted Dsales of total vegetables from 30 days before the intervention period through the latter half of the intervention period was estimated to be greater at store than at store C by 18.7 percentage points (95% confidence interval 1.6-35.9). Conclusions Health-related POP information for vegetables in supermarkets can encourage customers to purchase and, probably, consume vegetables. © The Japanese Society for Hygiene 2011.


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Niigata Prefectural Government | Date: 2016-03-04

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Type: Evaluation Studies | Journal: Environmental health and preventive medicine | Year: 2011

Point-of-purchase (POP) information at food stores could help promote healthy dietary habits. However, it has been difficult to evaluate the effects of such intervention on customers behavior. We objectively evaluated the usefulness of POP health information for vegetables in the modification of customers purchasing behavior by using the database of a point-of-sales (POS) system.Two supermarket stores belonging to the same chain were assigned as the intervention store (storeI) and control store (storeC). POP health information for vegetables was presented in storeI for 60days. The percent increase in daily sales of vegetables over the sales on the same date of the previous year was compared between the stores by using the database of the POS system, adjusting for the change in monthly visitors from the previous year (adjusted sales).The adjusted sales significantly increased during the intervention period (Spearmans =0.258, P for trend=0.006) at storeI but did not increase at storeC (=-0.037, P for trend=0.728). The growth of the mean adjusted sales of total vegetables from 30days before the intervention period through the latter half of the intervention period was estimated to be greater at storeI than at storeC by 18.7 percentage points (95% confidence interval 1.6-35.9).Health-related POP information for vegetables in supermarkets can encourage customers to purchase and, probably, consume vegetables.

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