Health

HUMANITARIAN MISSION: Doctors make biennial medical visit to hibakusha

As part of the ongoing dedication to hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombings during World War II, the 18th biennial medical examinations of American survivors of Japanese and Korean descent was held on July 16 and 17 at the Sister Mary Philippa Health Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center San Francisco. Since 1977, the Hiroshima […]

COPING WITH KIDNEY FAILURE: Retired San Jose teacher seeks donor

A mother, retired school teacher and caretaker to those around her, Robin Ohara is as giving as she is compassionate. Now in her greatest time of need, however, those closest to her are unable to give her what she needs the most: a kidney transplant. Today, more than 26 million Americans over the age of […]

The many uses and benefits of soy

From a fresh edamame to even an aged, fermented bean, soybeans in every form have been lauded as a health superfood for centuries. Packed with proteins and antioxidants, it comes as no surprise that it’s often considered a near-perfect food, nutritionally. It’s the only non-meat food known to have all nine amino acids needed for […]

Soy to the world: Small businesses explore varied tastes, textures

Megumi Natto   It’s sticky, stringy and it’s stinky (but in a good way). Like the ripest of natto will shock people initially, but reward those that don’t shy away from it with its depth of flavor and multiple health benefits. Often found on a Japanese sushi maki menu, if you haven’t heard of it […]

Increase in HIV contraction in APIs, especially among women

HIV and AIDS may often be associated with the homosexual male demographic, but ethnic minority awareness groups are bringing light to the increasing rise in HIV infection in an unexpected minority group — heterosexual Asian and Pacific Islander women. May 19 marked the seventh annual National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Awareness efforts […]

Bill Gates Foundation’s Tachi Yamada to step down as global health president

SEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Feb. 14 that Dr. Tachi Yamada will retire as president of the Global Health Program, a position he held for five years. “Tachi has done a great job of focusing our ability to create and deliver vaccines and other interventions to the people who need them […]

An Urgent Plea for Bone Marrow Donors: You could be the one to save a life

There have been many recent victories in sports and politics (e.g. my hometown San Francisco Giants winning the World Series; Jean Quan elected the first Asian American and female mayor of Oakland), but a real victory would be finding a bone marrow donor match for my dear friend, Sheri, and others (Asians and other ethnic […]

Challenges and solutions of family caregiving

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Two years ago, Kay Yatabe saw signs that her aging father needed help around his home. He fell often and seemed confused. Yatabe realized that he required round-the-clock care that she could not provide by herself. Yet she also did not have the heart to move him to a care facility. “I […]

Family spreads awareness about bone marrow disorder that threatens son’s life

Chris Ishida had planned to be in Southern California right now. The 19-year-old freshman should be enrolled in his second semester at Pitzer College, working at his part-time job, and hanging out with his new friends in the Asian Pacific American Coalition on campus. Instead, he’s back home in Chicago’s northern suburbs, fighting for his […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The Japanese longevity letdown

Another year passes, and at this point, I wonder how many more years I have left. Sheer longevity seems like an absurd goal, and I am not interested in living to be 100. I’m told that natto and macha and seaweed will give me health and long life, but I am dubious about these claims, […]

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