Health

J-Sei event addresses aging issues in Japanese American community

ALAMEDA, Calif. — J-Sei, formerly Japanese American Services of the East Bay, held its “Sansei! Are you prepared to live to 100?” event as part of its “J-Sei Saturday Morning Series on Oct. 9 at the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, Calif. The event — which brought together a panel of specialists in […]

Fundraiser raises awareness of colon cancer

People never expect their family vacations to end with a stay in the hospital. This, however, was the case for the Osaki family. “The day we found out he had cancer was actually on his discharge day [for an emergency appendectomy],” said Paul Osaki, describing the experience of his older brother Glenn. More than 200 […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Livin’ with Diabetes

I attended the recent 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Orlando, Fla. While I mainly attended symposia involving medication treatment updates (I didn’t attend any nutrition symposia), it was still sobering to see that the incidence of diabetes is still on the rise. For instance, more than 4,300 new cases of diabetes […]

Overcoming Osteoporosis

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Masaye Mitsunaga accidentally fell and injured her lower back while getting out of bed one morning last May. The Sunnyvale woman, then 97, was believed to have hit the metal frame of her bed. The following day, the pain in her lower back was so severe that she was unable to move […]

Osteoporosis Higher Among Asian American Women

Asian American women are at higher risk for osteoporosis, national statistics show. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 20 percent of Asian American women older than age 50 are estimated to have the bone disease. Bob Nishime, a doctor in San Jose’s Japantown, said that Asian American women are particularly susceptible to osteoporosis. “It’s […]

Grouping All Asians Together Could Be Bad For Health

Asian Americans as a group are half as likely as non-Hispanic whites to die from heart disease. But Native Hawaiians are 40 percent more apt to suffer from heart disease than whites. That’s just one example of a health threat that gets lost when all Asians are statistically blended into the category “Asian Americans, Native […]

Yu-Ai Kai Cancer Forum Aims to Raise Awareness

SAN JOSE — Susan Shinagawa was just 34 years old when she received the devastating news after battling to convince her doctor to give her a biopsy — that she had breast cancer. “The doctor said I was too young and that Asian American women don’t get breast cancer,” said Shinagawa, who spoke as part […]

A Community of Caregivers – In Times of Need, Family Members and Agencies Provide Welcome Support

Often called the “silent population,” the number of seniors, as well as those with Alzheimer’s disease, is rapidly increasing. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the numbers of Asian Pacific Islanders with the disease, a kind of dementia that is associated with memory loss, will almost triple between 2009-2030, from about 72,075 to 194,266. In the […]

Taking Heart: Japanese American Medical Student Develops iPhone Application to Study Heart Murmurs

When Michael “Fuj” Fujinaka started medical school two years ago he received a stethoscope. But he was not taught how to use it until his third year of school. “Basically every medical student uses a stethoscope. But you don’t learn how to use it until your third year,” said the Stockton, Calif. native, who is […]

Breast Cancer Survivor – A Symbol of Hope

As Goldman Sachs Japan Co. managing director, Kathy Matsui tries to “give good advice to investors regarding Japan’s stock market economy — where it’s going and where to invest.” While Matsui is an expert in her field, having been voted top strategist by Institutional Investor in 2000, 2001, and 2006, her road to success was […]

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