Symposium gTokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic gamesh
All Japan-Enthusiastic movement toward gFestival and Cultureh was held on November 29 (Thu) afternoon.
Illumination aound the venue, Nihonbashi, Tokyo
The 29th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Clinical Sports Medicine
Date: November 2nd (Fri) - 3rd (Sat)
Venue: Sapporo Convention Center. The theme was gContribution toward the futureh
[The guest speakerfs lecture]
gAthlete Centred Olympic Physiotherapy Services Key Criteria and Best Practiceh.
Dr. Marie-Elaine Grant, PT Ph.D.
International Olympic Committee, Medical and Scientific Commission, Lausanne, Switzerland/University College Dublin, Institute of Sport and Health, UCD, Dublin, Ireland.
[Abstract in brief]
The protection of the health of the Olympic athlete is the core objective of the IOC Medical Commission. During the Olympic Games the main venue for medical service provision is the polyclinic, located in the Olympic village. At previous Olympic Games physiotherapy and physical and physical therapies services have been seen to be in high demand, providing treatment, rehabilitation, injury prevention and recovery services for athletes, the Olympic family staff and volunteers.
With increasing emphasis on prevention of injury and optimal support of the Olympic athlete, the role of physiotherapy is now widely recognized as being an essential part of the sports medicine team and the athletefs support structure. The Olympic Games provides a global platform for sports physiotherapists, it is an exciting challenging and very valuable opportunity for physiotherapists who form part of the host nationfs Physiotherapy team and for many proves to be an experience of a lifetime.
This presentation aims to provide a better understanding of the athlete requirement of the physiotherapy and physical therapies services at the Olympic Village Polyclinic and competition venues at the time of Olympic Competition. This discussion will be based on the scientific evidence base, experience gained and data collection from previous Olympic Games. Including, key criteria which must be considered in order to effectively deliver services which are in line with best practice.
"Radial shockwave therapy, proved efficacy in daily practice"
BVBA Kinekabinet Vrijiders,Bert Vrijders.
[abstract, partially extracted]
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has been successfully used for over 20 years to manage a variety of orthopedic conditions. As a byproduct of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), ESWT has emerged as an acceptable and popular non-invasive management option for tendon and other pathologies of the musculoskeletal system. This upcoming popularity of extracorporeal shockwave takes part of the worldwide intention for using less invasive, non-surgical alternatives for the treatment of musculoskeletal indication.
Two types of technical principles are usually included in ESWT: focused ESWT (fESWT) and radial pressure waves (rSWT). These 2 technologies differ with respect to their generation devices, physical characteristics, and mechanism of action but share several indications. Especially radial shock wave is studied and used intensively throughout the world. rSWT not needing anaesteshia and fewer ultrasound guiding for correct targeting during treatment as well as needing less concomitant investigations, being well tolerated and being more cost efficient than fSWT. Conditions treated may need more treatments with RSWT. Scientific evidence proves that both rESWT and fESWT are comparable with respect to treatment outcomes. Clinical practice and scientific literature keep evolving towards better, more precise treatment parameters. Based on these insights, the exact indication (sports-related?) and the acutuality degree of the lesion the practitioner has to develop a tailor made intervention strategy for the patient.
The 29th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Clinical Sports Medicine at Sapporo Convention Center.
Ms. Mori's Special seminar (#4) [To improve medical/healthcare interpreting skills]
It was held on November 16 (Fri) at Iidaba shi, Tokyo Volunteer Center. The theme was "Orthopedics, Bones and Joints (1)". She prepared a lot of materials as usual inorde to confirme and review medical terms related to the skeletal and muscular system. And also we did a practical interpreting role-play between two people .
November-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
11/7 (Wed) morning-Iidabashi, 11/12 (Mon) morning-Fujisawa, 11/15 (Thu) nighttime-Iidabashi, 11/18 (Sun) afternoon-Sapporo, and 11/ 21 (Wed) morning-Yokohama were held respectively. Warm-up CDs for listening practice were gNew edition of dictionary reflects social changeh and gDisaster preparedness drill held for foreigners in Tokyoh. Lesson 11 was Patient Discharge, Dialog (1) " Instruction before discharge" and Dialog (2) "instruction on diet after discharge", Chapter 11 was about "urology / otorhinolaryngology / obstetrics / gynecology". Medical terms were as follows; nose bleeding among children, hemophilia, sickle-cell trait, cesarean-section (C-section), and fibrosis (uterine myoma).
November-Sports/Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
11/9 (Fri) nighttime-Iidabashi, 11/14 (Wed) morning-Iidabashi, 11/16 (Fri) morning-Fujisawa, and 11/18 (Sun) afternoon-Sapporo wereheld respectively. Warm-up CDs for listening practice were (1) gOhtani hits first MLB homerh, (2) gOlympic wrestling; basics and rulesh, and gDo you know what sumo is like?h. Also we used one of the materials as a role-play gvolunteers supporting at the judo eventh. International exchange communication practice for every day conversation was "(9) small talk keeping communication". Healthcare management communication practice was "(9) occupational Health Nursing". The words and phrasese focused on were mental health, lifestyle-related diseases, work adjustment, passive smoking, and asbestos-related lung cancer. Pole-Play practice were about gAt the healthcare counseling room; about sleeping problemh.
The 80th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hematology
It was held on October 12-14 in Osaka.
[1 ] Tyrosine Kinase as a therapeutic target in hematologic malignancies.
Itaru Matsumura (Department of Hematology and Rheumatology, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine, Japan).
--- Tyrosine kinases (TKs) are enzymes that transfer a phosphate group from ATP onto tyrosine residue of the downstream substrates as signaling molecules.
@Point mutations and chromosomal translocation that cause activating mutations of THs have been identified in hematologic malignancies as well as in solid tumors; These mutant TKs cause various types of malignancies and/or critically influence their disease characteristics as driver mutations. Thus, a number of drug that target mutant THS have been developed and now widely utilized in daily practice. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is caused by a BCR-ABL fusion gene, which is generated by the chromosomal translocation t(9;22) (q34;q11). The prognosis of CML has greatly been improved by tyrosine kinase inhibitors. (TKIs).
@Most patients treated with TKI donft progress and remain in chronic phase as far as they continue TKI treatment. Although TKIs are unable to kill CML stem cells in vitro, we found tht the number of CML stem cells gradually decrease during TKI treatment using CML specific markers such as CD125 and CD225.
 Advancements in tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy for chronic myeloid leukemia: a path to treatment-free remission.
Naoto Takahashi (Hematol., Akita University, Akita, Japan).
--- Treatment-free remission (TFR) is proposed as a new goal in the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI). Indeed, prospective trials suggest that imatinib therapy can be successfully discontinued in patients with CML who have maintained a deep molecular response (DMR). @@ @@@According to the results of clinical trials, the TFR survival range was 40-65% in the STIM1 trial, TWISTER study, and JALSG STIM213. Moreover, a second-generation TKI (2G-TKI) that followed imatinib was also successfully discontinued. Although the TFR trials showed that some CML patients could successfully stop TKI, unfortunately, a significant population of patients experienced molecular recurrences. Moreover, some patients achieved major molecular response (MMR) but not DMR, which is the first milestone for TFR, even during long TKI treatments. Now the third generation TKI is ponatinib.
@Although vascular adverse events (VAEs) are known complications of ponatinib, the risk of VAEs depends on the ponatinib dosage. TRF is possible in general practice as the new goal for many CML patients in the future.
 A possible role of tumor immunity against chronic myeloid leukemia cells from the viewpoint of BCR-ABL1ttyrosinekinase inhibitor discontinuation trials.
Jun Imagawa (Higashihiroshima Medical Center, Hiroshima, Jaapan) .
--- The latest data from imatinib discontinuation trials have shown that TFR could be steadily maintained for almost 10 years, leading to substantial clinical benefits, such as reduction in medical expenses as well as in the long-term adverse effects caused by TKI treatment. However, the resistance or intolerance to imatinib is quite common, meaning that many patients need to switch to second-line therapy. The Dasatinib Discontinuation (DADI) trial was conducted to investigate whether second-line dasatinib following imatinib can be safely discontinued after at least 1 year of DMR. The clonal T and NK cell expansion induced by dasatinib was shown to correlate closely with a favorable therapeutic response.
@In the DADI trial, a high NK cell count during dasatinib treatment was significantly associated with successful TFR. NK cell-based immune surveillance appears to play an inimportant role in the cytotoxic activity against CML cells. The control of CML cells after TKI discontinuation may be determined by the balance between the growth kinetics of CML cells and tumor immunity against CML cells. Employing new approaches targeting specific immune cells would enable more CML patients to achieve TFR.
 Ex vivo platelet production from induced pluripotent
Naoshi SUGIMOTO, Koji ETO
Department of Clinical Application, Center ffor iPC Research and Appliction (CiRA), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
Key words: iPS cells, Platelet, Megakaryocyte cell line, Clinical application.
---Platelet transfusion products derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) hve been pursued as a blood donor-independent and genetically manipulative measure to complement or as an alternative to current platelet products.
@Platelets are enucleate blood cells indispensable for hemostasis. Thus, platelet transfusions have been clinically established to treat patients with severe thrombocytopenia. However, current blood products face issues in the balance of supply and demand, alloimmune responses, and infections and are expected to meet the shortage of donors in aging society. iPSc-derived platelet products are qualitatively and quantitatively approaching a clinically applicable level, owing to advances ans novel findings in expandable megakaryocyte cell lines, turbulence-incorporating bioreactors, and reagents that enable feeder cell-free production and improve platelet quality.
@Currently, the establishment of guideline to assure the quality of iPSC-derived blood products for clinical application is in process. Considering the low risk of tumorigenicity and the large demand, ex vivo production of iPSC-derived platelets could lead to iPSC-based regenerative medicine becoming a common clinical practice and the development of a future system in which anyone can safely receive a platelet transfusion in their time of need.
Special Seminar "Sports and Volunteering" by Dr. OZAKI
It was held on October 4th (Thu), 19:00-20:30 at the Iidabashi, Tokyo Volunteer Center.
Dr. Daiya OZAKIiMD. , Ph.D.) gave us a lecture about "Sports & Volunteering in the Olympic and Paralympic Games".
Almost half of the participants of the special seminar on 10/4.
Dr. Ozaki is a person in the center of the back row. Dr. Mido is a person in the center of the front rrow.
Simulation a guided walking with wearing special eye glasses and holding a white stick.
October-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
10/9 (Tue) Iidabashi ?morning, 10/11 (Thu) Iidabashi ?nighttime, 10/15 (Mon) Fujisawa-morning, 10/24 (Wed) Yokohama-morning, and 10/28 (Sun) Sapporo-morning/Afternoon were held respectively. Warm-up CDs for listening practice were "Nobel Awards" and "Alzheimerfs Disease". The color orange is a symbol color of Alzheimerfs Disease. September is a month of World Alzheimerfs Disease. Lesson 10 was about urinary catheterization (1) (2). Chapter 10 was about cardiology / neurosurgery / neurology.
October-Sports/Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
10/16 (Tue) Iidabashi-morning, 10/18 (Thu) Iidabashi-nighttime, 10/19 (Fri) Fujisawa-morning, and 10/28 (Sun) Sapporo-Aternoon were held respectively. The everyday conversation of "International cultural exchange and support" was "volunteering and circle activitie", including how to spend onefs spare time and hobby. Also we did review, substitution practicesasin during a pair-work. Healthcare management was about "community healthcare and home medical care". Warm-up CDs were "Healthier Fast Food" and "shooting event", including basics and an athlete's episode. a topic was "volunteers in the medical support team" as a dialog reading practice. We learned the most important rules such as what to do as a volunteer in the medical support team.
Asahi World Forum 2018
gAsahi World Forum 2018h is the companyfs annual flagship event. It was held on September 24th/25th/ 26th in Tokyo, Japan. The main theme for 2018 is gCommitment to Future Generation --- Building a more tolerant Societyh. Domestic and overseas experts, policy makers, government officials, businesspeople and NPO members to participate in sessions to be held over three days fo in-depth ddiscussion on measurements to realize a tolerant society that overcomes conflict and discrimination Due to difference in religion, belief, race, gender, etc.This year, more subjects, including the United Nationfs 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development Goals, was deal with and considered together with the audience, what people should do in order to gleave no one behindh.
9/24 (Mon) Opening
[Remarks by Guest of Honor] Hiroki Nakanishi: Chaiman of KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation), Executive Chairman of Hitachi, Ltd.
[Lecture] Yuriko Koike: Governor of Tokyo
"Making Tokyo a Sustainable and Environmentally Progressive City"
September 24th [In Collaboration with HuffPost Japan]
Atarashii Time---Exploring Craftsmanship from Japanese and Global Perspectives. Eriko Yamaguchi: Chief Executive Officer and Chief Designer of MOTHERHOUSE Co., LTD. Eriko Yamaguchifs MOTHERHOUSE produces bags, accessories and other items in developing countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. Moderator, Ryan Takeshita (Editor in Chief, HuffPost Japan) asked her what she values in her craft work and business and explore the future of Japanfs craftsmanship.
September 25th [Panel Discussion]
Women Explore Future Innovation---What kind of Leadership Do We Need Now? Kathy Matsui (Vice Chair, Goldman Sachs, Japan Co., Ltd. Miki Iwamura (Managing Director APAC CMO Japan. Google) Haruno Yoshida (Former Adviser, BT Japan Corporation, Member for Regulation Reforming Council Co-Chair for W20 of G20 Advisory Council for Women in 2019. Japan faces the challenges of globalization and a declining population. In order to survive in the world, innovation that creates new value is indispensable. Innovation requires diversity, which should be about wide-ranging values held by people beyond gender, nationality and other attributions. Three female panelists were invited to discuss womenfs leadership from global perspectives.
September 26th [Panel Discussion] A Future Brought about by AI Speech Translation---Beyond gLanguageh and gMindh Barriers.Noriko Omori: Manager of Counseling Services for Foreigners, Ehime Prefectural International Center Eiichiro Sumita: Fellow, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Packfn Mackfn: Comedy Duo. Foreigners have increasingly become a part of the Japanese society due to its aging population and labor shortage. We Japanese thus sometimes face unexperienced glanguage barriersh. The barriers however, are becoming lower thanks to the advancement of speech translation technology using artificial Intelligence (AI). With the power of technology then, can we also overcome gmind barriersh arising from differences in cultural and social backgrounds?
Tokyo International Sports Medicine Innovation Forum
"Japan Way in Sports Medicine beyond 2020".
It was held on September 22th in Shinjyuku, Tokyo. One of the most interesting presentations was gClinical Trial about the Therapeutic Use of Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) for the Treatment of Acute Muscular Injuries in Football Playersh . The details are as follows.
[Tokyo International Sports Medicine Innovation Forum Japan Way in Sports
Medicine beyond 2020]
The concept, three gih, stands for [International], [Innovative], and [Interactive].
Establishing Safety Environment in Sports, Yutaka Saho (Sports Safety Japan, Representative).
--- Although the awareness of safety in sports has been increasing, there is no clear guideline issued in Japan. Most fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries in sports are Sudden deaths (Cardiac arrests), Head/Neck injuries, and Heat strokes. The safety environment in sports must be established by 3 pillars of actions, 1) Learning (personnel), 2) Installing (Equipment), 3) Planning (Emmergency Action Plan). Preparation is more important than reaction in emergency situation, therefore the safety environment must be established in advance regardless of the levels or types of sports.
The future prospect of arthroscopic knee surgery.
Mae Tatsuo (Osaka University Graduate school of Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery).
--- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is one of the most common injuries in the sports trauma. Ligament reconstruction is generally performed for ACL injury. Thanks to advancement in anatomical studies and improvement of instruments, reconstructive graft is biomechanically and morphologically close to the normal ACL, and furthermore, most players can return to the previous sports activity level. However, many unsolved problems remain such as graft rupture, tunnel enlargement, long sports-restricted period, graft harvest site morbidity, and muscle weakness. Some problems can be improved by brush-up of rehabilitation program and use of bone-patellar tendon-bone graft, allograft or artificial ligament completely different from the conventional ones. Now, I expect an up-coming biological break-through for graft remodeling, though there are no remedies for early return to play.
[Panel Discussion] gPRPh
Clinical trial about the therapeutic use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for the treatment of acute muscular injuries in football players.
Javier Gonzales Iglesias, Natalia Burgos, Jose Antonio Lekue, Isabel Andia Hospital de Urduliz, Athletic Club de Bilbao .
yBackgroundzOur body has the capacity to heal or improve an injury with the platelets. And every platelet has hundreds of molecules, like cytokines and growth factors, taking action in this process. Platelets Rich Plasma could promote proliferation and migration of skeletal muscle cells.
yPurposezTo evaluate the effects of PRP injection in muscle injuries. We check football players in the acute phase of hamstrings or quadriceps injuries.
yStudy designzRandomized clinical trial.
yMethodsz38 football players were included in our study, We used randomly PRP injection or a homeopathic product in muscle injuries (hamstrings or quadriceps), in the early stage (first 48-72 hours). One week later, we do a second infiltration with the same product, always ultrasound guided. 3-4 weeks after the injury, we check different variables to evaluate the ability return to play: ultrasounds for the injurie, self-perception test, muscle strength, flexibility, jump, run. Furthermore, we evaluate the pain and the recurrence rate.
yResults and conclusionzWe will show the preliminary results in the first Tokyo international Sports Medicine Innovation Forum.
Dr. Mido's Special Seminar #3 in September
We are very sorry that all the seats were immediatly reserved. Thank you for your understanding.
His special seminar was held on September 22nd (Sat), 19:00-20:30.
The title was "An Introduction to Musculoskeletal System". It included lots of information related to structures, functions, and common injuries while playing sports.
[Profile: Dr. Mido Abdelhakim, MD]
-International medical doctor at department of Plastic and reconstructive surgery of Nippon Medical School Hospital.
-Graduate of Cairo university, Egypt.
-Completed clerkship at St.Luke's international hospital, Tokyo.
-joined the graduate school of Nippon Medical School, Mechanobiology and mechanotherapy Laboratory.
-part time lecturer and Medical English and communication class instructor, NMS.
September-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson Sapporo-morning &-afternoon, respectively. . The theme of Chapter 8
9/3 (Mon) Fujisawa-morning, 9/5 (Wed) Iidabashi-morning, 9/6 (Thu) Iidabashi-nighttime, 9/18 (Tue) Yokohama-morning, 9/24 (Sun) Sapporo-morning/ -evening. Warm-up CD listening (1): gEarthquakes in Japanh. The Japanese word gShindoh or seismic intensity scale is unique to Japan. Magnitude, which is also called gRichter scaleh, and Shindo scale do not correspond to each other. Warm-up CD listening (2): gRecovering from natural disastersh. There were the triple disasters of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan in 2011. Itfs taking many northeastern Japanes communities a long time to get back on their feet. Getting things back the way they were before isnft something you can do overnight. Lesson 9 was gObservation after Operation (1) (2)h. Chapter 9 was gRespiratory System / Endocrine Systemh. (Sapporo-MELSA Medical/Healthcare) Warm-up CD listening (1): A Japanese word gUmamih roughly means gdelicious flavorh. Itfs the fifth primary taste element after sweet, sour, salty and bitter. In fact, gUmamih has become part of the English vocabulary. Soy sauce, for example, is rich in umami components. Warm-up CD listening (2): gHealthier Fast Foodh. The dish is aimed at diners who want fewer carbohydrates. One of the largest first-food restaurants has replaced the rice in certain dishes with noodles made from a high-fiber, low-calorie vegetable called konnyaku.
September-Sports & Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
9/7 (Fri) Fujisawa-morning, 9/12 (Wed) Iidabashi-morning, 9/13 (Thu) Iidabashi-nighttime, 9/24 (Sun) Sapporo-afternoon. Warm-up CD listening (1): gNew Train Driver Assumes Posth. The 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan have affected people in many different ways. For one young woman in Iwate Prefecture, the disaster was what gave her a sense of purpose in life. Witnessing the destruction, she set her mind on becoming a train driver. Warm-up CD listening (2): gEquestrianh. The basics and the rules of the game. The equestrian events is the only Olympic sport to use animals. It is also one of the fewer events where men and women compete together. Not only does the rider-horse team need to perform, they also need to make it look easy. (A) English Communication for International Support (6) was about gLocation and Commute; how to get to the officeh. Conversation/Dialog practice; ga typical day as a sports volunteerh.
(B) Healthcare . [Useful expression] Illness, injuries, symptoms, including the flu, burn, etc.
[9/24 in Sapporo] a special event for supporting people in a stricken area by the earthquake on September 6th.
August-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
In August, each class was held on 8/1(Wed) Tokyo-morning, 8/2 (Thu) Tokyo-nighttime, 8/6 (Mon) Fujisawa-morning, 8/22 (Wed) Yokohama-morning, and 8/26 (Sun)
The theme of Lesson 8 was gTaking the patient into surgeryh and the first warm-up listening topic was "International experts discuss [gaming disorder]h
August-Sports & Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
Eeach class was held on 8/8 (Wed) Iidabashi-morning, 8/9 (Thu) Iidabashi-nighttime, 8/10 (Fri) Fujisawa-morning, 8/26 (Sun) Sapporo-afternoon. In the first lesson, the theme was gtalking about public facilities and residential areash. The first warm-up listening topic was gGenealogy Tourism; mid-August in Japan is gObonh. In the second lesson, the theme was "gHealthcare; diseases and injuries". The second warm-up listening topic was gSwimming; (1) the basics / (2) about a swimming refugeeh. In addition, we practiced reading materials and played a role related to the dialogs at a reception desk and in the consultation room in the hospital.
"Mr. Okamoto's Special Seminar"
It was held on July 28 (Sat), from 19:00 to 20:30. Theme was "Healthcare system and its cost in Japan". The typhoon #12 was just coming to Tokyo in the evening. Even though that, Mr. Okamoto gave us very useful and informative lecture. We had a great time to get together at that night. He prepared a lot of slides in English in order to explain the basic knowledge of Japanese health insurance system and its cost, including technical terms list written in both Japanese and English.
July-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
In July, each lesson was held on 7/4 (Wed) Tokyo-morning, 7/5 (Thu) Tokyo-nighttime, 7/6 (Fri) Fujisawa-morning, 7/22 (Sun) Sapporo-morning & -afternoon, and 7/24 (Tue) Yokohama-morning, respectively. In Lesson 7, the theme was gOrientation for Operation (1) (2)h and the first warm-up listening topic was gMethod Developed to Detect Street Levels in Dogsh. In Chapter 7, we learned gMicrobiology / Immune Systemh. The second warm-up listening topic was gPost-operative Interview: Anti-biotics Administrationh. We learned a lot about dialogs between a patient and a pharmacist in different scenes, including during the hospitalization, at a dispensing pharmacy and an OTC counter.
July-Sports & Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
In July, each lesson was held on 7/11 (Wed) Iidabashi-morning, 7/12 (Thu) Iidabashi-nighttime, 7/13 (Fri) Fujisawa-morning, 7/22 (Sun) Sapporo-afternoon. In the first material, the theme was ghow to express one's emotionh, such as expressing joy/happiness, anger, sadness, and pleasureh. The warm-up listening topic (1) was about gTokyo Police Brush Up Englishh. In the second material, the theme was "parts and organs of the bodyh and "explaining contents and direction of medicines prescribedh. Next, warm-up listening topic (2) was gArtistic Swimmingh. As you may know, the old name gSynchronized Swimmingh has been changed into gArtistic Swimmingh since July 2017 worldwide and since April 2018 in Japan following the IOC policy.
Lecture "Tea Ceremony" (called "Chado" or "Sado" in Japanese)
This lecture was held as an open lecture for people at Asahi Culture Center Yokohama. It was held on WednesdaynJuly 18th. The lecturer was PhD. Kinuko TAKAHASHI. She is a qualified interpreter in English. She said that Tea Ceremony was one of the most popular Japanese cultures among foreign tourists. Tea Ceremony is a kind of ritual where a host entertains guests by making a bowl of tea based on special manners. She taught us that learning how to entertain guests by making a bowl of tea means learning Japanese hospitality as well as manners and etiquettes of rituals of tea ceremonies. Some tips in her book are recommended for tour guide volunteering.
[Title: Explaining Tea Ceremony Through English Conversation]
Lecture "The latest treatmend for Osteoporosis"
The lecture about "Osteoporosis" was also held at the same venue on Monday, July 16th. The lecturer was Dr. Kiyokazu TANAKA from the Rehabilitation Center of JR Tokyo General Hospital. The summary of the lecture is as follows. Osteoporosis is a condition in which reduced bone mass makes the patient more susceptible to broken. An imbalance between bone formation and bone resorption is the main cause of osteoporosis.
*To prevent fracture, balance exercises, a calcium- and vitamin D-rich diet, and fall prevention measures are needed as well as elimination of the normal risk factors.
*Treatment: There are now many medicines available to improve a condition of osteoporosis. These include calcium, vitamin D, calcitonin (which decrease bone resorption), bisphosphonates (which prevent the loss of bone mass), selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERM), and hormone replacement therapy (the long ?term use is controversial).
Ms. Mori's Special seminar (#3)[To improve medical/healthcare interpreting skills]
It was held on June 29 (Fri) at Iidaba shi, Tokyo Volunteer Cente. The theme was "Respiratory system", including the general knowledge, rules, instructions, and some hints for practical interpreting.
June-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
In June, each lesson was held on 6/6 (Wed)Tokyo-daytime , 6/7iThu)Tokyo-nighttime, 6/8iFri) Fujisawa-morning, 6/24iSun) Spporo-morning & afternoon, 6/27iWed) Yokohama-morning, respectively.
The Lesson 6 was "general care of patients; drawing a blood sample" . The Chapter 6 was "physiology / pathology, urology" . Warm-up Listening themes were "Is the computer our friend or our rival?" and "Amazing things happen when brains and technology are combined". Both topics were related to AI (artificial intelligence).
June-Sports & Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
Each lesson was held on 6/13iWedjTokyo-daytime, 6/11 (Mon) Fujisawa-morning, 6/14iThu) Tokyo-nighttime, and 6/24iSun) Spporo- afternoon, respectively. The theme of "International communication" was for gexpressions to praise and admire/apologze/advice" . The theme of "Healthcare" was for gillness, examination, treatmenth, including a complete medical checkup. Warm-up Listening themes were gConversation;the fall, hospitalization, and physical therapy" and "Trampoline; the basics and the rules of the games".
Dr. Mido's Special seminar for English medical/healthcare Communication #2
It was held on Saturday, May 12 at Iidabashi Tokyo Volunteer Center.
Profile: Mido Abdelhakim, MD
-International medical doctor at department of Plastic and reconstructive surgery of Nippon Medical School Hospital
-Graduate of Cairo university, Egypt.
-Completed clerkship at St.Luke's international hospital, Tokyo
-joined the graduate school of Nippon Medical School, Mechanobiology and mechanotherapy Laboratory
-part time lecturer and Medical English and communication class instructor, NMS
Presentation title:The topic will be " Intercultural collaboration- breaking the ice and building bridges".
The seminar idea is about Japanese researchers, medical professionals, and students who travel abroad, what social skills they need to share ideas, make connections and expand their knowledge.
May-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
In May, each lesson was held on 5/9 (Wed)Tokyo-daytime ,5 /10iThu)Tokyo-nighttime, 5/14iMon) Fujisawa-morning, 5/27iSun) Spporo-morning & afternoon, 5/30iWed) Yokohama-morning, respectively.
The themes of Lesson 5 and Chapter 5 were "General Care of Patients (1)(2)" and "skeleton & muscular system / nervous system & endocrine system". The first warm-up Listening CD title was gLetfs go by taxi-no driver needed!h It was the topic that some of the public would be able to test self-driving taxis in Singapore. The other one was gWhat happens when you combine robots and living cells?h The latter topic included many medical technical terms, such as muscle tissue, skeleton, lifespan, nutrient, and function, etc. The material for Reading
practice was gLower back pain often treated incorrectly, research findsh. This article was about opioids, which are painkillers that can be addictive.
May-Sports & Volunteering English CommunicationMini-Lesson
In May, 5/16iWedjTokyo-daytime, 5/21iMon) Fujisawa-morning, 5/24 (Thu)Tokyo-nighttime, and 5/27iSun) Spporo- afternoon, respectively. "International communication" was for gSeasonfs Greetings/weather forecast/favorite seasons/conversation in the hospitalh. "Healthcare" was for gphysical strength/stamina/health and condition [shape]h. Warm-up Listening CDs were used for "India swelters under record", "Crazy Weather/ Cherry Blossom Viewing Party", and "Table tennis (the basics/ the rules of the game)" in the sports theme.
Special seminar for improving skills of medical/healthcare interpreting
It was held on Thursday, April 19 at Iidabashi Tokyo Volunteer Center. Mrs. Mori gave us the very useful methods and techniques how to take notes during medical/healthcare interpreting. We practiced doing that using you-tube about diabetes.
April-Medical/Healthcare English CommunicationMini-Lesson
In April, each lesson was held on 4/4 (Wed)Tokyo-daytime, 4/5iThu)Tokyo-nighttime, 4/9iMon) Fujisawa-morning, 4/23iSun) Spporo-morning & afternoon, 4/25iWed) Yokohama-morning, respectively.
The themes of Lesson 4 and Chapter 4 were "Meeting the patient (3) (4)" and "Terms for surface anatomy and organs". This month, we focused on reading aloud and recitation of dialog sentences. The practice is based on the theory of short-term memory and lomg-term memory. Warm-up listening topics were "Returning Japanese face less time in line" and "Japanese astronaut, Norishige Kanai, boards space atation". His experiments includes making protein crystals to help understand the mechanism of Alzheimer's disease. And also he studies the effects of zero gravity and radiation on the human body.
April-Sports & Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
In April, 4/11iWedjTokyo-daytime, 4/12 (Thu)Tokyo-nighttime, 4/16iMon) Fujisawa-morning, 4/23iSun) Spporo- afternoon, respectively. From this April, the first period theme is for "International communication" and the second period is for "Healthcare". We studied "general greetings and introduction each other" and "expressions about figure, shape, and changes in the body". Warm-up listening topics were "Self-introduction on the first day in a new department", "Ohtani eyes major leagues", and "the basic knowledge about golf". You can visit the Organizing Committee Web Site and collect details about the Olympic/Paralynpic events.
2018 Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri: Cherry blossom viewing
"Hana-Ikada", cherry blossom petals floating on the water, is now famous worldwide.
(2018.4.26 photos by Omori)
Dr. Mido's Special Seminar
Dr. Mido's Special Seminar was held on Saturday, March 10th in Iidabashi Tokyo Volunteer Center. This seminar is for better medical/healthcare communication in English. He shared us the most important seven elements how to communicate during the patient encounterment in a clinic.
March-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
In March, each lesson was held on 3/1 (Thu) Tokyo-nighttime, 3/14 (Wed) Tokyo-morning, 3/22 (Thu) Fujisawa-morning, 3/25 (Sun) Sapporo-morning & afternoon, and 3/28 (Wed) Yokohama-morning, respectively.
The themes were Lesson 3 gMeeting the patient (1)(2)" and Chapter 3 "Word Formation and Medical Terms).
During the lesson 3, we used the floor map of a hospital ward and did a pair-work how to show the direction. And also We studied two kinds of topics for Warm-up listening, one was gDeadly insect found againh and the other was gDoctors on board (5)h , just in case of a medical emergency when a plane is in flight.
Tokyo MELSA, Iidabaashi morning class: Medical/Healthcare English Communication lesson
March-Sports & Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
Each lesson was held on 3/6 (Tue) Tokyo-morning, 3/14 (Wed) Tokyo-morning, 3/22 (Thu) Fujisawa-morning, 3/25 (Sun) Sapporo-afternoon, respectively. Themes of March were "Various kinds of hobbies and Japanese board games;Go (Igo)and Shogi" and "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) (6)" , including the Orthopedics, the Bonesetter's office, the Physical therapy (PT), and the Shiatsu massage clinic. Topics for warm-up listening practice were "Japanese teenage Shogi prodigy sets record" and "the Oriental Witches; Japanese women volleyball team in the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics".
Shonan MELSA, Fujisawa: Medical/Healthcare and Sports & Volunteering English Communication lessons
Special seminar for improving skills of medical/healthcare interpreting
It was held on Thursday, February 15th in the Iidabashi, Tokyo Volunteer Center. Mrs. Mori gave us the excellent and informative methods how to improve the skill of medical/healthcare interpreting.
February-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
In February, each lesson was held on 1/31 (Wed) Tokyo-morning, 2/1 (Thu) Tokyo-nighttime, 2/22 (Thu) Fujisawa-morning, 2/25 (Sun) Sapporo-morning, and 2/28 (Wed) Yokohama-morning, respectively. We learned gEmergency Departmenth (3) ( 4) as for Lesson 2, gmedical terminology and lay terms as a Chapter 2.Themes of warm-up listening were gTiny tick causes big troubleh and gDoctors on board (4)h. We learned various kinds of words and phrases, such as deadly, tick-borne disease, pesticide, virus, fatality rate, resuscitation technique, medical oxygen, malpractice, a communicable disease, Hippocratic oath, defibrillator.
Sapporo MELSA: morning and afternoon class, Medical/Healthcare English Communication lesson
February-Sports & Volunteering English CommunicationMini-Lesson
Each lesson was held on 2/8 (Thu) Iidabashi-nighttime, 2/13 (Tue) Iidabashi-morning, 2/22 (Thu) Fujisawa-afternoon, 2/25 (Sun) Sapporo-afternoon.The first period was for Sports material; baseball, soccer, and golf. The second period was about Complementary and Alternative Medicine. We learned expressions gcleansing reactionsh as a recovery process and gfive elementsh in acupuncture and moxibustion treatment. Themes of warm-up listening were g setsubun; bean-throwing ceremonyh, gSt. Valentinefs Dayh, gSki jumping and Noriaki Kasaya in Winter Olympicsh, and gCurling, just like a bowling on iceh. The reading material was about gJenniferfs experience as a marathon volunteerh. We did a role-play using this dialogue skit for a conversation practice in pairs.
January-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
January' s classes were held as follows; 1/16 (Wed) Tokyo-daytime, 1/18 (Thu) Tokyo-nighttime, 1/22 (Mon) Shonan Fujisawa-daytime, 1/24 (Wed) Yokohama-Morning, and 1/28 (Sun) Sapporo-Morning & Evening. THe theme of Lesson 1 is "emergency department" including 1) reception desk, 2) examination room. The theme of Chapter 1 is "acronyms and abbreviations" and "medical ethics/primary care". The warm-up Listening topics are "world First' Clinical Trial Begins" and "Doctors on Board". Those topics include a lots of medicaal/healthcare words and phrases we learrned last year.
January-Sports & Volunteering English CommunicationMini-Lesson
January' s classes were held as follows; 1/09 (Tue) Tokyo-daytime, 1/11(Thu) Tokyo-nighttime, 1/ 22 (Mon) Shonan Fujisawa-nighttime, 1/28 (Sun) Sapporo-Afternoon. Themes are "8) fishing, skiing, golf as outdoor sports" and "4) questionnaire at a clinic". Reading practice/dialog is "how to apply for volunteer jobs at the sports competition". The warm-up Listening topics are "Marathon: the basic knowledge and history", and words and phrases are "bobsleigh/luge/skeleton". The purpose of this lesson is to learn English communication for small talk.
[photos from Sapporo city in winter 2018]
December-Medical/Healthcare English CommunicationMini-Lesson
Decemberfs classes were held as follows; 12/06 (Wed) Tokyo-daytime, 12/07 (Thu) Tokyo-nighttime, 12/20 (Wed) Yokohama-Morning, and 12/17 (Sun) Sapporo-Morning & Evening. Lesson 12 was "Assisting an infant patient with tests" , and Chapter 12 was gThe immune Systemh. As well-known, immune system has two types; natural immune system and acquired immune system. The warm-up Listening topics were gStaying sharph and gSugar intake leads to a large release of dopamine.h We also used gMorning Rituals: Physical exercise is great brain exercise, too.h as a reading material. To avoid foods with high sugar content could be nice for keeping healthy.
December-Sports & Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
Decemberfs classes were held as follows; 12/13 (Wed) Tokyo-daytime, 12/14(Thu) Tokyo-nighttime, 12/17 (Sun) Sapporo-Morning, and 12/21 (Thu) Shonan Fujisawa-nighttime. Decemberfs themes of Sports and volunteering English were "table tennis and volleyball" and "Chief Complaints (CC) about pain" as the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)No. 3. Warm-up listening topics were as follows; "New taxis in Japan to be bigger, more accessible.h and gA pollution may cause torrential rain.h As a conversation practice in pairs, gEnglish ability and mindseth. The impressive phrases were "The importance is whether or not you can communicate." and "You should have the courage to try being a volunteer."
[Xmas tree in front of the IIDABASHI venue in December 2017]
The 28th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Clinical Sports Medicine
It was held on November 18th-19th. The lecture of a guest speaker: hEmergency Medical Services Provision at the Olympic Gamesh by David Anthony ZIDEMAN, International Olympic Committee Medical and Scientific Committee Games Group.
-In the summer of 2012, London hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
-From 25th July to 12th August, 10,566 Olympic athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees competed in 26 sports in 33 competition venues.
-Two weeks later, 4237 athletes from 164 Nations competed in 20 sports in 21 competition venues, the largest Paralympics ever.
-Medical services was a subdivision of the Sport Directorate.
-The aim of the medical services was to provide an accessible high quality and comprehensive medical service to all Games client groups.
-Medical services were further divided into seven sections (emergency medical services, sports medicine, polyclinic, physical therapies, pharmacy and radiology) each headed up by a clinical lead.
-The emergency medical services had two primary client groups, field of play and spectator, both subject to individual international sport regulations and national Safety Guides.
-Detailed planning required the derivation of a safe and efficient service from scratch with:
1) Service design and function planning
2) The derivation of standard operating procedures for all sports and venues
3) Equipment specification and training of volunteers
4) Drug specification and ordering
5) Recruitment. Section and training of volunteers
6) Clinical governance
7) Ambulance and transportation planning
8) Data reporting
9) Major incident planning
November-Medical/Healthcare English Communication Mini-Lesson
Novemberfs classes were held as follows; 11/2 (Thu) Tokyo- nighttime, 11/10 (Fri) Tokyo-daytime, 11/15 (Wed) Yokohama- morning, 11/26 (Sun) Sapporo-morning & evening. Lesson 11 was gAssistant for delivery and child-care guidanceh and Chapter 11 was gThe Reproductive System (Female)h. Warm-up Listening topics were as follows; gAre you an early bird or a night owl?h and gWorkers in Contaminated Room for 3 hoursh. As for an an early bird, having the right DNA can make a difference between a night owl and an early bird. However, genes are only one of many factors. The former article has many words and phrases we have learned, including genome, suffering from, depression, insomnia, gene, and factor. The later one is a well-known news about the accident which happened at the Japan Atomic Energyfs research center. In this article, we learned English expressions related to nuclear atomic power, such as radioactive substance, internal radiation exposure, contaminated, etc.
November-Sports and Volunteering English Communication Mini-Lesson
Novemberfs classes were held as follows; 11/7 (Tue) Tokyo/morning, 11/9 (Thu) Tokyo/night, 11/26 (Sun) Sapporo/afternoon, 11/30 (Thu) Fujisawa/night. Novemberfs themes were gJapanese combat sports (martial arts); sumo, judo, kendo, and kyudoh and gJapanese National Health Insurance, the reception and accountingh. Warm-up Listening topics were gJapanese Sakeh, gJapanese Vodka (Shochu). Sake is brewed by fermentation of rice with malt and water. Shochu is a distilled liquor made from rice, barley or rye. An additional topic was gShichi-Go-Sanh as a Japanese annual festival in November. This event is held on the weekend nearest to November 15th.
Sapporo-morning &-afternoon, respectively. . The theme of Chapter 8
. The theme of Chapter 8was Pharmacology / Circulatory System & Digestive Systemst. The second warm-up listening topic was g iPS cellsh. We learned the differences between ES cells and iPS cells.
The 79th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hematology was held onOctober 20-22. One of the most interesting topics was gClinical sequencing in leukemia with the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI)h among Special Educational Lectures on Saturday, 21. Almost all the seats were taken in the room. The news related to this lecture was broadcasted in the summer, 2016. In April, MELSA used the article gArtificial Intelligence (AI: Watson) Saves Lifeh as one of the warm-up listening materials. Amazingly, Watson concluded that the patient had another type of blood cancer in just 10 minutes and proposed that doctors use a different anticancer drug. AI could be one of the promising devices in the future as a team member among human medical/healthcare proffesionals.
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Octoberfs classes were held as follows; 10/07 (Sat) Tokyo-Nighttime, 10/11(Wed) Tokyo-Daytime, 10/18 (Wed) Yokohama-Morning, and 10/29 (Sun) Sapporo-Morning & Evening. As for Octoberfs themes, Lesson 10 was "An inpatient with diabetesh , and Chapter 10 was gThe Endocrine Systemh. One of the warm-up Listening topics was gLaughter is the best medicineh. It was a similar concept to the previous news article we used last month, which was a prospective cancer treatment gMedics put Jest to the test.h Laughter strengthens the immune system, improves the mood, reduces pain, and protects people from the damaging effects of stress.
The other topic was "sleep". The endocrine system and sleep have a close relationship. The melatonin is a substance formed by the mammalian pineal gland. It is involved in circadian rhythms. Meanwhile, three American scientists have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries about the inner workings of biological clocks in living things. The Nobel Committee says their discoveries explain how plants, animals, and humans adapt their internal rhythms to match up with the Earth's turns. Inner clocks regulate behavior, hormone levels, sleep, body temperature, and metabolism. For example, having an inner clock that's constantly out of rhythm is associated with increased risk for various diseases.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Octoberfs classes were held as follows; 10/3 (Tue) Tokyo-Morning, 10/5 (Thu) Tokyo-Nighttime, 10/26 (Thu) Fujisawa-Nighttime, 10/29 (Sun) Sapporo-Afternoon. Octoberfs themes were gTrack and Fieldh among Sports Club Activities and gTaking Vital Signsh as the first lesson of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). We practiced substitution and role-play as usual. Warm-up listening topics were as follows; gJapanese noodles (udon and soba)h, gramenh, and gthe country with the most Olympic marathon medalsh.
@Mr. Uchida brought a model of the human body for our understanding his
@His name is "TARO". Here are his pictures.
2015 New Year Greetings!
@May peace, happiness, good health and continued success be yours every day throughout the new year.
MELSA schedule for January, February and March in 2015.
@Please make sure of each date, time and venue every month because the opening hour will be changed depending on the venue. (December 9th)
Now, we are "NPO MELSA"!
@We have got the approval documment as a "Non-Profit Organization Medical English Learning Support Association" from the metropolitan goverment office. We MELSA submitted the application in June this year.
We have been making efforts to establish the NPO MELSA for a long time. And We will also try to do our best from now on for better contribution in a society. (October 29th)
@We are very sorry that we could not answer your Inquiry and/or Application because Yahoo mail service @was not available from September 30th 9:20 a.m. until October 4th at 6:57 a.m. Just in case anyone sent a message to our MELSA office during that period, please send the same one to us again. Thank for your understanding. (October 10th)@
The celebration of the first anniversary of the founding of MELSA
@Thank you very much for participating in MELSA lessons, as well as your support and understanding.
We will try to do our best to contribute to your opportunity and convenience of studying medical English
in the future.@(September 18th)
@We reluctantly decided to cancel the daytime MELSA lesson on June 4 and the nighttime MELSA lesson
on May 27 due to a very urgent personal matter. We are very sorry that we had given an only short notice to some of the MELSA members beforehand. The opening schedule and other information might change depending on the situation. We apologize for your inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.@iJune 17th)
Medical English Learning Support Association