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MELSA NEWSLETTER

ŸŸDear MELSA membersŸŸ
2018 Greetings
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Thank you very much for your participation and cooperation in 2017.
What is your New Year resolution? It is never too late to learn!
Please join us and enjoy learning together.

Ÿ2017 MELSA News
The the marks of Tokyo 2020 Support Programme / Education [Yoi Don!]

We are very glad to tell you about wonderful news like this.
On September 26, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games approved MELSA to use the marks of [Tokyo 2020 Support Programme] / [Education [Yoi Don!]], under the TOKYO 2020 SANKAKU (Action) program.
The Tokyo 2020 SANKAKU (Action) Program has eight themes as follows;
1) sports and health, 2) building communities, 3) sustainability, 4) culture, 5) education, 6) economics and technology, 7) revival and reconstruction, 8) all Japan: sending a message to the world.
MELSA has obtained the approval in the field of education.

The summary introduction about our activities applied there is as follows;
We share the opportunity for medical/healthcare English communication mini-lesson with people who are looking for the place to learn together. We also provide Sports and Volunteering English communication mini-lesson. English is our tool for multicultural exchange and experience. Here is the global place where you can make something special.
Could you join us and learn together?.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games
According to the organizing committee, The Tokyo 2020 Games has its own games vision. gSports has the power to change the world and our future.h This games vision is based on the following three core concepts. Those are:
*Achieving Personal Best: striving to achieve their best possible results
All Japanese citizens, including Olympic and Paralympic volunteers, will employ their utmost resourcefulness as hosts to welcome visitors from around the world with the best Japanese gomotenashih, or hospitality.
*Unity in Diversity: accepting each other just as they are
The Tokyo 2020 Games will foster a welcoming environment and raise awareness of unity in diversity among citizens of the world.
*Connecting to Tomorrow: passing and leaving a lot of positive legacies to inspire future generation
The Tokyo 1964 Games completely transformed Japan, enhanced Japanese people's awareness of the outside world and helped bring about rapid growth of Japan's economy. The 2020 Games will enable Japan, now a mature economy, to promote future changes throughout the world, and leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Tokyo 2020 Volunteers Getting Involved ? Becoming a Tokyo 2020 Volunteer
Now you can send your application form to the organizing committee as you would like to be a volunteer.

According to the organizing committee, applications for volunteer roles will be accepted from the summer of 2018. You will need to be:
*18 years old or above as of April 1, 2020
*able to participate in volunteer training sessions
*a Japanese national or foreign national with permission to stay in Japan (temporary visitors included)
*able to volunteer for 10 or more days
*enthusiastic and committed, with a genuine desire to contribute to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games
*willing to work as a part of a diverse team, and to treat other team members with respect
*Volunteer Strategy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have put together a collection of basic concepts which will guide the recruitment and training of volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Games. You can access it via their website.

Ÿ2018 MELSA mini-lesson Reports
[Notification]
1) The standard procedure before taking a lesson
š Please show your MELSA membership ID card and write your name & ID number on an attendance sheet before you take a lesson.
šIf you forget to bring your ID card with you, please pay 2000 yen as a regular lesson fee. You have no repayment available later on. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

2) The date, venue, and time of MELSA lessons
šMELSA lesson will be subject to whether planned venues are available or not.
Please check the latest schedule under the tab gTop Pageh information.

2018-October
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™The 80th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hematology
It was held on October 12-14 in Osaka.


[Overview/Abstract]
[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 donft 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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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.

[4] 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 & Volunteering" by Dr. OZAKI

It was held on October 4th (Thu), 19:00-20:30 at the Iidabashi, Tokyo Volunteer Center.
Dr. Daiya OZAKIiMD. , 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.





2018-September
™Asahi World Forum 2018
gAsahi World Forum 2018h is the companyfs 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 Societyh. 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 Nationfs 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 behindh.


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
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Atarashii Time---Exploring Craftsmanship from Japanese and Global Perspectives. Eriko Yamaguchi: Chief Executive Officer and Chief Designer of MOTHERHOUSE Co., LTD. Eriko Yamaguchifs 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 Japanfs 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 womenfs leadership from global perspectives.
September 26th [Panel Discussion] A Future Brought about by AI Speech Translation---Beyond gLanguageh and gMindh Barriers.Noriko Omori: Manager of Counseling Services for Foreigners, Ehime Prefectural International Center Eiichiro Sumita: Fellow, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Packfn Mackfn: 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 barriersh. 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 barriersh 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 Playersh . The details are as follows.

[Tokyo International Sports Medicine Innovation Forum Japan Way in Sports Medicine beyond 2020]
The concept, three gih, stands for [International], [Innovative], and [Interactive].
[Symposium]
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.
[Lunch Discussion]
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] gPRPh
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 .
yBackgroundzOur 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.
yPurposezTo evaluate the effects of PRP injection in muscle injuries. We check football players in the acute phase of hamstrings or quadriceps injuries.
yStudy designzRandomized clinical trial.
yMethodsz38 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 conclusionzWe 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
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 Japanh. The Japanese word gShindoh or seismic intensity scale is unique to Japan. Magnitude, which is also called gRichter scaleh, and Shindo scale do not correspond to each other. Warm-up CD listening (2): gRecovering from natural disastersh. There were the triple disasters of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan in 2011. Itfs taking many northeastern Japanes communities a long time to get back on their feet. Getting things back the way they were before isnft something you can do overnight. Lesson 9 was gObservation after Operation (1) (2)h. Chapter 9 was gRespiratory System / Endocrine Systemh. (Sapporo-MELSA Medical/Healthcare) Warm-up CD listening (1): A Japanese word gUmamih roughly means gdelicious flavorh. Itfs the fifth primary taste element after sweet, sour, salty and bitter. In fact, gUmamih has become part of the English vocabulary. Soy sauce, for example, is rich in umami components. Warm-up CD listening (2): gHealthier Fast Foodh. 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 Posth. 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): gEquestrianh.  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 officeh. Conversation/Dialog practice; ga typical day as a sports volunteerh.
(B) Healthcare . [Useful expression] Illness, injuries, symptoms, including the flu, burn, etc.

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[9/24 in Sapporo] a special event for supporting people in a stricken area by the earthquake on September 6th.

2018-August
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) Sapporo-morning &-afternoon, respectively.
The theme of Lesson 8 was gTaking the patient into surgeryh and the first warm-up listening topic was "International experts discuss [gaming disorder]h. The theme of Chapter 8 was Pharmacology / Circulatory System & Digestive Systemst. The second warm-up listening topic was g iPS cellsh. We learned the differences between ES cells and iPS cells.
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 areash. The first warm-up listening topic was gGenealogy Tourism; mid-August in Japan is gObonh. 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 refugeeh. 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.


2018-July

"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 Dogsh. In Chapter 7, we learned gMicrobiology / Immune Systemh. The second warm-up listening topic was gPost-operative Interview: Anti-biotics Administrationh. 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 emotionh, such as expressing joy/happiness, anger, sadness, and pleasureh. The warm-up listening topic (1) was about gTokyo Police Brush Up Englishh. In the second material, the theme was "parts and organs of the bodyh and "explaining contents and direction of medicines prescribedh.  Next, warm-up listening topic (2) was gArtistic Swimmingh. As you may know, the old name gSynchronized Swimmingh has been changed into gArtistic Swimmingh 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).

2018-June
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 , 6/7iThu)Tokyo-nighttime, 6/8iFri) Fujisawa-morning, 6/24iSun) Spporo-morning & afternoon, 6/27iWed) 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 6/13iWedjTokyo-daytime, 6/11 (Mon) Fujisawa-morning, 6/14iThu) Tokyo-nighttime, and 6/24iSun) 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, treatmenth, 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".

2018-May
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 /10iThu)Tokyo-nighttime, 5/14iMon) Fujisawa-morning, 5/27iSun) Spporo-morning & afternoon, 5/30iWed) 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 gLetfs 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 findsh. This article was about opioids, which are painkillers that can be addictive.
May-Sports & Volunteering English CommunicationMini-Lesson
In May, 5/16iWedjTokyo-daytime, 5/21iMon) Fujisawa-morning, 5/24 (Thu)Tokyo-nighttime, and 5/27iSun) Spporo- afternoon, respectively. "International communication" was for gSeasonfs Greetings/weather forecast/favorite seasons/conversation in the hospitalh. "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.

2018-April

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, 4/5iThu)Tokyo-nighttime, 4/9iMon) Fujisawa-morning, 4/23iSun) Spporo-morning & afternoon, 4/25iWed) 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, 4/11iWedjTokyo-daytime, 4/12 (Thu)Tokyo-nighttime, 4/16iMon) Fujisawa-morning, 4/23iSun) 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
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"Hana-Ikada", cherry blossom petals floating on the water, is now famous worldwide.
(2018.4.26 photos by Omori)

2018-March
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 againh 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

2018-February
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 Departmenth (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 troubleh 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 reactionsh as a recovery process and gfive elementsh in acupuncture and moxibustion treatment. Themes of warm-up listening were g setsubun; bean-throwing ceremonyh, gSt. Valentinefs Dayh, gSki jumping and Noriaki Kasaya in Winter Olympicsh, and gCurling, just like a bowling on iceh. The reading material was about gJenniferfs experience as a marathon volunteerh. We did a role-play using this dialogue skit for a conversation practice in pairs.



2018-January
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]

2017-December
December-Medical/Healthcare English CommunicationMini-Lesson
Decemberfs 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 Systemh. As well-known, immune system has two types; natural immune system and acquired immune system. The warm-up Listening topics were gStaying sharph 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
Decemberfs 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. Decemberfs 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 mindseth. 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]

2017-November
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 Gamesh by David Anthony ZIDEMAN, International Olympic Committee Medical and Scientific Committee Games Group.
[Abstract]
-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
Novemberfs 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 guidanceh 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 hoursh. 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 Energyfs 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
Novemberfs 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. Novemberfs themes were gJapanese combat sports (martial arts); sumo, judo, kendo, and kyudoh and gJapanese National Health Insurance, the reception and accountingh. Warm-up Listening topics were gJapanese Sakeh, 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-Sanh as a Japanese annual festival in November. This event is held on the weekend nearest to November 15th.

2017-October
[Tokyo MELSA]
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 Lifeh 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
Octoberfs 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 Octoberfs themes, Lesson 10 was "An inpatient with diabetesh , and Chapter 10 was gThe Endocrine Systemh. One of the warm-up Listening topics was gLaughter is the best medicineh. 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
Octoberfs 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. Octoberfs themes were gTrack and Fieldh among Sports Club Activities and gTaking Vital Signsh 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, gramenh, and gthe country with the most Olympic marathon medalsh.

2017-September
[Sapporo MELSA]
As for Sapporo MELSA, the bad weather led to fewer participants in the past few months. Thanks to the beautiful weather in September, however, the number of participants is more likely to be increasing. We will enjoy learning together again. Sapporo city has already been filled with autumn season. You can enjoy a lively and brisk atmosphere in the underground shopping center just like in Tokyo. Meanwhile, you can see the vast expanse of the sky while walking along the sidewalk and feel a refreshing air of autumn there.



Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Septemberfs classes were held as follows; 9/22 (Sat) Tokyo-Nighttime, 9/13(Wed) Tokyo-Daytime, 9/20 (Wed) Yokohama-MELSA, 9/24 (Sun) Sapporo-MELSA. Septemberf themes were as follows; Lesson 9 was "Examination assistance to a patient with a burnh and Chapter 9 was gThe Sensory System and Skinh. Then warm-up listening themes were gMedics put jest to the testh and gNext-Generation Cancer Treatment, Quantum Scalpelh. Personally, I know someone whofs already undergone this therapy. It was called gheavy particle beam therapyh at a research hospital.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Septemberfs classes were held as follows; 9/5 (Tue) Tokyo-Daytime, 9/14 (Thu) Tokyo-Nighttime, 9/24 (Sun) Sapporo-MELSA, 9/28 (Thu) Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa. Septemberf themes were gWatching sports and Supportingh and gER (emergency room) and AED (automated external defibrillator)h. Warm-up Listening themes were as follows; gViewing the moonh, hFigure Skater Mao Asada Retiresh. and hGolfer Ai Miyazato Says Thanksh. The additional dialogue practice was about gWhat kinds of things do sports volunteers do?h Then the answer was as follows; They help the competition by assisting the athletes and event organizers, and also by supporting the visitors.

2017-August

Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on August 2 (Tue), 3 (Thu), 16 (Wed), and 20 (Sun), respectively. The themes were "Helping inpatietnts with paralysis" and "The Nervous System". Regarding paralysis, the warm-up listening topics were "Study to regenerate spinal cords with iPS cells" and "There's more hope now for people with spinal injuries".
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Sapporo-MELSA, and Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa classes were held on August 8 (Tue), 10 (Thu), 20 (Sun) ,and 31 (Thu), respectively. The theme of sports was "Sports club and Circle". The theme of healthcare was "physical examinations, treatments, accounting". The warm-up listening topics were "Ancestor Rememberance Festival", "Recruiting Athletes for Tokyo 2020", "various after-school activities", and "New guidelines call for earlier English Learning".

2017-July
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on July 4 (Tue), 1 (Sat), 19 (Wed), and 23 (Sun), respectively. The theme in the first period was "Helping inpatietnts with their daily life". The second period theme was "The Urinary System". Regarding the urinary system, we had three kinds of warm-up listening topics, including "Marathon and Dehydration", "Heatstroke precaution for Tokyo 2020", and the dialogue between Dr. and a patient about "Renal Stone" as one of the diseases in uropaty.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Sapporo-MELSA, and Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa classes were held on July 11 (Tue), 6 (Thu), 23 (Sun) ,and 27 (Thu), respectively. The theme of sports was "A variety of sports; to ask and/or talk about one's favorite sports". The theme of healthcare was "Giving direction in the hospital; how to explain directions and/or locations". We practiced that using a map. And warm-up listening topics were as follows: "Star Festival in Japan" as a Japanese annual event, "about Nishikori's first Grand Slam Final", and "Heatstroke precaution for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics". The Tokyo games are scheduled on late July and early August of 2020. Authorities advise us to beware of heatstroke because hundreds of people across Japan are taken to hospitals on especially hot days during this season every year.

2017-June
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on June 9 (Fri), 1 (Thu), 21 (Wed) and 25 (Sun), respectively. Themes were "hospitalization, showing the ward" and " The Respiratory System". One of the warm-up listening practice topics was about "Pollution kills nealy 2 million children a year", according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The other one was about "observation of breathing" for an inpatient.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on June 6 (Tue), 10 (Sat), 25 (Ssun) , and 29 (Thu), respectively. The first theme of sports was "a break the ice": to start with asking "Which sport do you like the best?". The second theme was a dialogue about healthcare communication between a patient and a receptionist at the counter in the hospital. And we also used a few warm-up listening topics, such as "Tokyo Olympics", "Sports Festival", and "Tokyo Olympic Emblems Scrapped".
As you know, the first Tokyo Olympics was held in 1964. It was a symbol of Japan's re-development and acceptance as a member of the international community after it was defeated in the Second World War. Regarding Sports Festival in Japan, these events are held at most schools and neighborhood communities, and generally held near the national holiday called "Sports Day" in October. The purpose is community and team building.

2017-May
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on May 9 (Tue), 13 (Sat), 24 (Wed) and 28 (Sun), respectively. The main themes were ghThe Emergency Medical-Care System" and "Circulatory System and AED". The warm-up listening practice was about "Dialogue between a doctor and a patient with heart problem" and "At a disaster site: Dialogue between a nurse and an American male victim with a minor injury".
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on May 16 (Tue), 18 (Thu), 25 (Thu) , and 28 (Sun), respectively. The themes were "About your favorite food, drinks, and othersh and "Disaster Nursingh. This month, one of the warm-up listening topics was about Japanese national holiday "Children's Day" and the other one was about "Quit smoking". The story was about a young lady in her early-thirties who finally desided to give up smoking. Meanwhile, reading an additional material from a recent study abroad, we learned that women now drink nearly as much as alcohol as men. The study explained some interesting reasons such as the change in women's roles in a modern society compared with the past.

2017-April
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo-Daytime, Toky-Nighttime, Yokohama-MELSA, and Sapporo-MELSA classes were held on April 2 (Tue), 13 (Thu), 19 (Wed) and 23 (Sun), respectively. The main themes were gComplete physical Examinationh and gThe Blood". The topics of warm-up listening were "Taking a cold shower?" and "Having a nice and long soak in a hot bath!". In Sapporo-MELSA, we also studied about the news "Artificial Intelligence (AI), what is called Watson, Saves life". Watson conducted that the patient had another type of blood cancer and proposed a different anticancer drug. On TV news, doctors say AI technology is opening a new horizon in the field of medicine, beyound human intellect.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo-Morning, Tokyo-Nighttime, Sapporo-MELSA, and Shonan-MELSA Fujisawa classes were held on April 12 (Wed), 6 (Thu), 23 (Sun), and 27 (Thu), respectively. The themes were "Small talk to fill in the timeh and "Occupational Health Nursing (OHN)h. The practice of OHN is based on the healthcare in working environment. In Japan, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has started focusing on working hours as the issue of law since a Japanese young female worker, who worked at one of the advertising giants, committed suicide in December 2015 due to a crushing workload. Other topics for warm-up listening were Japan's seasonal events such as "Viewing the Cherry Blossoms" and "Sumo Wrestling, the national sport of Japan". As you know, Kisenosato is a native-born Japanese "yokozuna", the highest rank grand champion, after a long interval.

2017-March
2017 SAPPORO ASIAN WINTER GAMESh was held in Sapporo and Obihiro from February 19 to 26. Some of the MELSA participants played an important role as a sports volunteer in that event. They also helped a lot to open Sapporo MELSA. We are deeply grateful to their kindness and cooperation.
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Toky Nighttime, Tokyo Daytime, Yokohama MELSA and Sapporo classes were held on March 2 (Thu), 8 (Wed), 15 (Wed) and 20 (Mon), respectively. The main themes were gColonoscopyh and gThe Digestive System". The topics of warm-up listening were "longevity" and "for maintaining your teeth healthy...".
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo Morning, Tokyo Nighttime and Sapporo classes were held on March 7 (Tue), 16 (Thu) and 20 (Mon), respectively. The themes were "introducing club activities etc. and sports for funh and "regional medical service, home visits and careh. The warm-up listening topics were "Valentine and White Days", "What happens to all that food?". In addition for Sapporo MELSA class, the following two topics were used; "Are you happy, and would you like to be happier?" and "Everyone wants to learn something, but who has the time? "

2017-February
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Tokyo Day-time, Tokyo Night-time and Yokohama MELSA classes were held on February 2 (Thu), 7 (Thu) and 15 (Wed),
respectively. The main themes were gAt the accounting counterh and gThe Skeletal and Muscular System.h The topic for warm-up listening was gWould you participate in 20-year medical study?h The aim of this project is to find possible causes of diseases. The medical experiment will track a multitude of things, including diet, exercise, sleep, genetics, medical records, personality tests, credit card spending, GPS location data and blood tests. This article is very useful for us to review lots of medical terms we have learned.
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
On February 9 (Thu) and 14 (Thu), Morning class and nighttime classe were held, respectively. The themes were gAbout volunteer activitiesh and gAbout a burn with hot oil while cooking.h One of the topics for warm-up listening was a traditional Japanese event gSetsubunh or gBean Throwing DAY.h The other topics were "Are you happy, and would you like to be happier?" and about a very recent medical term gCyberchondoria.h

2017-January
Medical/Healthcare English Communication
Day-time MELSA, Night-time MELSA, and Yokohama MELSA were held on January 6 (Fri), 14 (Sat), and 18 (Wed), respectively. Especially, we had 24 participants in the night class. Most of them were new comers and they were really enthusiastic to learn medical English. For this year, MELSA materials have been freshly innovated for participants. A warm-up listening topic was gMatchah as a suitable theme, like a tea ceremony for New Year. We practiced reading, shadowing, and memorization of dialogs for Role-Play among 3 people (doctor/nurse/receptionist, patient, and interpreter).
Sports & Volunteer Activities English Communication
Tokyo Morning and Tokyo nighttime classes were held on January 10 (Tue) and 19 (Thu), respectively. The topic of warm-up listening were about "the New Year Holidays" as an annual event in Japan called gO-shogatsuhand gEveryone wants to learn something, but ch.

2016 MELSA Lesson Reports
We will use materials and CDs to learn about topics from various fields regarding not only medical and/or healthcare information but also traditional Japanese main events, sports, and Olympics/Paralympics each month. We hope it helps you to get more enjoyment for daily life, for forming relationship with people around you and any other situations.

[2016 New Additional Items of MELSA Lesson]
We have already heard of the Zica fever, dengue fever, and Ebola infections in the news. Recently, an international lecture on "Travel Medicine" was held in Japan. As MELSA aims at focusing on current worldwide issues, MELSA will incorporate these latest topics discussed in the news and lectures into our lessons. We hope that these issues can correspond to everyonefs interests. In order to be a part of global society, we will try to select current topics about healthcare in the world.

2016-December
Medical/Healthcare English
At the end of this year, we studied about gPharmacy & Medicationsh, including OTC, prescription medicine and instructions of medication. And then we reviewed almost all about the scenes and questionnaire related to gout-patient & first visith. We also used CDs for intensive learning terminology, words and phrases in medical/healthcare English as well as role-play practice exercises for communication.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English: Themes were gworkplace, commute, transportation and designating areah and gdiseases & injuriesh. Warm-up listening practices were as follows; gChristmash, gDecisionh of giving up smoking, and gthe conversation between a landlady and a new tenanth.

2016-November

Medical/Healthcare English:We studied about two kinds of subject, "Accounting, Paying the bill at the cashier's counter", including Japanese National Health Insurance system, and "Urinary System and diseases related to urinary tracts". For a warm-up listening practice, we used the article "Weight training, bulking up muscles and brain function" and foreign news "Cleaning up Agent Orange in Vietnam". Interestingly, the article said that lifting weights is better for losing weights than cardio exercise. We also learned that high levels of dioxin are still detected there more than 40 years after the war ended.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:The first subject was about "How to express our emotions", such as feeling happy, angry, sad, and sorry. The second was about "Parts of the body, Organs". In addition, for a warm-up listening practice, we used the materials about "Shiti-go-san, November 15", "Shrines and Temples", and one of the natural disasters, "Earthquakes in Japan".

2016-October

Medical/Healthcare English:The first subject was about Preoperative Management for Operation (Explaining before/after Surgery, Day of the operation). The second one was about Musculoskeletal system, Orthopedics, and related diseases such as backache, knee ache (osteoarthritis OA). For a warm-up listening practice, we used two kinds of material, including "Anesthesia" and " A Patient with osteoporosis at a dental clinic". We focused on listening to the general questions an anesthesiologist usually asks before an operation, and also listening to useful advice and recommendation from an internist or a dentist regarding osteoporosis we have to know about.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
Main subjects were " How to praise, How to apologize" and " Illness/Desease, Test, and Treatment". We used several topics for a warm-up listening practice, including "Sports Festival" as one of the Japanese evens in autumn, "Healthier Choices for Diners, and "Rio Olympics with Cultural and Environmental Themes" with a surprise cameo from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed as Super Mario. In addition, we read an article, "Adults Who Volunteer Are Healthier Than Those Who Do Not". This topic may encourage us to make more efforts and enjoy doing volunteer activities all together.

2016-September
Medical/Healthcare English:The first subject was about "Medical examinations and Tests", including names of testing and explaining the test/treatment/procedure". The second one was about "Digestive system", including diseases such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. For a warm-up listening practice, we used two topics, "A Japanese actor and his stomach cancer" and "A new method of radiotherapy: pinpoint cancer attack".
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
Warm-up listening practices were "Viewing the Full Moon" as a Japanese event in September, "Tropical storm or Typhoon", and "Heatstroke precautions for Tokyo 2020" related to sever weather during the middle of summer in Japan.

2016-August
Medical/Healthcare English:The first subject was about"Measurement of Vital Signs" and the second was about "Ophthalmology". The themes for a warm-up listening practice were "Most common Complaints at the ophthalmological clinic", and "The 1st iPS Transplant to treat a woman suffering from age-related maculardegeneration". This disease causes a progressive decline in vision. iPS stands for induced pluripotent stem cells.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
Warm-up listening practices were "O-Bon, Ancestor Remembrance Festival" as one of Japanese annual events, "Corcovado, a World Heritage Site", and "Zika fever" related to the Olympics in Brazil.

2016-July
Medical/Healthcare English:The main subjects were as follows: a) Physical Examination (1) Calling a patient/Taking Measurements b) Sensory organs,? Dermatology, and diseases such as eczema and pediatric allergy. "Medical examination", "Examination of the cranial nerves" and "Hair loss Mechanism found" were the themes for a warm-up listening practice.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
July:"Star Festival on July 7th" was one of the main themes in this month. We learned about the story of two stars compared to lovers based on a Chinese legend by listening to CD. Then we enjoyed learning how to communicate with our foreign guests at a Sushi restaurant, including the explanation of Japanese sake.

2016-June

Medical/Healthcare English:In the first class period, the subject was continued from the previous "Medical inquiries by doctors at the consultation room". Taking history (2) obstetrical past history, smoking, drinking and other lifestyle habits, etc. In the second class period, we learned about Pediatrics; a) Roseola Infantum b) Measles (Rubeola) c) Chickenpox (Varicella). At the beginnig of each class, we usually use a little time for a warm-up listening practice. The themes were about "Obesity" and "Anti-smoking campaign" .
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
"School Clubs ( after school)", "The Rugby World Cup in England". In addition, things related to concussion and "Pocket Concussion Recognition Toolh.

2016-May

Medical/Healthcare English:The first subject was about "Medical inquiries by doctors at the consultation room". Taking history (1) past history, family history, allergies, etc.
We also learned about Psychosomatic internal medicine/ Psychiatry as the second subject; a) School Refusal b) Depression and Insomnia. Closely related to this month's subjects, "Meditation" and "A lack of sleep" were the themes for a warm-up listening practice.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
"Childrenfs Day" as one of the Japanese traditional events and national holidays and "Kyoto" as an old capital of Japan.


2016-
April

Medical/Healthcare English:We learned about "The immune System" and "Blood". From the extensive point of the human body function, it is important for us to study these two themes together because of their very close relationships between blood cells and antigen-anibody reaction. Antibodies are found in the blood and body fluids. After binding antigen, some antibodies may fix, complement, bind to surface receptors on immune cells, and in some cases may neutralize microorganisms.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
The special topics for listening and reading practice were about "Cherry blossom viewing", "Tokyo Olympics"Aand "the bullet train".


2016-March

Medical/Healthcare English: "The reproductive System" and "The Ebola". The theme was especially about pregnancy and infectious diseases. You have probably heard in the news and watched on TV about infectious diseases such as "Zika", "Dengue" and "Ebola". So, in March, we focused on learning about this frightening disease, Ebola in English. We also got the information about "Travel Medicine" in Japanese. We hope it helps you to study more by yourself at home.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English: "The girls' [dolls'] festival" and "The spirit of martial art".

2016-February
Medical/Healthcare English: "The Nervous system" and "The Brain". We provided the key words and phrases as well as basic information to understand the article about the brain and nerves in English. We introduced the useful CD and YouTube video, using several minutes for each.
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:
" The marathon" and "The Olympic emblem"

2016-January
Medical/Healthcare English:"The Cells" and "The influenza (the flu)".
Sports and Volunteer Activities English:"About Japan" and "The Acropolis in Athens"

2016 New Year Greetings from MELSA
@2016 Happy New Year
@Let us welcome the year which is new and fresh. What is your New Year resolution? Let us leave behind sadness, regrets and painful moments and have a new start full of joy this year.
It is never too late to start again but yes it is always very early when one gives up.
Please join us and learn together.


The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics/Paralympics
@Tokyo will host the 32nd Summer Olympic/Paralympic games in 2020.
Recently the number of visitors to Japan has been increasing even before the opening of the Games. We may have an opportunity to show someone around or do some volunteer activities here and there. If we talk someone from another country, we never know what topics will come up. However, the topics that will almost always come up are more likely to be Japan itself or ourselves. If we know what we are going to talk about, we can easily prepare by learning new words and phrases in advance.
Therefore, MELSA prepared the special new program for people planning to take part in volunteer activities. Eventually,"Sports & Volunteer English Conversation" class successfully started last September.
While studying about Japan itself, we will not only be able to improve our English but also share our information and experiences each other.
@@Please join us and learn together with MELSA from now on!!

Japanese Hospitality
@It is often said that the Japanese people are "polite." This characteristic is probably rooted in the spirit of omotenashi --- a Japanes hospitality. When we go to shops or restaurants throughout Japan, the staff bow very politely to us. This kind of behavieor is the typical Japanes hospitality of being considerate to our guests or others.
MELSA Small Talk
@A dictionary says that gsmall talkh is a polite conversation about ordinary or unimportant subjects, especially at social occasions. Small talk topics are usually the focus of our daily conversations. Sometimes small talk is more important for adults because we are not very comfortable with silence. So we are more likely to begin our conversation with small talk to strangers.
In addition, we can chat away with our friends about something. We can also enjoy a long chat over a cup of coffee or a meal with them. Therefore, certain acceptable small talk topics such as sports, hobbies, work and food are very helpful for us when we meet someone from abroad for the first time until we get to know each other better. Please join us and learn together.
Newcomers are always welcome to the "Sports & Volunteer English Conversation" class.
Letfs start with MELSA for the 2020 Olympic/Paralympic games!
MELSA's Materials for Medical/Healthcare English
@MELSA's materials for medical/healthcare English have a total of 12 sections in a year.
It will enable you to conduct a well-balanced study of dialogue patterns and expressions as you imagine the situations in which medical/healthcare words are used both in Japan and overseas.
Regarding anatomy and physiology, each section contains basic overview about one of the organ systems divided into 11 groups in a human body. You can study one section in a month. If you are not confident about cells as a basic component unit of the body, then please start with Section 1. For Section 2 through 12, you do not have to proceed through them in order. However, you can start with the sections you want study soon or that interest you. You are always welcome in any every month.
The people (patients) who appear in the conversations (dialogues) have trouble because they do not understand how to deal with their conditions. They will try to communicate in different languages. Empathize with them and observe them closely.
In order to use medical/healthcare words precisely and proficiently, you must study medical terminology as well as grammar, sentence patterns and expressions.
Please do basic practice as much as possible and keep practicing as long as it takes to get good at speaking.

MELSA Lesson Reports
Medical/Healthcare & Sports/Volunteer Activities English
2016 MELSA lessons
@MELSA lessons have just started. The number of participants has been increasing gradually.
Yokohama-MELSA lesson on January 20 was helped by a volunteer lecturer, Dr. Ward. Thank you very much.

Special thanks to all MELSA participants in 2015
@Thank you very much for your participation in MELSA lessons throughout the year in 2015.
We have succcessfully finished Medical/Healthcare Daytime-MELSA, Nighttime-MELSA, and Yokoham-MELSA lessons.
And also finished Sports/Volunteer activities English lessons with great pleasure.
We, all MELSA staff are looking forward to seeing you again next year.

The first Yokohama-MELSA lesson was successfully finished.
@The first Yokohama-MELSA lesson was held on March 25th. We had a great time with Dr. Ward. She is a doctor of OB-GYN (obstetrics and gynecology). The MELSA program of March is reproductive system. It was a perfect day for us to learn with her. Thank you very much for her generous cooperation to help MELSA activities despite her very busy schedule.
We had a special seminor on March 11th.
@We invited Mr. Uchida, an acupuncturist as MELSA volunteer lecturer in Daytime-MELSA lesson.
He gave us an interesting and informative leture about complementary and alternative medicine [CAM].

@@Why does acupuncture work?
\Acupuncture is simple, safe, effective and sustainable healthcare.
Our health depends on the bodyfs energy flow, moving in a smooth and balanced way through channels throughout the body.  The flow can be disturbed by physical, mental, emotional factors as well as lifestyle and weather conditions.
Acupuncture can stimulate the bodyfs own healing response and help restore its natural balance, and it focuses on improving the overall well-being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
Meridians and collateralsF@
Meridians and collaterals (Jing-Luo) are pathways that transport Qi, Blood, and Fluid and connect the internal Zang-fu organs with the surface and other part of the body. The twelve regular meridians are based on three factors, which are hand or foot, yin or yang, and zang or fu organs.
Physiological functions of meridians:
Circulating Qi, Blood and Fluid and coordinating Yin and Yang,
Communicating the exterior with the interior, connecting with viscera,
Circulating Qi, Blood and Fluid and coordinating Yin and Yang,
Resisting evil and manifesting symptoms and signs of diseases,
Transmitting sensation and regulating the deficiency and excess,

@Mr. Uchida brought a model of the human body for our understanding his lecture well.
@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)

Many apologies
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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
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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)

Short notice
@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)
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