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  1. Content type: Research

    The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa (AN) is high, and death is mainly attributable to cardiac events. A wide range of autonomic nervous system disturbances may be mechanisms underlying the incr...

    Authors: Yoshikatsu Nakai, Masatoshi Fujita, Kazuko Nin, Shun’ichi Noma and Satoshi Teramukai

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2015 9:12

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  2. Content type: Review

    Many reports have been published concerning how psychosocial stress influences the occurrence and progression of allergic diseases such as bronchial asthma and atopic dermatitis. As for asthma, a typical aller...

    Authors: Kazufumi Yoshihara

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2015 9:8

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  3. Content type: Review

    The influence of a caregiver’s stress on the development of childhood asthma is an important aspect of the treatment and prevention of illness. Many cross-sectional studies have investigated the association be...

    Authors: Noriko Yamamoto and Jun Nagano

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2015 9:7

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  4. Content type: Research

    Several studies have reported an increased tendency towards anger in patients with panic disorder (PD). If this propensity for anger arises from the pathological process of PD, it may be associated with the du...

    Authors: Nagisa Sugaya, Eiji Yoshida, Shin Yasuda, Mamoru Tochigi, Kunio Takei, Takeshi Otowa, Tadashi Umekage, Yoshiaki Konishi, Yuji Sakano, Shinobu Nomura, Yuji Okazaki, Hisanobu Kaiya, Hisashi Tanii and Tsukasa Sasaki

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2015 9:6

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  5. Content type: Reviewer acknowledgement

    The BioPsychoSocial Medicine editorial team would like to thank the following colleagues who contributed to peer review for the journal in Volume 8 (2014).

    Authors: Koji Tsuboi

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2015 9:5

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  6. Content type: Research

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of prolonged stress on the salivary adrenal hormones (cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone [DHEA], DHEA-sulfate [DHEA-S]) of individuals with irritable bowel...

    Authors: Nagisa Sugaya, Shuhei Izawa, Keisuke Saito, Kentaro Shirotsuki, Shinobu Nomura and Hironori Shimada

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2015 9:4

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  7. Content type: Research

    The Japanese Coronary-prone Behaviour Scale (JCBS) is a questionnaire developed by the Eastern Collaborative Group Study (ECGS), a multi-centre study of coronary-prone behaviour among Japanese men. Subscale C ...

    Authors: Reiko Hori, Jun-ichiro Hayano, Kazuhiro Kimura, Nitaro Shibata and Fumio Kobayashi

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2015 9:3

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  8. Content type: Research

    An understanding of eating behaviors is an important element of health education and treatment in clinical populations. To understand the biopsychosocial profile of eating behaviors in an ecologically valid wa...

    Authors: Hiroe Kikuchi, Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi, Shuji Inada, Tetsuya Ando and Yoshiharu Yamamoto

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2015 9:2

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  9. Content type: Research

    Recent neuroimaging studies have investigated the brain involvement in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Functional studies found abnormalities in cognitive and emotional function...

    Authors: Alessandro Agostini, Massimo Campieri, Angela Bertani, Antonella Scarcelli, Daniela Ballotta, Carlo Calabrese, Fernando Rizzello, Paolo Gionchetti, Paolo Nichelli and Francesca Benuzzi

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2015 9:1

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  10. Content type: Research

    Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) often complain of persistent fatigue even after conventional therapies such as pharmacotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or graded exercise therapy. The aim of...

    Authors: Takakazu Oka, Tokusei Tanahashi, Takeharu Chijiwa, Battuvshin Lkhagvasuren, Nobuyuki Sudo and Kae Oka

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:27

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  11. Content type: Case report

    Although hyperventilation syndrome generally carries a good prognosis, it is associated with the risk of developing severe symptoms, such as post-hyperventilation apnea with hypoxemia and loss of consciousness...

    Authors: Masato Kobayashi, Shinji Kurata, Takuro Sanuki, Ichiro Okayasu and Takao Ayuse

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:26

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  12. Content type: Research

    Intraoral disease is a common occurrence in patients with eating disorders, particularly dental erosion, which frequently becomes severe and may hinder daily life. The severity varies from patient to patient. ...

    Authors: Mitsuhiro Otsu, Akira Hamura, Yuiko Ishikawa, Hiroyuki Karibe, Tomoyasu Ichijyo and Yoko Yoshinaga

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:25

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  13. Content type: Research

    Dry mouth is very common symptom, and psychological factors have an influence on this symptom. Although the influence of emotional factor related to patients with oral dryness has been examined in previous stu...

    Authors: Hirofumi Matsuoka, Itsuo Chiba, Yuji Sakano, Ichiro Saito and Yoshihiro Abiko

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:24

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  14. Content type: Research

    Orthostatic intolerance is common in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and several studies have documented an abnormal sympathetic predominance in the autonomic cardiovascular response to gravitational stimuli. ...

    Authors: Vegard Bruun Wyller, Even Fagermoen, Dag Sulheim, Anette Winger, Eva Skovlund and Jerome Philip Saul

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:22

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  15. Content type: Short report

    The activity of creatine kinase (CK) in serum has recently been reported to be potentially associated with several types of depression. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether serum enzymes, including CK,...

    Authors: Ayako Kato, Hiroyuki Sakakibara, Hirohito Tsuboi, Asami Tatsumi, Masanobu Akimoto, Kayoko Shimoi, Takeshi Ishii, Hiroshi Kaneko, Tsutomu Nakayama and Norio Ohashi

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:21

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  16. Content type: Research

    This study was done to determine which psychosocial factors are related to the urgent hospitalization of anorexia nervosa patients (AN) due to extremely poor physical condition and to evaluate their outcome af...

    Authors: Keisuke Kawai, Sakino Yamashita, Gen Komaki, Miki Shimizu, Megumi Nakashima, Samami Etou, Shu Takakura, Masato Takii, Chiharu Kubo and Nobuyuki Sudo

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:20

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  17. Content type: Research

    Patient empowerment has recently been proposed as an important concept in self-management for effective glycemic control. A concise self-completed questionnaire for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus was c...

    Authors: Yoriko Hara, Sanae Iwashita, Akira Okada, Yuji Tajiri, Hitomi Nakayama, Tomoko Kato, Motoyuki Nakao, Koji Tsuboi, Raoul Breugelmans and Yoko Ishihara

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:19

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  18. Content type: Research

    The frequency of antidepressant (ADs) prescription is high, with general practitioners (GPs) responsible for about 80% of the prescriptions. Some studies considered prescriptions meet DSM criteria, while other...

    Authors: Alain Mercier, Isabelle Auger-Aubin, Jean-Pierre Lebeau, Matthieu Schuers, Pascal Boulet, Paul Van Royen and Lieve Peremans

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:17

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  19. Content type: Research

    We previously found that the empowerment of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus can be strongly affected by gender and age in addition to self-managed diet and exercise behaviors and treatment. This study w...

    Authors: Yoriko Hara, Mizuho Hisatomi, Hisao Ito, Motoyuki Nakao, Koji Tsuboi and Yoko Ishihara

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:16

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  20. Content type: Research

    A survey was conducted amongst 1,017 Hong Kong residents ages 18 and over to determine their knowledge of fungal nail infections (onychomycosis) and the psychosocial impact of the disease on the relationships,...

    Authors: Henry HL Chan, Emma T Wong and Chi Keung Yeung

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:15

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  21. Content type: Short report

    This research, conducted in 1998 and 2008, uses go/no-go data to investigate the fundamentals of cognitive functioning in the inhibitory control ability of Japanese children. 844 subjects from kindergarten to ...

    Authors: Koji Terasawa, Hisaaki Tabuchi, Hiroki Yanagisawa, Akitaka Yanagisawa, Kikunori Shinohara, Saiki Terasawa, Osamitsu Saijo and Takeo Masaki

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:14

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  22. Content type: Research

    To assess psychosocial functioning and distress of children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis compared to healthy controls.

    Authors: Konstantina Kostakou, George Giannakopoulos, Stavroula Diareme, Chara Tzavara, Stavros Doudounakis, Stelios Christogiorgos, Chryssa Bakoula and Gerasimos Kolaitis

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:13

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  23. Content type: Research

    Healthy university students have been shown to use psychoactive substances, expecting them to be functional means for enhancing their cognitive capacity, sometimes over and above an essentially proficient leve...

    Authors: Wanja Wolff, Ralf Brand, Franz Baumgarten, Johanna Lösel and Matthias Ziegler

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:12

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  24. Content type: Research

    The evaluation and management of stress are important for the prevention of both depression and cardiovascular disease. In addition, the maintenance of the oral condition of the elderly is essential to enable ...

    Authors: Katsuhisa Sakano, Koufuchi Ryo, Yoh Tamaki, Ryoko Nakayama, Ayaka Hasaka, Ayako Takahashi, Shukuko Ebihara, Keisuke Tozuka and Ichiro Saito

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:11

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  25. Content type: Research

    The visceral sensitivity index (VSI) is a useful self-report measure of the gastrointestinal symptom-specific anxiety (GSA) of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Previous research has shown that wor...

    Authors: Tatsuo Saigo, Jun Tayama, Toyohiro Hamaguchi, Naoki Nakaya, Tadaaki Tomiie, Peter J Bernick, Motoyori Kanazawa, Jennifer S Labus, Bruce D Naliboff, Susumu Shirabe and Shin Fukudo

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:10

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  26. Content type: Short report

    Cortisol awakening response (CAR) as an indicator of psychological stress and related physical and psychiatric diseases has attracted growing attention from researchers. Although CAR changes have been investig...

    Authors: Ikuhiko Shibuya, Shinichiro Nagamitsu, Hisayoshi Okamura, Shuichi Ozono, Hiromi Chiba, Takashi Ohya, Yushiro Yamashita and Toyojiro Matsuishi

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:9

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  27. Content type: Research

    The repression of negative emotions is a personality factor that received considerable attention in the 1950-60s as being relevant to the onset and course of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Despite subsequent, repe...

    Authors: Jun Nagano, Takako Morita, Koji Taneichi, Shohei Nagaoka, Sadanobu Katsube, Tomiaki Asai, Masao Yukioka, Kiyoshi Takasugi, Masakazu Kondo and Yasuro Nishibayashi

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:8

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  28. Content type: Reviewer acknowledge

    The editors of BioPsychoSocial Medicine would like to thank all our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 7 (2013).

    Authors: Koji Tsuboi

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:2

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  29. Content type: Review

    Acupuncture and moxibustion, which medical doctors are licensed by the government of Japan to perform, can improve the psychological relationship between doctors and patients, especially when it is disturbed b...

    Authors: Tetsuya Kondo and Masazumi Kawamoto

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:7

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  30. Content type: Review

    Kampo medicines are currently manufactured under strict quality controls. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan has approved 148 Kampo formulas. There is increasing evidence for the efficacy of K...

    Authors: Hirokuni Okumi and Atsuko Koyama

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:6

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  31. Content type: Review

    This article reviews the effectiveness of Kampo (traditional Japanese herbal medicine) in the treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders, especially functional dyspepsia (FD) and irritable bowel syndro...

    Authors: Takakazu Oka, Hirokuni Okumi, Shinji Nishida, Takashi Ito, Shinichi Morikiyo, Yoko Kimura and Masato Murakami

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:5

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  32. Content type: Research

    Previous studies have shown that the practice of yoga reduces perceived stress and negative feelings and that it improves psychological symptoms. Our previous study also suggested that long-term yoga training ...

    Authors: Kazufumi Yoshihara, Tetsuya Hiramoto, Takakazu Oka, Chiharu Kubo and Nobuyuki Sudo

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2014 8:1

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  33. Content type: Research

    The efficacy of physical exercise as an augmentation to pharmacotherapy with antidepressants for depressive patients has been documented. However, to clarify the effectiveness of exercise in the treatment of d...

    Authors: Megumi Ida, Itsurou Ida, Naoki Wada, Makoto Sohmiya, Masayuki Tazawa and Kenji Shirakura

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013 7:18

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  34. Content type: Research

    During adolescence children are usually confronted with an expanding social arena. Apart from families, schools and neighbourhoods, peers, classmates, teachers, and other adult figures gain increasing importan...

    Authors: Dimitra Petanidou, Evangelie Daskagianni, Christine Dimitrakaki, Gerasimos Kolaitis and Yannis Tountas

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013 7:17

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  35. Content type: Review

    A serious problem currently plaguing the medical field is the widening gap between academic medicine, which studies the features and causes of illness, and the medical care that patients desire. An example of ...

    Authors: Takahisa Ushiroyama

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013 7:16

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  36. Content type: Research

    Medication non-adherence is often a predominant problem in the management of hypertension and other chronic conditions. In explaining health behaviours, social determinants like spirituality and religiosity ar...

    Authors: Irene Kretchy, Frances Owusu-Daaku and Samuel Danquah

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013 7:15

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  37. Content type: Research

    Although social skills training programs for people with high-functioning autism (HFA) are widely practiced, the standardization of curricula, the examination of clinical effectiveness, and the evaluation of t...

    Authors: Kayoko Ichikawa, Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Masahiko Ando, Tokie Anme, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Hinako Yamaguchi and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013 7:14

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  38. Content type: Research

    Previous studies confirmed that the control of diabetes is related to family functioning, but the validity of the tools used to assess family functioning in these studies is questionable. Few studies have focu...

    Authors: Hiroaki Takenaka, Juichi Sato, Tomio Suzuki and Nobutaro Ban

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013 7:13

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  39. Content type: Research

    To investigate possible differences in emotional/behavioral problems and cognitive function in children with nephrotic syndrome compared to healthy controls and to examine the effect of disease-specific and st...

    Authors: Panagiota Manti, George Giannakopoulos, Elena Giouroukou, Helen Georgaki-Angelaki, Constantinos J Stefanidis, Andromahi Mitsioni, Nikolaos Stergiou, Constantinos Mihas, George P Chrousos, Maria Alexandra Magiakou and Gerasimos Kolaitis

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013 7:10

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  40. Content type: Case report

    The prognosis of hyperventilation syndrome (HVS) is generally good. However, it is important to proceed with care when treating HVS because cases of death following hyperventilation have been reported. This pa...

    Authors: Takao Munemoto, Akinori Masuda, Nobuatsu Nagai, Muneki Tanaka and Soejima Yuji

    Citation: BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013 7:9

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