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Recent advances in psychosomatic obstetrics & gynecology in Japan

Edited by Dr Masakazu Terauchi

Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSPOG, established in 1972) currently comprises more than 700 members including obstetricians, gynecologists, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and midwives, who are specialized in psychosomatic care and treatment of female patients. This thematic series in BioPsychoSocial Medicine showcases the progress made most recently by the selected scholars of JSPOG. The variety of the topics featured in the series embodies the complexity of the problems Japanese women face today, including premenstrual disorders and school absenteeism, aromatherapy and the autonomic nervous system, women’s mental health in the workplace, natural disaster and maternal mental health, perimenopausal depression and oxidative stress and gender differences in psycho-oncology.

  1. Research

    What inhibits working women with mental disorders from returning to their workplace?-A study of systematic re-employment support in a medical institution

    It has been customary for working women in Japan to retire when they marry and to devote themselves to household work as well as having children. However, according to a report published by the Ministry of Int...

    Karin Hayashi, Yoichi Taira, Takamitsu Maeda, Yumie Matsuda, Yuki Kato, Kozue Hashi, Nobuo Kuroki and Shuichi Katsuragawa

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2016 10:29

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  2. Research

    Factors relating to the mental health of women who were pregnant at the time of the Great East Japan earthquake: analysis from month 10 to month 48 after the earthquake

    The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011. The epicenter was off the coast of Miyagi prefecture, and the magnitude of the earthquake was 9.0 with a maximum seismic intensity of 7....

    Kineko Sato, Maki Oikawa, Mai Hiwatashi, Mari Sato and Nobuko Oyamada

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2016 10:22

    Published on: 27 June 2016

  3. Research

    The prevalence and risk factors of school absenteeism due to premenstrual disorders in Japanese high school students—a school-based cross-sectional study

    Premenstrual disorders such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) interfere with the daily lives of adolescents. The causes of PMS and PMDD are unknown, but lifestyle habits...

    Mari Tadakawa, Takashi Takeda, Yasutake Monma, Shoko Koga and Nobuo Yaegashi

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2016 10:13

    Published on: 26 April 2016

  4. Research

    Aromatic effects of a Japanese citrus fruit—yuzu (Citrus junos Sieb. ex Tanaka)—on psychoemotional states and autonomic nervous system activity during the menstrual cycle: a single-blind randomized controlled crossover study

    Yuzu (Citrus junos Sieb. ex Tanaka), a yellow-golden colored citrus fruit, has traditionally been used to promote psychosomatic health in Japan. While the yuzu produces a distinctive, pleasing aroma of citrus and...

    Tamaki Matsumoto, Tetsuya Kimura and Tatsuya Hayashi

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2016 10:11

    Published on: 21 April 2016

  5. Research

    Gender differences in cancer-related distress in Japan: a retrospective observation study

    Cancer care is currently the most important medical issue in Japan. Total pain of cancer patients consists of a combination of four factors: physical, psychological, social distress, and spiritual pain. Previo...

    Atsuko Koyama, Hiromichi Matsuoka, Yoichi Ohtake, Chihiro Makimura, Kiyohiro Sakai, Ryo Sakamoto and Masahiko Murata

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2016 10:10

    Published on: 12 April 2016

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