Curing Future Diseases.

Today, the increasing cost of national health care is a serious problem in the nation. Young people who will enter the workforce several years later could bear a tens of thousands of yens larger tax than today. To avoid this, "preventive medical care" will play an important role. Under this concept, people receive treatment before getting ill even without going to the hospital. In our laboratory, we are researching with Tokyo University, Kyushu University, many hospitals, and medical checkup service providers, on the scheme to monitor and capitalize on biological, behavioral, and health information of patients for preventive medical care by applying computer technology. So far, approximately 300 subjects have participated in our experiments, and we have conducted advanced data analysis on information obtained from those subjects, provided feedback of results to them at the right time, and thereby found that these processes improved their health, encouraged them to exercise, and helped discover their crises early. Through advanced data analysis and application technologies, information science and technology will be able to provide "information as a drug," which is expected to be as effective as real drugs.
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