Category Archives: Health

Japan and Aging Communities


Currently, Japan has some of the oldest population of any developed nation. The Japanese people in 1989 were statistically much older than any other population to date. Currently, the Japanese people, who enjoy green tea, fish, and other marine environments, are some of the most respected people in the world. Not only are the Japanese people the founders of sushi, but they also respect the local volcano, Mt. Fuji. Recently in Japan there was an aggressive volcanic eruption that left many mountaineers stranded and no longer able to go back down the mountain. It is considered disrespectful at this time to throw any people, garbage or other sorts of efficacy into the volcano. The Japanese people have typically demonstrated humility and in other words think that bringing shame to one’s family is the most negative trait any one single person can do. Japan is a large, island country off the coast of China. There are a number of islands off the mainland of Japan that were significant battlegrounds in the second world war.

Now, the Japanese people are known as the leaders of technology in the world. They are also known as strong harbingers of fish markets. There is a cultural thing in Japan known as a Geisha- this is basically where women serve as servants for people. Geishas train for long long periods of time in order to prepare for a life of servitude. They Geisha train to entertain primary male patrons. Geisha are predominately entertainers so they do things like music, humour, but also serve drinks and food.

The aging community in Japan are known for treating their elderly with respect and dignity. There are a number of great senior home care agency or agencies that are designed to bring the elderly people a strong and respectful environment in which to live. Not only is shame a negative trait in Japanese culture, but loosing ones own self preservation would be an ultimately negative environment to live in.

By treating the aging population with respect, these communities managed to raise the average standard of living, as well as the mean age by which people live to. So overall the Japanese people are Statistically, the Japanese people are the best and most respectful of their elderly communities. That’s something we should all strive to!

USC Multi-Organ Transplant Program

Only a generation ago, there was little hope for people with failing hearts, lungs, livers or kidneys. Today, the USC Multi-Organ Transplant Program, consisting of heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant, offers such patients a second chance at life and better health.


The Transplant Program has earned a reputation of technical excellence, cutting-edge research and high success rates. A world pioneer in live-donor transplants, the Program offers a unique service: Patients with one or more family members willing to donate a lung lobe, kidney or a portion of a liver may have the procedures performed when the need presents itself, without waiting for a cadaveric organ. USC doctors also are known for advances in transfusion-free medicine and surgery.

USC transplant surgeries take place at several facilities, including:

  • USC University Hospital
  • USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
  • The Doheny Eye Institute

To create a complete teaching and research institution, teams of highly skilled and experienced specialists from a wide variety of disciplines come together to best meet the needs of patients and their families. The teams perform hundreds of transplants every year-each carried out and followed up with personal care and medical treatment that ensures the best experience and the greatest chance of success.

What makes USC unique?

  • Pioneered the live-donor lobar lung transplant procedure
  • Was the first to successfully transplant a heart and lung into a four-month-old infant
  • Conducted the first live-donor double-lobar lung transplant
  • Performed the world’s first bloodless live-donor liver transplant
  • Was the first to routinely conduct adult-to-adult and adult-to-pediatric live-donor liver transplants in Southern California
  • Offers laparoscopic kidney removal from living donors, one of the newest and most advanced procedures in transplantation
  • Provides access to the latest scientific and medical advances in transplantation and immunosuppressive therapies

When people turn to the USC Transplant Program for help, they often have been living with a difficult and debilitating illness. Some have had unexpected and fast-developing diseases; others have lived and struggled for years with their conditions. We understand that transplant patients span from infants to seniors, speak many languages and come from diverse walks of life. But they all have the same desire; to live healthy, productive lives.