A Japanese university team has started a clinical trial of a treatment for Parkinson's disease that uses weak ultrasonic waves to burn off abnormal nerve cells.
Parkinson's is a progressive disease in which patients gradually lose their ability to move. Their limbs may tremble and the body becomes rigid. The disease is caused by abnormalities in the cells responsible for the production of dopamine, a brain chemical that sends mobility signals to other parts of the body.
An aid group is urging Tokyo's Taito Ward Office to apologize for barring three homeless people from a shelter set up for a recent typhoon because they were not residents of the ward.
The office came under attack after revelations surfaced that the three homeless people were turned away from the shelter during Typhoon Hagibis on October 12.
Overland Expo is about to start, and car makers are rolling out versions of their crossovers and trucks transformed into overlanding and expedition vehicles. Honda is joining in on the action with the 2019 Honda Passport and 2019 Honda Ridgeline. It collaborated with Honda aftermarket company Jsport, and the results are some rugged-looking camping machines.
Both trucks are similarly equipped, with a leveling kit that adds 1.5 inches of ground clearance, aftermarket 18-inch wheels shod in chunky all-terrain tires, and Jsport's own skid plates so in case you do try to clear something too tall. The Passport gets a little extra love in the form of a new Jsport rear spare tire carrier and some Baja Designs off-road lighting.
A lawyer for former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn criticized his client's new detention as excessive. Junichiro Hironaka spoke on Wednesday evening when Tokyo prosecutors were reportedly preparing to rearrest Ghosn.
Hironaka said prosecutors had told them they would be notified by March 31 whether there would be an additional indictment.
Japanese swimming superstar Rikako Ikee has revealed on Twitter how she has been coping with her treatment for leukemia.
The 18-year-old revealed her diagnosis last month. On Wednesday, she tweeted that treatment has been much, much tougher than she anticipated, and she has not been able to eat for more than three days. But she added she will not be defeated.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback plays somewhat against type by being interesting to look at and not a complete snore to drive (characterizations that now also can be applied to the new Corolla sedan). After all, the latest Corolla hatch and upper trim versions of the sedan use a larger, 2.0-liter engine, boast an available six-speed stick with rev-matching, add a fixed first gear to their CVT, and swap the previous torsion beam rear suspension for a multilink setup. But one still gets the sense that there's unrealized potential here. Now Toyota is exploring that potential with the just-announced GR Sport version.
This sportified Corolla Hatchback wears GR Sport-specific lower body styling, a black mesh grille, and a rear diffuser. Additionally, there are special 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, fog lights, and rear privacy glass. The exclusive Dynamic Grey paint is two-toned with a black upper body. Inside, there are more aggressively bolstered bucket seats in cloth and leather or full leather, with contrast stitching. It's too bad the sporty upgrades don't extend to the mechanicals, but we will say the car looks pretty good.
Lexus is making the Black Line Special Edition treatment available again, this time offering it on the F Sport version of the 2019 IS 300 sports sedan.
The package adds 18-inch, split-spoke wheels with the "black vapor chrome" finish that also appear on the flagship LS sedan, plus back side mirrors. Inside, you get black Nuluxe seats with red accents and contrasting red stitching, which also appears on the center console and armrests, plus red accent panels flanking the center stack. There's also a heated, black wood-trimmed steering wheel highlighted by what Lexus says is "distinctive shades of black that were created by a Japanese calligraphy shop dedicated to perfecting ink for more than 200 years." All Black Line versions are equipped with navigation and triple-beam LED headlights.
Japanese swimming superstar Rikako Ikee, who has announced that she has been diagnosed with leukemia, will start full treatment for the disease. Sources close to the Japan Swimming Federation say the process may take more than six months.
Ikee holds national records in multiple events, including the women's 100-meter butterfly.
Lexus is debuting a limited-production NX F Sport Black Line edition at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Set to be sold for the 2019 model year only, the Black Line is essentially an appearance package with some added equipment as well — Lexus previously made a Black Line version of the RC coupe with similar results.
The package takes a normal NX 300 F Sport and jazzes it up a bit. The NX in this spec is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Forged 19-inch chrome wheels and a faux carbon bodyside graphic are the main exterior changes. Only three colors will be available for the Black Line, including black, silver and the white you see here. The interior gets colors to complement the exterior, with two-tone white and black seats. A black headliner is standard, as are unique Black Line floor mats, cargo mats and key fob gloves.