This article cites findings from a journal by authors from Soma General Hospital and Tohoku University, April 7, 2015. The article is titled “Change in and Long-Term Investigation of Neuro-Otologic Disorders in Disaster-Stricken Fukushima Prefecture.”
In cities like Soma and Minamisoma as well as Shinchi Town, there is an increased rate of hospitalization for ear, nose and throat (ENT) care and vertigo, Meniere’s disease and acute low-tone sensorineural hearing loss. In some serious cases, patients were referred to psychiatric care or prescribed psychosomatic medicine.
The article states: ” The number of reported cases of heart disease and brain infarction have increased in the devastated area… Diabetes, osteoporosis, and psychiatric illnesses were feared to have worsened… There is a great concern that there will be additional health hazards, and we strongly feel the need for administrative support. ”