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Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Others Begin Offering SAS Diagnosis Program for Corporate Clients.

Tokyo, Japan, Dec 6, 2005 - (JCN) - Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance announced on December 5 that it has developed and begun offering the SAS Diagnosis Program, a mass-screening program for sleep apnea syndrome (SAS).

Co-developed with Tokio Marine & Nichido Medical Service, Fukuda Denshi, Fukuda Life Tech and the Association for Preventive Medicine of Japan, the new program is designed for use in regular medical checkups administered by corporations to their employees.

The program works as follows. First, those who are found to be obese or have symptoms of lifestyle-related diseases in regular medical checkups are required to monitor their sleeping conditions at home using Fukuda Denshi's proprietary monitoring device LS-100.

Collected data is examined (judged) under the criteria guidelined by the Association for Preventive Medicine of Japan. If a subject is diagnosed as SAS, he will be referred to a hospital and a doctor specializing in SAS.

It costs about 2,000,000 yen ($16,500) to screen about 500 subjects, or 4,000 yen ($33) per person. One theory has it that about 2% of the Japanese have SAS.

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Date:Dec 7, 2005
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