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Culture and family influence on smoking in Filipina girls

girl smoking

Smoking rates for youth in the U.S. have been declining, but the trend does not hold true for some Asian American ethnicities.  Recent results from Hawai‘i’s Youth Tobacco Survey indicate that 20.1% of Filipina high school girls smoke, compared to only 5.6% of Japanese and 5.3% of Chinese girls.  In fact, Filipinas in Hawai‘i are picking up their first cigarettes ... Read More »

Epigeneticist from Wai’anae discovers science behind native traditions

Alika Maunakea

Epigenetics and epigenomics are big and somewhat unfamiliar words to many, but they are likely terms you will hear about more and more. Department of Native Hawaiian Health researcher and Assistant Professor Dr. Alika Maunakea’s studies are helping to ensure that happens. His research in the field, detailing a link between epigenomics and alternate promoter usage, has been published in ... Read More »

A new tool for the early detection of heart failure

CP Stethoscope test

The CP-Stethoscope, proposed by UH startup company MiWa Technologies, is a unique, non-invasive radio-frequency sensor for continuous monitoring of multiple vital signs, including measurement of changes in lung water content for early detection of heart failure and other cardiopulmonary diseases. The National Science Foundation has published a highlight featuring this UH Manoa research success story on their website.  The NSF credits ... Read More »

Startup company developing novel therapies for treating heart failure based on UH research

Makai Biotechnology LLC

Biotech startup Makai Biotechnology LLC is licensing technology from the University of Hawai‘i to develop new cardiovascular drugs aimed at treating and preventing heart failure. Alexander Stokes, an assistant professor of cell and molecular biology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), developed the science for the drugs. At JABSOM, Stokes worked on identifying a new target and ... Read More »

Shorter men may live longer

Dr. Bradley Willcox

Short height and long life have a direct connection in Japanese men, according to new research based on the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program (HHP) and the Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HAAS). “We split people into two groups – those that were 5-foot-2 and shorter, and 5-4 and taller,” said Dr. Bradley Willcox, one of the investigators for the study and ... Read More »

UH Cancer Center researcher wins Weinman Innovator Award

Cancer Center

New test could mean earlier detection of one of the most prevalent cancers in U.S. A researcher at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center developing a new test for bladder cancer has won the fifth annual Weinman Innovator Award for Translational Research, an honor that carries a $50,000 prize and recognizes leading edge cancer research with the potential to move ... Read More »

Researcher working to end keiki kidney disease wins March of Dimes award

Dr. Benjamin Fogelgren

Medical research at UH Mānoa aimed at preventing kidney disease in children is being recognized with a prestigious grant by the March of Dimes. The Basil O’Connor Starter Scholarship Research Award, presented to John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) researcher Ben Fogelgren, is worth $150,000 over the next two years. This is the first time a Hawai`i investigator has ... Read More »

JABSOM Dean discusses role of research in Hawaii’s economy

Jerris Hedges and Mazie Hirono

Jerris Hedges, Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, met with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono in Washington, DC on March 26, 2014. The Dean and the Senator discussed funding for the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), a network of 18 research institutions which includes the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. The John A. Burns School of Medicine ... Read More »

Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium

Biomedical Science Symposium at JABSOM

The Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium held at Kaka`ako in early April drew award-winning research from students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), MDs and Fellows in the JABSOM Residency Programs, the JABSOM Graduate Sciences Programs, and entries from the UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye School ... Read More »

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