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Hawai‘iʻs child well-being 17th in latest national rankings

Economic conditions may finally be improving, and families continue to offer a strong foundation for Hawaiʻi’s children, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book, which examines trends in child well-being during the post-recession years, found that Hawaiʻi now ranks 23 in child economic well-being, and 17 for child well-being …

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UH neurologists win top regional awards from American Heart Association

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine Associate Professors Kazuma Nakagawa and Matthew Koenig received awards from the American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate. Koenig won the Quality and Systems Improvement Award, and Nakagawa was named Physician Volunteer of the Year. Both were selected from volunteers across a 10-state region for their outstanding work. Matthew Koenig: …

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Psychiatry professor honored as outstanding community mental health leader

A University of Hawaiʻi psychiatrist who helped form a statewide suicide prevention network was honored as an Outstanding Community Mental Health Leader by Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi. Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda, assistant professor of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, “built thriving partnerships on each island that continue today as she leads the Prevent Suicide Hawaiʻi Task …

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UH plays significant role in the battle against rat lungworm

As of late April 2017, the Hawaiʻi Department of Health had confirmed 13 cases of rat lungworm disease since the start of the year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the parasitic worm (Angiostrgonylus cantonensis) can invade the central nervous system and cause a rare form of meningitis. The University of Hawaiʻi is addressing rat lungworm in …

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UH scientists scrutinize first aid for man o’ war stings

In recent decades, trusted first aid resources have recommended stings from man o’ war (Physalia species) be treated differently from other jellies. But when researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa dug into the scientific literature, they found scant evidence to support such individualized first aid. Adding to a recent push for evidence-based sting treatments, members of the Pacific …

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Stellar Mānoa undergraduate research and creative projects showcase

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research project or creative work at the Undergraduate Showcase on May 5. This free event will feature 76 presentations and posters by 105 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. The morning begins …

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Student Natalie Kamada awarded childhood cancer research grant

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is one of only 21 universities this year awarded a St. Baldrick’s Foundation summer research grant to fight childhood cancer. This month, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced it is providing $105,000—in grants of $5,000 each—to support summer research fellowships. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student Natalie Kamada, who is in the Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program, will spend the …

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Public presentations at biomedical/health disparities symposium

The Annual Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium will be held April 20 and 21 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The symposium allows health sciences students, MD residents and faculty from colleges throughout Hawaiʻi to display their latest research. The 2017 symposium has attracted a record 169 recipients. They will compete …

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Elizabeth Aparicio elected to national social work board

Elizabeth Aparicio, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, was elected to the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) board of directors as its first designated early career member (at large). SSWR is the preeminent social work research organization in the United States and Aparicio is the first scholar to represent the university as …

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