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How Zika is spread through sex

One of the newest, and potentially most worrisome, ways the Zika virus can spread is through unprotected sex. A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa scientist Saguna Verma has received the first U.S. Zika-response funding in Hawaiʻi to research how the Zika virus infection in men makes them susceptible to transmit the virus to their sexual partners, even though they may …

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World AIDS Day to include update from UH Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS

Over the past five years approximatley 80 to 100 newly diagnosed cases of HIV have been reported annually in Hawaiʻi. On World AIDS Day, December 1, the Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS will host the 2016 Update: Hawaiʻi to Zero conference, which will detail how the state might realize a Hawaiʻi to Zero goal. Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at …

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Teen Health Camp draws record attendance

The University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine hosted students from as far away as Lānai for the 2016 Fall Teen Health Camp on November 19. The free, one-day event introduced students in grades 6 to 12 to workshops and interactive skill demonstrations presented by medical students and partners with the UH Mānoa Health Careers Partnership Program …

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Chien-Wen Tseng first Hawaiʻi appointment to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Chien-Wen Tseng, a University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) associate professor and associate research director of family medicine and community health, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). “Dr. Tseng is the first USPSTF member appointed from the State of Hawaiʻi,” said UH President David Lassner. “Her perspectives, having worked with diverse communities …

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XLR8UH announces eight teams for fifth cohort

The University of Hawaiʻi announced the selection of eight teams for the fifth cohort of its accelerator startup investment program—XLR8UH. The startups in this round include digital technology providing athletes and physicians ways to identify, measure and monitor sports concussions; a lifesaving blood analysis smartphone platform; and a data collection and project management platform for conservation and agriculture customers. The eight teams …

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UH Cancer Center reaches major milestones and welcomes new director

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center welcomed its new director, Dr. Randall Holcombe on Monday, November 7. The center also celebrated its 45th anniversary, and the 20th anniversary of its National Cancer Institute designation with a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Day proclamation presented by Gov. David Ige. “The cancer center is really a unique Hawaiʻi institution. It’s different than other cancer centers across …

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UH Cancer Center researcher awarded $4.5 million to study breast and other cancers

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Assistant Professor Lana Garmire was awarded two new National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totaling $4.5 million to use Big Data to study preeclampsia, breast cancer and acute leukemia. “Hawaiʻi is a fertile ground to do big data research. The state has a diversified population for genomics research, and state of the art high performance computing facilities for …

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New cancer treatment strategy discovered for acute myeloid leukemia

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers discovered a novel therapeutic target and treatment strategy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that normally requires prompt and aggressive treatment. “New therapeutic targets and drugs are urgently needed to improve AML patient outcomes,” said Wei Jia, researcher in the UH Cancer Center’s Cancer epidemiology program. “We found an increased use of fructose in AML patients. …

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Undergraduate journal Mānoa Horizons publishes first issue

Mānoa Horizons, a new peer-reviewed academic journal featuring high quality creativity, innovation and research conducted and synthesized by undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has published its first issue this fall. Under the editorship of Christine Beaule, Mānoa Horizons represents a partnership among the UHMānoa’s Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the honors faculty. The journal will be published annually in the fall and …

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New effort to understand drought in Hawaiʻi and U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands

Changing temperature and precipitation patterns related to climate change may exacerbate extreme conditions, like drought, in the Pacific Islands. These conditions can have serious implications for the supply of freshwater on islands, the health of important ecosystems and wildlife species, and the ability of many local communities to continue their traditional ways of life. Abby Frazier, research geographer, recently joined the …

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