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UH researcher’s book addresses, analyzes Ebola epidemic

Felix I. Ikuomola

Felix I. Ikuomola, Liberia’s Physician of the Year in 2006, recounts his real-life experiences with Ebola while analyzing the influences of war, cultural traditions, politics and poverty in the spread of the disease in The Ebola Virus and West Africa: Medical and Sociocultural Aspects. Ikuomola is a researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center and a PhD candidate at ...

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Metal-based compound shows promise for kidney cancer patients


Researchers, including University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Professor Joe Ramos, developed a promising metal-based compound that destroys kidney cancer cells, while leaving normal cells unharmed. The findings may provide a new way of treating kidney cancer, opening the potential for more potent and less toxic therapies that would give cancer patients a better quality of life. Kidney cancer is one ...

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Statewide immunization rates for HPV lagging


Raul Rudoy, a University of Hawaiʻi pediatric infectious disease specialist, is among health officials concerned that vaccination rates in Hawaiʻi to prevent the potentially deadly Human Papillomavirus (HPV) are still relatively low. Only 34 percent of females and 15 percent of males in Hawaiʻi have been fully immunized, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. “We’re not talking ...

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First Takasaki endowed professor selected from School of Social Work

Colette Browne

Colette Browne has been named the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work’s first Takasaki Endowed Professor of Social Policy. The professorship is supported through the Richard S. and T. Rose Takasaki Endowment Fund, which was established for the purpose of enhancing the scholarly and research activities of the chair holder. It is awarded on ...

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$2.7 million grant funds liver cancer prevention study

Wei Jia

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researcher Wei Jia has received a five-year $2.7 million grant to study how gut bacteria can damage the liver and eventually promote the development of fibrosis and liver cancer. His study will help researchers design new approaches to preventing liver cancer. Jia, the shared resources director at the UH Cancer Center, received the grant from ...

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Heart failure therapy patent awarded to medical school researcher

Alexander Stokes

A patent has been issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa medical researcher Alexander Stokes who has developed a novel therapy to treat and prevent heart failure. Stokes is an assistant professor of cell and molecular biology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). “Many types of diseases ultimately affect ...

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One in eight children in Hawaiʻi live in poverty, according to KIDS COUNT data


“We have more children in poverty now, more children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, and over a quarter of our children living in families where parents lack secure employment,” explains Ivette Rodriguez Stern of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on the Family. That’s over 40,000 children, or about one in eight, living in poverty in Hawaiʻi—worse than in 2008, ...

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[VIDEO] School of Medicine celebrates 50 years of healing

JABSOM geriatric medicine

On Saturday, July 18, medical students, legislators, instructors and guests celebrated at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fundraising Gala—officially delcared “John A. Burns School of Medicine Day” in Hawaiʻi. “I know as a graduate of UH Mānoa, I am proud of the John A. Burns School of Medicine,” Hawaiʻi Governor ...

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Compounds show potential in fighting brain and breast cancers

UH Cancer Center Chief Academic Lead James Turkson

Researchers have discovered two chemical compounds that effectively stop the growth of brain cancer cells and breast tumors, opening the way for potential new drugs to be developed. “It is particularly encouraging for brain tumor patients, who do not currently have effective treatment options besides surgery,” said Dr. James Turkson, chief academic lead of the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center ...

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Seeking cures from bamboo


A recent article in Time Magazine described a new type of beverage coming to market– bamboo water. The magazine turned to a University of Hawai’i bamboo expert to learn more about the purported benefits of the plant. Dr. Jun Panee, in the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), has been working for nine ...

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