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Oral bacteria linked to preterm labor in Hawaiʻi

A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa nursing study will examine placental tissue samples from women in Hawaiʻi who experienced preterm labor for the presence and type of oral bacteria. Oral bacteria that cause dental decay (cavities) can be transmitted through the bloodstream from the mouth to other parts of the body, including the placenta, and can contribute to the development …

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Zika virus-infected mothers delivered babies with microcephaly as early as 2009

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) scientists have discovered that severe birth defects related to infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV) occurred much earlier than in 2016, when the connection was first made between the virus and an increased likelihood of microcephaly during outbreaks of ZIKV infection in Brazil and Puerto Rico. UH scientists …

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UH Mānoa professor named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds

Marketing professor Stephen L. Vargo of the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business has once again been named to Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds for 2016. This is Vargo’s third consecutive year to be selected as a top cited researcher in the field of marketing. Vargo’s research has nearly 30,000 citations, according to Google Scholar—approximately 8,000, according to the …

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Medical school continues speech-hearing program collaboration with China

On December 5, professors from the Kunming Medical University in southwestern China visited the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to continue an extraordinary collaboration with the medical school. Earlier this year, Kunming Medical University realized a groundbreaking accomplishment—achieved with assistance from the UH medical school—establishing China’s first-ever accredited academic program in speech and hearing. Related …

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Child welfare education collaboration revitalized

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is committed to addressing social work shortages in child welfare through its partnership with State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services and announces the revitalization of the Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration Project (HCWEC). ​HCWEC seeks to provide a training pipeline to develop a highly …

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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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