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Native Hawaiian health programs receive $3M Queen’s Health Systems investment

Third-year medical student Nash Witten, right, shown enjoying his neighbor island clerkship training, supported by The Queen’s Health Systems. Also pictured at Waikoloa Medical Arts, from left, Linda Robertson, Stewart Lawrence and Chris Tom.

The Queen’s Health Systems (QHS) is investing nearly $3 million dollars over the next five years for education and community programs to improve the health of Native Hawaiians. The $2.8 million recently pledged brings the total QHS investment in the University of Hawaiʻi Native Hawaiian Health programs to $10 million since 2002. QHS support has allowed the John A. Burns ...

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Y gene not necessary for assisted reproduction of mice

Three males lacking any Y chromosome genes produced by ROSI. The males shown on the left and right are 2 years and 1 month old, and the male in the center is 1 year and 10 months old. Photo credit: Yasuhiro Yamauchi.

The Y chromosome is a symbol of maleness, present only in males and encoding genes important for male reproduction. But a new study has shown that live mouse progeny can be generated with assisted reproduction using germ cells from males which do not have any Y chromosome genes. This discovery adds a new light to discussions on Y chromosome gene ...

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Long-term impacts of repetitive head trauma focus of conference


The University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine Pathology Residency Program joins with the Gary O. Galiher Foundation and the Hawaiʻi Concussion Awareness Management Program to host a two-day conference, January 28 and 29, on a topic of growing concern—the long-term impacts of brain damage and repetitive head trauma. Evidence is mounting that repeated blows to the head ...

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Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking cigarettes


Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking tobacco cigarettes, a new study by University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers has found. Adolescents who have never smoked cigarettes, but are using e-cigarettes, are more likely to become cigarette smokers one year later. “Teenage use of electronic cigarettes is an emerging public health issue. There is still a significant ...

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Gastrointestinal cancer researcher receives $100,000 pilot study grant


The Masami Horio Memorial Fund has awarded $100,000 to Scott Kuwada, a professor in the Clinical and Translational Research Program at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center for his gastrointestinal cancer pilot study. Said Kuwada, “Being awarded the Masami Horio grant to study gastric cancer is special for me, since I too share a personal family connection to gastric cancer ...

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UH issues Cancer Center business plan update

UH Cancer Center building

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center’s proposed business plan update has been posted to the Board of Regents website. Download the full report (PDF) The 2016 business plan provides an updated summary of the university’s objectives for the center and a two phase solution based approach to align the center’s education, research and improved patient care mission as Hawaiʻi’s only ...

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New clinics open at Kakaʻako for multidisciplinary medical care and research


The University of Hawaiʻi Clinics at Kakaʻako, located at an ʻewa/makai section on the campus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, is the first multi-purpose combined research and medical care clinic to open on a UH campus. “The most important goal of our health research is to fight the diseases that ...

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[VIDEO] New experiments determine effective treatments for box jelly stings

Angel Yanagihara collecting jellyfish in Waikiki, Hawaii

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa developed an array of highly innovative experiments to allow scientists to safely test first-aid measures used for box jellyfish stings—from folk tales, like urine, to state-of-the-art technologies developed for the military. The power of this new array approach, published this week in the journal Toxins, is in its ability to rigorously assess the ...

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Cellular pathway that may re-energize immune cells to eliminate HIV discovered

Lead author Glen Chew presents the findings of the study in Vancouver.

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi and Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) have revealed a novel new immune pathway that can be targeted to increase the immune system’s ability to eliminate HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS. The research team led by Lishomwa Ndhlovu at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS, and Jonah ...

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What children eat when they’re on their own

Fresh foods_CTAHR

In collaboration with a multi-state team of researchers, Jinan Banna, assistant professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), has published a paper in the journal Nutrients assessing the influence of parenting practices on eating behaviors of early adolescents during independent eating occasions and the implications for obesity prevention. Early adolescents consume foods and beverages during eating occasions that occur ...

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