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Aspiring medical students present summer internship projects


Students in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health Summer Research Internship and The Queen’s Medical Center Summer Research Internshippresented their projects at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine on August 5. The interns, Reid Akana, Candace Chan, Jason Seto, Cori Sutton, Lea Lacar and Carin Jaber are undergraduate college students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or clinical research. Sutton, Lacar and Jaber ...

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Cancer treatment algorithm developed by UH Cancer Center

Gordon Okimoto

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers developed a computational algorithm to analyze “big data” obtained from tumor samples to better understand and treat cancer. “A growing problem in cancer research is figuring out how to analyze the many kinds of big genomic data for different cancers,” said Gordon Okimoto, co-director of Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resource at the UH Cancer Center. “The overwhelming quantity ...

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New book sounds alarm on healthcare providers in India

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In a newly published World Health Organization report, “The Health Workforce in India,” co-author University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor of Public Health Victoria Y. Fan has brought attention to the level of education and medical qualifications of physicians and other healthcare providers in India. Fan and co-author Oxford University Professor Sudhir Anand’s 104-page book includes a three-page summary of ...

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Mercury exposure management in northern Canadian communities

Kangirsuk, an Inuit village in northern Nunavik, Quebec, Canada

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor of Public Health Catherine Pirkle is the primary author of “Managing mercury exposure in northern Canadian communities,” which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The journal is ranked in the top 10 medical journals in the world. The review provides guidance for healthcare providers on the effects of mercury exposure and how ...

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Potential new Ebola vaccine has heat-stable formulation

Axel Lehrer

A biopharmaceutical company collaborating with Hawaiʻi scientists on an Ebola vaccine announced that tests on the vaccine, still in development, have shown it is able to retain its effectiveness without refrigeration. This is especially important for many rural areas in Africa that are most at-risk for another Ebola outbreak. “What we’ve just recently shown with the work performed with Soligenix, ...

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Alzheimer’s gene may show effects on brain starting in childhood

John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Linda Chang in front of a brain scan of an 8-year-old child

A gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease and recovery after brain injury may show its effects on the brain and thinking skills as early as childhood, according to a study published in the July 13, 2016, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Prior studies showed that people with the epsilon(ε)4 variant of the apolipoprotein-E ...

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[VIDEO] UH study finds Housing First program improves quality of life for homeless

Housing First participants Chelsie Caban Stevens and daughters

A new University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa study has found that Housing First, an approach that provides homeless people with rapid housing placement, followed by support services as needed, has maintained a 97-percent retention rate in its first year. “The Housing First Project has been very successful,” said Assistant Professor Jack Barile, who co-authored the study, adding that the success ...

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Medicaid coverage for telehealth bill signed by Governor Ige

Governor Ige joined by Rachel Wong, Hawai‘i Department of Human Services director; Sen. Roz Baker; Virginia Pressler, Hawai‘i Department of Health director and Rep. Della Au Belatti

Governor David Ige signed a bill into law today which expands coverage in Hawaiʻi for telemedicine services. Senate Bill 2395, Relating to Telehealth, requires the state’s Medicaid managed care and fee-for-service programs cover services provided through telehealth, stating that these programs “shall not deny coverage for any service provided through telehealth that would be covered if the service were provided ...

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[VIDEO] 60 outstanding nursing alumni recognized at 60th anniversary gala

Nursing alumnae inducted into the Hall of Fame, from left, Sally Ishikawa, Connie Mitchell, Jillian Inouye and Mary Frances Oneha

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene honored 60 nursing alumni at the Sensational 60th Anniversary Gala event held at the Sheraton Waikīkī on June 16. Of the 60 nurses, 6 were inducted into an inaugural Hall of Fame and 54 were recognized for outstanding achievement in leadership, excellence and innovation. The 60 alumni who were ...

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Hawaiʻi teens making better choices according to KIDS COUNT 2016


Hawaiʻi ranks 23 in the nation on overall child well-being, a slight improvement from 24th last year, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT©Data Book. The 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book continues to look at child well-being in the midst of the country’s economic recovery, after the recession ended in June 2009. The data book focuses on ...

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