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Pregnant women of Filipino ancestry should be monitored more closely for preterm birth

Baby's Foot In Mother's Hand

UH medical research links higher rates of premature births among Filipino women to genetic variant Scientists at the University of Hawai`i (UH) have uncovered a genetic explanation for why Filipino women in the state have a higher chance of delivering their babies before full term. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths in the United States. Being born ... Read More »

Health data to be collected on Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

Hawaii hula dancers

“A huge step forward” is how John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Dean Jerris Hedges describes the announcement about the U.S. government taking steps to improve the collection of health data for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders National Health Interview Survey, beginning February 2014, will include ... Read More »

Dengue detection kit can diagnose virus in under five hours

Mosquito

University of Hawai`i at Mānoa scientists have found that a commercially available, FDA-approved dengue detection kit bests the former “gold standard” test by producing results in under five hours. A study conducted at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) sought to evaluate the use of the commercially available, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved InBios Dengue virus IgM ... Read More »

Piglets glow green, thanks to UHM scientists’ reproductive technique

Piglets glow green, thanks to UHM scientists’ reproductive technique

Along with red, green is the color of this holiday season. And bright green is showing up in more than just decorations.  In Guangdong Province in Southern China, ten transgenic piglets have been born this year, six of them since August, and under a black light, they glow a greenish tint. A technique developed by reproductive scientists from the University ... Read More »

Two Y genes can replace the entire Y chromosome for assisted reproduction in mice

Mother mouse with litter

The Y chromosome is a symbol of maleness, present only in males and encoding genes important for male reproduction. But live mouse progeny can be generated with assisted reproduction using germ cells from males with the Y chromosome contribution limited to only two genes: the testis determinant factor Sry and the spermatogonial proliferation factor Eif2s3y. “Does this mean that the ... Read More »

JABSOM awarded $18.4 million to fund Hawai`i Statewide Research and Education Partnership

JABSOM researchers

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has been awarded $18.4 million over five years for a “Hawai`i Statewide Research and Education Partnership” (HISREP) under the IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Robert Nichols. The Program Coordinator is Dr. ... Read More »

Jellyfish research leads to ‘sting stopper’ for Nyad’s Cuba-to-Florida swim

Jellyfish researcher

“The Jellyfish Lady.”  That’s the way the DISCOVERY CHANNEL is currently describing Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai`i. The intrepid biomedical researcher is regularly featured in news articles and scientific documentaries, which recognize her as one of the world’s most accomplished experts in box jellyfish. Dr. Yanagihara has developed ... Read More »

Mountain West Research Consortium: Improving clinical and translational research

Researchers in laboratory

There’s a different kind of “Mountain West”—this one isn’t about athletics, it’s about research, and the University of Hawai`i Mānoa is a part of it. The “Mountain West Research Consortium,” founded in March 2009, was formed to strengthen biomedical research throughout 13 universities by leveraging each other’s activities. The National Institute of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded ... Read More »

International biomedical collaboration produces ‘glowing green rabbits’

Green baby rabbits

Using an active transgenesis technique founded by medical researchers at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, scientists in Turkey have produced glowing green rabbits. This is the first time the UH technique has been used to produce rabbits. The transgenic rabbits were born last week at the University of Istanbul. In normal lighting, they look just like their furry, white ... Read More »

Natural dietary supplement demonstrates positive results in the fight against diabetes

Group photograph of alternative medicine dept.

By Kathleen Kihmm Connolly Research conducted by the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) department has demonstrated that a dietary supplement containing 5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) has the potential to prevent or delay the progression of diabetes in pre-diabetic populations (Rodriguez et al. 2012). In their study researchers demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in two hours ... Read More »

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