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Community health outreach program expands services to include wound care

The Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent AIDS (CHOW) Project was the first in the nation to offer statewide syringe exchange services. Given the high frequency of wounds associated with injection drug use, CHOW has recently expanded services for their participants to include community-based wound care. Initially established in 1989 as a University of Hawai‘i (UH) research project, CHOW received …

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UH medical school part of $157 million NIH award for childhood health

Children in Hawaiʻi will directly benefit from a seven-year, $157 million initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) launched by the National Institutes of Health. The ECHO program will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development—from conception through early childhood—influences the health of children and adolescents. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of …

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UH researcher will test a cure for HIV through a shock and kill strategy

The laboratory of University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa Associate Professor Lishomwa Ndhlovu, has been awarded two new grants from the National Institutes of Health, including prestigious R01 level funding, to advance his strategy to cure HIV. The new awards to Ndhlovu, of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Tropical Medicine and Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS, comes on the heels of the discovery his lab, in collaboration with the Maunakea …

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Researchers find potential signature of cognitive function in people living with HIV

University of Hawaiʻi researchers have identified a unique epigenetic footprint in specific types of immune cells from blood that can identify individuals with HIV that have a range of impairments in cognitive function. Reliable biomarkers such as that identified by the researchers offer insight into how HIV associated cognitive impairment develops but also promises improved diagnostic testing and improved treatment decisions. The findings …

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UH Mānoa now the official hub for statewide health data

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s TASI-Pacific Health Informatics and Data Center (PHIDC) is now the official hub for storing statewide health data that will ensure that all U.S. health records are upheld. Formerly known as Telecommunications and Social Informatics, the name change acknowledges the center’s new role within the Science Research Institute in the College of Social Science. TASI-PHIDC will serve as a health data …

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Zika video released by UH’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaiʻi focuses on natural hazards like climate change and other threats to coastal and island communities. Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, NDPTC has developed a short video in partnership with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Health and the …

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First community-based overdose and naloxone program begins in Hawaiʻi

The CHOW Project, in collaboration with University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi (the faculty practice of the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine), will begin to distribute kits to the people at risk of an opioid overdose. The kits contain an injectable medicine that can reverse lethal doses of opioid drugs. Drug users in the community who have …

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Doctor supply grew but statewide shortage is still apparent

The doctor shortage in Hawaiʻi eased a bit in the past year, as 97 new physicians received licenses to practice. That’s compared to the year before, when the number of newly licensed doctors was only four. The latest figures are from the Hawaiʻi Physician Workforce Assessment, released today. The survey, by the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of …

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New book focuses on challenges faced by youth dealing with lasting legacies of colonialism

Serving as a catalyst for thought-provoking discussions, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professors Katherine Irwin and Karen Umemoto’s new book offers a critical analysis of Hawaiʻi’s urban and rural youth who face poverty, racism, sexism and political neglect in the context of 200 years of American colonial control in the Pacific. Titled Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent …

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Future Focus brings together top experts in innovation, technology and medical research

The Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable and the University of Hawaiʻi will host the second annual Future Focus: The Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Medical Research, Cybersecurity and More. The day-and-a-half conference will be held on October 5–6, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort. The forum will feature presentations, interactive panel discussions, “poolside chats,” workshops and a networking reception, offering …

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