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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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UH Mānoa researchers to study live Zika virus

Vivek Nerurkar in his laboratory

The Hawaiʻi State Board of Agriculture approved the University of Hawaiʻi’s application to import live Zika virus so research into finding a vaccine can get under way at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The birth of two infants on Oʻahu in December 2015 to mothers infected with the Zika virus illustrated how little is understood about Zika, and sparked ...

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Corals and humans share genes


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa scientists at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) have published new research showing that corals share many of the genes humans possess, especially those that can sense temperature and acidity, both of which are important to keeping both coral and humans healthy. The findings, published in the journal eLife, are the ...

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Dr. Randall F. Holcombe approved as next UH Cancer Center director

UH Cancer Center building

At a meeting on June 2 on Oʻahu, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents approved Dr. Randall F. Holcombe as UH Cancer Center director. A formal offer has been made to Holcombe. Holcombe has more than 25 years in academic medicine, serving in progressive leadership roles. He currently serves as the chief medical officer for cancer for the Mount Sinai Health System, deputy ...

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UH Mānoa partners in National Microbiome Initiative

President Barack Obama at the National Institute of Health. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI), a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes—communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere—and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. This initiative represents a combined federal agency investment of more ...

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