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Health services researcher Tetine Sentell chosen as a Fulbright specialist

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher Tetine Sentell has been selected as a Fulbright specialist by the J. William Fulbright Council for International Exchange of Scholars. An associate professor in the Office of Public Health Studies at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Sentell will collaborate with public health faculty at the University of Medicine in Tirana, Albania. …

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UH medical school faculty opens new surgery clinic

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Surgery faculty members have opened a new clinic and are taking new patients and referrals. The clinic is located at The Queen’s Medical Center, Physician Office Building II, suite 207. The clinic provides care for patients in the preoperative, operative and postoperative period for a wide …

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Marijuana compounds show promise in treatment of cardiac disease

A Nevada company is hoping to develop new medicines for heart failure using compounds in marijuana and a novel therapy identified by a University of Hawaiʻi researcher. Alexander Stokes, assistant research professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, obtained a U.S. patent for his novel therapy in 2015. The patent …

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Updated HPV vaccine recommendations endorsed by nation’s cancer centers and health organizations

Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for the human papilloma virus (HPV), the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, John A. Burns School of Medicine and Hawaiʻi Department of Health have united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in issuing a joint statement in support of recently revised recommendations from the Centers for …

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Oral bacteria linked to preterm labor in Hawaiʻi

A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa nursing study will examine placental tissue samples from women in Hawaiʻi who experienced preterm labor for the presence and type of oral bacteria. Oral bacteria that cause dental decay (cavities) can be transmitted through the bloodstream from the mouth to other parts of the body, including the placenta, and can contribute to the development …

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Zika virus-infected mothers delivered babies with microcephaly as early as 2009

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) scientists have discovered that severe birth defects related to infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV) occurred much earlier than in 2016, when the connection was first made between the virus and an increased likelihood of microcephaly during outbreaks of ZIKV infection in Brazil and Puerto Rico. UH scientists …

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UH Mānoa professor named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds

Marketing professor Stephen L. Vargo of the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business has once again been named to Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds for 2016. This is Vargo’s third consecutive year to be selected as a top cited researcher in the field of marketing. Vargo’s research has nearly 30,000 citations, according to Google Scholar—approximately 8,000, according to the …

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Medical school continues speech-hearing program collaboration with China

On December 5, professors from the Kunming Medical University in southwestern China visited the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to continue an extraordinary collaboration with the medical school. Earlier this year, Kunming Medical University realized a groundbreaking accomplishment—achieved with assistance from the UH medical school—establishing China’s first-ever accredited academic program in speech and hearing. Related …

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Child welfare education collaboration revitalized

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is committed to addressing social work shortages in child welfare through its partnership with State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services and announces the revitalization of the Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration Project (HCWEC). ​HCWEC seeks to provide a training pipeline to develop a highly …

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How Zika is spread through sex

One of the newest, and potentially most worrisome, ways the Zika virus can spread is through unprotected sex. A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa scientist Saguna Verma has received the first U.S. Zika-response funding in Hawaiʻi to research how the Zika virus infection in men makes them susceptible to transmit the virus to their sexual partners, even though they may …

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