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Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking cigarettes

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Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking tobacco cigarettes, a new study by University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers has found. Adolescents who have never smoked cigarettes, but are using e-cigarettes, are more likely to become cigarette smokers one year later. “Teenage use of electronic cigarettes is an emerging public health issue. There is still a significant ...

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Gastrointestinal cancer researcher receives $100,000 pilot study grant

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The Masami Horio Memorial Fund has awarded $100,000 to Scott Kuwada, a professor in the Clinical and Translational Research Program at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center for his gastrointestinal cancer pilot study. Said Kuwada, “Being awarded the Masami Horio grant to study gastric cancer is special for me, since I too share a personal family connection to gastric cancer ...

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New clinics open at Kakaʻako for multidisciplinary medical care and research

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The University of Hawaiʻi Clinics at Kakaʻako, located at an ʻewa/makai section on the campus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, is the first multi-purpose combined research and medical care clinic to open on a UH campus. “The most important goal of our health research is to fight the diseases that ...

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UH Cancer Center evaluates noni

Credit: Healing Noni

Researchers evaluate if noni has properties that can help fight cancer in early-stage prostate cancer patients in a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center study. “There has been such strong belief through generations of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders that the noni fruit possesses healing properties. Past laboratory research found anti-cancer properties in noni extract,” said Jeffrey Huang, principal investigator and ...

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Researchers find four unrelated families share identical mutation of BAP1 gene

An example of the migration pattern of one of the lineages

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers have discovered members of four families, apparently unrelated and living in different states across the U.S., shared the identical mutation of a gene called BAP1 that causes mesothelioma, melanoma, renal carcinoma and other cancers. This raised two possibilities for the researchers—these four families were related although they did not know it, or researchers had ...

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UH Cancer Center receives $45,000 gift from CoolingCancer.org

Celebrating CoolingCancer’s donation, from left, Jerris Hedges, Drew Santos, Shirley Santos, Charlie Young, Pat Blanchette, Marcus Tius and James Turkson.

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center celebrated CoolingCancer.org’s $45,000 gift raised with proceeds from a golf tournament that took place over the Labor Day weekend. “Over the last three years, this energetic, determined group has donated a total of $100,000 to support cancer research at the UH Cancer Center,” said Jerris Hedges, interim UH Cancer Center director. “Their support is ...

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UH Clinics at Kaka’ako: UH opens first on-campus clinical research space

The UH Clinics at Kakaʻako Reception Area.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine will dedicate the first on-campus clinical research space, the University of Hawaiʻi Clinics at Kakaʻako, on Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. with a blessing and the untying of a kukui leaf lei (kukui because it is a Native Hawaiian healing plant), followed by an Open House. The University of Hawaiʻi Clinics at Kakaʻako ...

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Andrew and Mary Weinberg Foundation supports cancer immunotherapy research at UH Cancer Center

From left: John A. Burns School of Medicine dean and UH Cancer Center interim director Jerris Hedges, Andrew Weinberg, UH Cancer Center interim associate director Patricia Blanchette and UH Cancer Center professor Joe Ramos.

The Andrew and Mary Weinberg Foundation has donated $150,000 to establish the Andrew and Mary Weinberg Cancer Immunotherapy Fund at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center. This fund will support research-related activities in cancer immunotherapy including the recruitment of a lead researcher in cancer immunotherapy, research supplies and equipment, expenditures related to meetings and conferences, travel expenses for speakers and ...

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UH Cancer Center clinical trial could lead to new bladder cancer drug

Dr. Charles Rosser, director of the UH Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office

A bladder cancer drug tested in a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center clinical trial gets closer to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. The new drug, an interleukin 15 superagonist complex (ALT-803), combined with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is expected to be more effective for patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, the most common type of bladder cancer. “The last time ...

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New way to measure if people are pre-diabetic discovered

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A panel of markers have been discovered that helps identify if people are pre-diabetic by measuring the fatty acids in their blood. This discovery by University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers may allow physicians to warn patients years before the onset of diabetes, therefore allowing them to change their lifestyle patterns and potentially avoiding the diagnosis of a chronic disease. ...

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