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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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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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ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

An astronomy doctoral candidate whose software automated the search for small planets has been named the ARCS Foundation Honolulu 2016 Scholar of the Year. Benjamin “BJ” Fulton received the 2016 Columbia ARCS Award in Astronomy. He was one of 12 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students awarded unrestricted grants from the foundation’s Honolulu chapter, which has been supporting outstanding University …

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Potential new Ebola vaccine has heat-stable formulation

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

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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Medicaid coverage for telehealth bill signed by Governor Ige

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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UH Mānoa researchers to study live Zika virus

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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UH medical school ranks high for women in faculty and leadership

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is a national leader among medical colleges for the number of women faculty at the school. According to the latest data from the American Association of Medical Colleges, 46 percent of faculty at JABSOM are women, placing JABSOM eighth among the 129 U.S. medical schools for its …

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