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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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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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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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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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World AIDS Day to include update from UH Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS

Over the past five years approximatley 80 to 100 newly diagnosed cases of HIV have been reported annually in Hawaiʻi. On World AIDS Day, December 1, the Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS will host the 2016 Update: Hawaiʻi to Zero conference, which will detail how the state might realize a Hawaiʻi to Zero goal. Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at …

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Teen Health Camp draws record attendance

The University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine hosted students from as far away as Lānai for the 2016 Fall Teen Health Camp on November 19. The free, one-day event introduced students in grades 6 to 12 to workshops and interactive skill demonstrations presented by medical students and partners with the UH Mānoa Health Careers Partnership Program …

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Chien-Wen Tseng first Hawaiʻi appointment to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Chien-Wen Tseng, a University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) associate professor and associate research director of family medicine and community health, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). “Dr. Tseng is the first USPSTF member appointed from the State of Hawaiʻi,” said UH President David Lassner. “Her perspectives, having worked with diverse communities …

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Mukesh Kumar receives funding to find effective treatment for brain inflammation

Mukesh Kumar at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has received a major grant to support his work to discover an effective treatment for Flavivirus infections, the leading cause of epidemic encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) worldwide. There is no approved antiviral therapy available for treatment of flavivirus infections and they continue to spread globally, triggering illness and even death, including …

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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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