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Teen mothers may have higher heart risks

Women who became first-time mothers as teens were significantly more likely than older mothers to have greater risks for heart and blood vessel disease later in life, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Catherine Pirkle, an assistant professor in the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, served as lead author. “If adolescent childbirth increases …

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UH attracts $23M federal investment to Hawaiʻi to reduce health disparities

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will receive more than $23 million from now through 2022 for a specialized center focused on advancing health for citizens who suffer disproportionately from genetic, environmental and socio-economic related disparities in health and health-care access. The Ola HAWAIʻI (Ola means health or to heal in Hawaiian, and HAWAIʻI stands for Health And Wellness Achieved by Impacting Inequalities) Specialized Research Center will support …

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Inadequate housing plays a large role in unnecessary hospitalizations

Homelessness and inadequate housing are major causes of unnecessary hospitalizations, according to a study by University of Hawaiʻi researchers. The study, “I Need my Own Place to get Better”: Patient Perspectives on the Role of Housing in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations, is from an ongoing project to understand and reduce potentially preventable hospitalizations for diabetes and heart disease in Hawaiʻi. Principal investigator and Office of Public Health …

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Global health researcher Catherine Pirkle selected as a Fulbright Specialist

Catherine Pirkle, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor in the Office of Public Health Studies, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist by the J. William Fulbright Council for International Exchange of Scholars. She will collaborate with faculty at the College of Health Sciences of Trairí (FACISA), which is a rural satellite campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande …

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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 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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Office of Public Health hosts UH-Fudan Public Health Summit

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) hosted a UH-Fudan Public Health Summit September 26–28. Eight faculty members from Fudan University and Wuhan University in China—including Wen Chen, dean of the Fudan School of Public Health—attended the summit at East-West Center’s Jefferson Hall. During the summit, UH Mānoa signed an agreement with Fudan University for …

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Benefits and risks of fish consumption provided by new app

BeneFISHiary, an app created in part by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Public Health Studies Assistant Professor Catherine Pirkle, provides location-specific data and the risks and benefits of Bermudian fish species. Pirkle worked in close collaboration with Philippe Rouja of the Ocean and Human Health Research Programme in Bermuda and Tidjane Tall of HUACTIVE. App users can search or browse …

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Infant mortality in post-earthquake Haiti

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Victoria Fan, Associate Professor Timothy Halliday and Bradley Chen (National Yang-Ming University) investigated infant and child mortality after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Their study “The impact of internal displacement on child mortality in post-earthquake Haiti: a difference-in-differences analysis” was published in the International Journal for Equity in Health. The study found that births …

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New book sounds alarm on healthcare providers in India

In a newly published World Health Organization report, “The Health Workforce in India,” co-author University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor of Public Health Victoria Y. Fan has brought attention to the level of education and medical qualifications of physicians and other healthcare providers in India. Fan and co-author Oxford University Professor Sudhir Anand’s 104-page book includes a three-page summary of …

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