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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

Tilapia growing in an aquaponics system

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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Critical shortage of care found in Hawaiʻi’s early learning system

Cover of "Hawaiʻi Early Learning Need Assessment" report

A new report from the University of Hawaiʻi Center on the Family finds that Hawaiʻi lacks sufficient childcare and preschool seats to meet the community’s needs, and has some of the nation’s least-affordable care. The report provides a statewide assessment of the early learning system for children from birth through age five and focuses on child care and preschool centers, family child care homes and …

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UH undergrads win national awards for their health sciences research in Africa

Michael Fernandez and Jovikka Antallan on stage with other conference award winners.

Two University of Hawaiʻi undergraduate students Jovikka Antallan and Michael Fernandez, who conducted health science research in Africa, received national awards for their presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Arizona. Fewer than two dozen students, from among several hundred participants, were honored with Outstanding Presentation awards. Antallan examined whether testing by saliva for a parasite that causes malaria would be simpler and …

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UH Cancer Center postdoctoral fellow receives Italian Scientists Award

Angela Bononi

Angela Bononi, a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center thoracic oncology postdoctoral fellow, was one of five recipients of the prestigious 2017 Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) Awards presented at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. “There are no words, neither in English nor in Italian, to express how much winning this ISSNAF award means to me,” she said. Bononi received the Hoan …

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Technology showcase highlights UH researchers

Wei-Kung Wang of JABSOM presents his development

Potential game-changing research from three University of Hawaiʻi professors were highlighted at the UH Tech Showcase held on October 18 at the Bankers’ Club at First Hawaiian Center. Presentations from the fields of oceanography, tropical medicine and tropical agriculture were made to an invitation-only audience of more than 30 local investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders. “These are three examples of the world-class research being continuously …

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Marjorie Mau honored with Creighton University alumni award

Marjorie Mau receives award

Marjorie K. Leimomi Mala Mau with the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) was awarded the Creighton University Alumni Merit Award during homecoming festivities on September 15. Mau, one of only three women to receive the alumni merit award in the school’s history, was also asked to deliver a keynote lecture on Public Participation in Research to Address Health Disparities. Mau is professor …

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Nearly $6.3M grant to expand promising Ebola vaccine research awarded to UH researcher

Axel Lehrer

University of Hawaiʻi vaccine researcher Axel Lehrer, has received a $6.35 million grant to test whether the Ebola vaccine formula he has developed will protect against two additional viruses in the same family. The Ebola vaccine that UH has created is “heat stable,” which means it does not need refrigeration, and could be easily transported and stored in the hottest climates on Earth, like Africa, …

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Preventing Zika from harming unborn children

Mukesh Kumar

With a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, infectious disease scientist Mukesh Kumar, of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), will investigate the Zika virus in pregnant women. His goal is to develop strategies to prevent transmission of the disease to the fetus. “We want to understand how the Zika virus is transmitted to the fetus, how the virus …

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UH researchers among the world’s top experts on selenium

Marla Berry and Peter Hoffman

The Journal of Biological Chemistry selected a scientific article on the unique family of proteins containing selenium by Marla Berry and Peter Hoffmann as among the research highlights of the year in the biomedical sciences. Berry and Hoffmann are University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine professors. Selenium is an antioxidant nutrient that can protect humans from metabolic, cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as many …

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