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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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[VIDEO] 60 outstanding nursing alumni recognized at 60th anniversary gala

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene honored 60 nursing alumni at the Sensational 60th Anniversary Gala event held at the Sheraton Waikīkī on June 16. Of the 60 nurses, 6 were inducted into an inaugural Hall of Fame and 54 were recognized for outstanding achievement in leadership, excellence and innovation. The 60 alumni who were …

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Hawaiʻi teens making better choices according to KIDS COUNT 2016

Hawaiʻi ranks 23 in the nation on overall child well-being, a slight improvement from 24th last year, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT©Data Book. The 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book continues to look at child well-being in the midst of the country’s economic recovery, after the recession ended in June 2009. The data book focuses on …

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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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Dr. Randall F. Holcombe approved as next UH Cancer Center director

At a meeting on June 2 on Oʻahu, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents approved Dr. Randall F. Holcombe as UH Cancer Center director. A formal offer has been made to Holcombe. Holcombe has more than 25 years in academic medicine, serving in progressive leadership roles. He currently serves as the chief medical officer for cancer for the Mount Sinai Health System, deputy …

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UH Mānoa partners in National Microbiome Initiative

On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI), a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes—communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere—and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. This initiative represents a combined federal agency investment of more …

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Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research awarded

The 2016 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research was awarded to Brian W. Bowen, Loïc Le Marchand and Kristin Pauker. The research medal is awarded by the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. Regents’ medal honorees Brian W. Bowen Research professor, …

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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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Marjorie Mau first Native Hawaiian woman ranked master physician

Marjorie Mau, a University of Hawaiʻi Native Hawaiian health professor, has become the first Native Hawaiian woman to be recognized with the title of “master” physician by the American College of Physicians. She was welcomed into the ranks of mastership in a convocation ceremony at the American College of Physicians’ annual meeting for internal medicine May 5–7, 2016 in Washington, D.C. …

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