The UH study partnered with MAʻO Organic Farms in Waiʻanae, which provides educational and employment opportunities to young people in the area.Read more
The potential vaccine remains viable in extreme heat conditions for several months, which is especially important where the disease outbreaks so far have begun in rural, spread-out areas of hot, dry West Africa.Read more
Honolulu massage therapist Charisma Koffman has introduced a new type of bodywork called “Sarga Bodywork,” which puts a new spinRead more
Short height and long life have a direct connection in Japanese men, according to new research based on the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program (HHP) and the Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HAAS).
“We split people into two groups – those who were 5-foot-2 and shorter, and 5-4 and taller,” said Dr. Bradley Willcox, one of the investigators for the study and a UH Mānoa Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s (JABSOM’s) Department of Geriatric Medicine. “The folks that were 5-2 and shorter lived the longest. The range was seen all the way across from being 5-foot tall to 6-foot tall. The taller you got, the shorter you lived.”
Researchers at the Kuakini Medical Center, JABSOM and U.S. Veterans Affairs worked on the study, which was recently published in PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed medical journal.
The researchers showed that shorter men were more likely to have a protective form of the longevity gene, FOXO3, leading to smaller body size during early development and a longer lifespan. Shorter men were also more likely to have lower blood insulin levels and less cancer.Read more
While Memorial Day is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, it also anchors a traditionally dangerous holiday weekend on the roads. Some studies have found fatalities rise by as much as 30 percent on a day Americans set aside to commemorate the fallen.
Unfortunately, the holiday also presents a challenge to local blood banks, as donations drop when communities focus their attentions elsewhere.
The Blood Bank of Hawaii today put out the call for donors to step up this weekend. “With the upcoming three-day weekend and anticipated low donor turnout, we ask for your help… the need for blood is 365/24/7,” the announcement reads. “Thank you for all your support and effort in helping meet the blood needs of Hawaii’s patients.”Read more
The Hawaii Island Beacon Community (HIBC) has selected 17 community-based projects for its Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Program aiming to effect positive changes in people’s eating, physical activity and tobacco use habits.
Supported by approximately $300,000 of HIBC’s federal funding, the HEAL Projects will run through February 2013 and directly reach over 15,000 Hawaii Island residents in all regions, of all ages, from diverse ethnic groups—including those most at risk.
“We received numerous applications for the HEAL Program from all communities, demonstrating that the people of Hawaii Island are ready to make healthy living a priority,” said Susan B. Hunt, MHA, project director and CEO of HIBC. “We are proud to support 17 HEAL Projects that will deliver innovative, targeted outreach into the communities where it is needed most. As HIBC witnesses and supports the growth of a movement to improve health and health care, we hope to catalyze even greater synergy among organizations and advance the development of long-term solutions.”Read more
For the third year in a row, Hawaii residents were the least likely in the United States to say they felt stressed for much of the previous day. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, only 30.2 percent reported feeling stressed in 2010.
Residents of Utah were the most likely to report experiencing stress, at 45.1 percent.
These state-level data are based on daily surveys conducted from January through December 2010 and encompass more than 350,000 interviews.Read more
A comprehensive plan to work with children who have suffered traumatic brain injuries was presented in Honolulu today at theRead more
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced the expansion of its physician staff and midwifery services on the Big Island with the additionRead more
MEDICOM Technologies, Inc., a purveyor of technically advanced medical identification solutions, has introduced a multimedia-enabled interactive Medical I.D. Wristband. The device readily presents an individual’s complete medical history to emergency treatment personnel in critical situations.
The first-of-its-kind, patent-pending MEDICOM Medical I.D. Wristband could be an industry game changer.Read more
More than 20 million people in the U.S., and many more worldwide, who have been exposed to asbestos are atRead more
Hawaii ranks number 18 nationally in a new state-by-state study on the well-being of America’s children. The 2009 Kids CountRead more
As uncertainty over the H1N1 â€˜swine fluâ€™ virus spreads around the world, a Hawaii-based project is resorting to an innovativeRead more
The Hawaii State Department of Health is warning consumers not to drink apple flavored Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water, which isRead more
The Hawaii State Department of Health is warning isle residents about counterfeit Colgate toothpaste, which may contain harmful bacteria andRead more
Nurses at St. Francis Hospital ratified a one-year contract that calls for pay increases of up to 12 percent, asRead more
When it comes to the treatment of homeless people, Honolulu has been named one of the top ten “meanest cities”Read more
Hawaii has jumped from the 10th to the 4th healthiest state in the nation, according to the 15th annual “America’sRead more
Hawaii’s highest priority for the distribution of publicly-held vaccine are the frail elderly confined to long-term care facilities, the stateRead more
Hawaii’s fight against the crystal methamphetamine or ice epidemic will get a shot in the arm this week, with theRead more
A grocery store in the Chinatown area of Honolulu has been fined nearly $8,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency forRead more
Island physicians and residents are being urged to be especially wary of possible measles infections and to keep up withRead more
With Hawaii ranking first in the nation for the number of tuberculosis cases, the state Department of Health today unveiledRead more
There is at least one reported Hawai`i case of a mysterious, potentially fatal pneumonia-like disease that has health officials nationwideRead more
Gov. Linda Lingle announced today a new public-private partnership aimed at helping Hawaii’s most needy get access to prescription drugsRead more
With diabetes diagnoses reaching “epidemic proportions,” a clinical research study is being conducted in Honolulu to test a medication thatRead more
Nurses at St. Francis Medical Center tonight ratified a three-year contract, signaling the end of a seven-week strike that hobbledRead more
Nurses from Queen’s Medical Center picket along Punchbowl Street. Talks between the nurses and management at the state’s largestRead more