Hawaii

Publication Title: 
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Okinawans, who have a different ethnicity and food cultural history to other Japanese nationals, and an exceptional longevity have been studied at home and as migrant groups in Hawaii and Brazil. Biomarkers for fish and soy intake and intervention studies indicate that these foods, along with seaweed and green vegetables are candidates for chronic non-communicable disease prevention.

Author(s): 
Yamori, Y.
Miura, A.
Taira, K.
Publication Title: 
The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences

BACKGROUND: High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) gene deficiency mutations that increase HDL-C levels have been associated with exceptional longevity. However, a recent clinical trial of a promising CETP inhibitor that markedly increases HDL-C was terminated due to increased mortality. In light of this controversy, we examined the relationship among HDL-C, CETP mutations, and longevity phenotypes in the long-lived Japanese-American men of the Honolulu Heart Program (HHP).

Author(s): 
Koropatnick, Tanya A.
Kimbell, Jennifer
Chen, Randi
Grove, John S.
Donlon, Timothy A.
Masaki, Kamal H.
Rodriguez, Beatriz L.
Willcox, Bradley J.
Yano, Katsuhiko
Curb, J. David
Publication Title: 
Preventive Medicine

BACKGROUND: Assessing a combination of modifiable lifestyle practices may be a practical tool to modify patients' health behavior in counseling. Therefore, we developed a chronic disease risk index (CDRI) and investigated its relation with chronic disease in a multiethnic cohort. METHODS: A total of 15,693 men and 16,007 women in Hawaii who reported their diet and other lifestyle behaviors between 1975 and 1980 were followed until 1994.

Author(s): 
Meng, L.
Maskarinec, G.
Lee, J.
Kolonel, L. N.
Publication Title: 
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Okinawans, who have a different ethnicity and food cultural history to other Japanese nationals, and an exceptional longevity have been studied at home and as migrant groups in Hawaii and Brazil. Biomarkers for fish and soy intake and intervention studies indicate that these foods, along with seaweed and green vegetables are candidates for chronic non-communicable disease prevention.

Author(s): 
Yamori, Y.
Miura, A.
Taira, K.
Publication Title: 
World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics
Author(s): 
Okuyama, Harumi
Ichikawa, Yuko
Sun, Yueji
Hamazaki, Tomohito
Lands, W. E. M.
Publication Title: 
Hawaii Medical Journal

JABSOM takes its responsibility to improve health among Hawai'i's people to heart. The school's vision is, ALOHA: to Attain Lasting Optimal Health for All, a theme adopted through a strategic planning process which engaged JABSOM's partners in the health and life sciences including its private sector collaborators and its sister colleges throughout the University of Hawai'i's ten-campus system.

Author(s): 
Shelton, Tina M.
Hedges, Jerris R.
Publication Title: 
Prehospital and Disaster Medicine

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a key strategy used in the United States to assure an adequate surge capacity healthcare workforce for response to disasters. A survey of Hawaiian healthcare providers (n = 1,057) was conducted to identify factors that influence interest, ability, and willingness to join the MRC; 468 (44.3%) healthcare providers responded.

Author(s): 
Qureshi, Kristine
Gershon, Robyn M.
Conde, Francisco
Publication Title: 
Hawaii Medical Journal

Living-renal transplant (LRT) is the most effective treatment for endstage renal disease (ESRD), and innovative strategies to increase donation are needed. We reviewed our ethnically/culturally diverse program to identify factors that contribute to donors' decision to participate. Records of 110 LRT (related:unrelated = 66:44) and respective donors (1999-2005) were reviewed for demographics, outcome, education, employment, language, religion, and motivation. One and 5-year graft survival were 98.2% and 92% respectively.

Author(s): 
Park, Chan W.
Limm, Whitney M.
Wong, Linda L.
Publication Title: 
Hawaii Medical Journal

INTRODUCTION: There were only few studies addressing the physicians' training, attitudes, and utilization of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, compared to the well-documented escalating use of CAM among consumers. Patients who use CAM, however often do not disclose their utilization to their physicians. This study thus surveyed knowledge, attitudes, and practices of complementary and alternative medicine among physicians on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) provided physicians' names and contact information.

Author(s): 
Chan, Pon-Sang
Wong, Michelle M.
Publication Title: 
Hawaii Medical Journal

INTRODUCTION: There are hundreds of millions of cases of malaria each year worldwide resulting in a million deaths. These deaths are mostly due to Plasmodium falciparum. The only Federal Drug Administration approved treatment for severe malaria is intravenous quinidine gluconate. Intravenous quinidine is increasingly unavailable in the United States. In 2007, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention implemented an investigational new drug protocol to allow the use of intravenous artesunate for cases of severe malaria in the United States.

Author(s): 
Callender, David M.
Hsue, Gunther

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