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Kathleen Kozak

Kathleen Kozak, M.D., is an internal medicine physician at Straub Clinic and Hospital. She is also the host of The Body Show on Hawaii Public Radio.
Health Beat: What You Can Do To Help Us All Afford Our Insurance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: What You Can Do To Help Us All Afford Our Insurance

Being a smart consumer when it comes to pharmaceuticals helps to control insurance costs for everyone.

Health Beat: Old People Deserve To Have Choices Too Courtesy: Snowpeak/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Old People Deserve To Have Choices Too

Most of us will eventually give up at least some of our independence. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still have options.

Health Beat: Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace Doctoring, But Might Improve It PDPics

Health Beat: Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace Doctoring, But Might Improve It

Hang onto your smartphones and smartwatches, because they’re going to be tools that help you monitor your own health.

Health Beat: Embracing Advances In Medical Testing Flickr.com

Health Beat: Embracing Advances In Medical Testing

It may seem confusing but there are good reasons that some tests we all took for granted are no longer needed as frequently.

Health Beat: Maybe I Should Look At My Patient Instead Of My Keyboard Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Maybe I Should Look At My Patient Instead Of My Keyboard

During a doctor’s visit, the inputting of digital information can seem nonstop. A good face-to-face conversation might suffice.

Health Beat: The Tricks Drugmakers Use To Keep Prices High Flikr

Health Beat: The Tricks Drugmakers Use To Keep Prices High

Transferring a soon-to-expire pharmaceutical patent to an Indian tribe is only the latest strategy used to thwart development of cheaper generic drugs.

Health Beat: Make Access Easier To Life-Saving Drug For Addicts Mark Oniffrey/Wikimedia

Health Beat: Make Access Easier To Life-Saving Drug For Addicts

Several countries provide naloxone, administered to those who overdose, to opiate users and their families. Hawaii should follow suit.

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Health Beat: Opioid Addiction Less Likely If We Start With Smaller Doses

The FDA is looking at lowering the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, and the same approach could be used for painkillers.

Health Beat: I Have No Idea How Much Medical Services Cost — But You Should Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: I Have No Idea How Much Medical Services Cost — But You Should

Whether Obamacare survives or a GOP health care bill replaces it, the out-of-control cost of services is not sustainable.

Health Beat: The Makers Of Opioids Should Pay For The Crisis They’ve Created Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: The Makers Of Opioids Should Pay For The Crisis They’ve Created

We’ve made the tobacco industry pay for the damage it has caused, but what about the cost of the latest health crisis?

Health Beat: If You Must Cut Medicaid, Protect The Most Vulnerable Vinoth Chandar/Flickr.com

Health Beat: If You Must Cut Medicaid, Protect The Most Vulnerable

Republicans pushing to replace Obamacare might go easier on some Medicaid recipients if they could be separated from the rest.

Health Beat: Why We All Need To Help Solve The Doctor Shortage Getty Images/iStockphoto

Health Beat: Why We All Need To Help Solve The Doctor Shortage

Having access to a primary care provider is good for your health, but it’s no sure thing. We need to get creative to attract more physicians.