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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.
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Health Beat: Feds Should Stop Restricting Medical Marijuana Research

Cannabis has potential for treating various disorders, but pharmaceutical companies won’t do their thing while it’s a Schedule 1 drug.

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Health Beat: Doctor’s Office Experience Is Going To Radically Change

The technology is already here to transform medical services, so providers need to get on board.

Health Beat: If I’m Pushing Flu Shots For Patients I Should Get One Too Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: If I’m Pushing Flu Shots For Patients I Should Get One Too

When it comes to medical workers receiving the annual vaccination, Hawaii lags behind the national average.

Health Beat: I Support Medical Aid In Dying As A Doctor And A Daughter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: I Support Medical Aid In Dying As A Doctor And A Daughter

The time has come for Hawaii to offer the choice that every terminally ill person of sound mind should have.

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Health Beat: Amazon Wants To Revolutionize Medicine — It’s About Time!

Faster service, universal records and shipment of food and medications may make it the largest health retailer in the world.

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Health Beat: If You Need Dialysis Medicare Has You Covered

The HMSA struck a blow for lower insurance premiums when it announced it would no longer accept third-party payments for dialysis.

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Health Beat: You No Longer Have To Buy Insurance So Why Do It?

It's expensive and you may be perfectly healthy. Here's why you should resist the temptation to roll the dice and be uninsured.
Health Beat: Are Primary Care Providers Becoming Obsolete? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Are Primary Care Providers Becoming Obsolete?

Walk-in clinics are more convenient, especially when they partner with pharmacies. But doctors like me still have something to offer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.