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Kathleen Kozak

Health Beat: We Doctors Simply Prescribe Too Many Pain Pills Flickr: Sharyn Morrow

Health Beat: We Doctors Simply Prescribe Too Many Pain Pills

Law enforcement and public education efforts aside, here are some common-sense things the medical community could do to lessen addiction.
Health Beat: Let’s Reconsider That ‘Public Option’ For Health Insurance Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Let’s Reconsider That ‘Public Option’ For Health Insurance

If Medicare were open to younger patients, the program's costs would come down, and the competition would force private insurance rates down as well.
Health Beat: Will We Ban Homegrown Pot Culture We Helped Create?

Health Beat: Will We Ban Homegrown Pot Culture We Helped Create?

Medical marijuana patients were forced to grow their own for 15 years. Why should Hawaii outlaw that practice just because dispensaries are coming?
Health Beat: Prudishness Doesn’t Justify Opposing HPV Vaccinations Pan American Health Organization

Health Beat: Prudishness Doesn’t Justify Opposing HPV Vaccinations

The misguided opposition to a proposal to require this cancer-preventing vaccination seems to be steeped in concerns about sexual activity.
Health Beat: Helping Medicare Patients Without Driving Off Doctors Flickr.com/libertygrace0

Health Beat: Helping Medicare Patients Without Driving Off Doctors

Hawaii shouldn't force all physicians to take Medicare patients. But doctors who don't should pay fees to help those patients get care elsewhere.
Health Beat: California Latest To Pass Right-To-Die Law — Why Not Hawaii? Saud Sarfraz Sheikh/Flickr.com

Health Beat: California Latest To Pass Right-To-Die Law — Why Not Hawaii?

As long as proper safeguards are in place, nothing could be more compassionate than to offer the option of physician-assisted suicide to those suffering a terminal illness.
Health Beat: Will Hawaii Help Pay For Long-Term Health Care? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Will Hawaii Help Pay For Long-Term Health Care?

Medicare doesn't do it, and Medicaid does it only for the indigent. Maybe it's time for state government to provide help for people as they age.
Health Beat: Well-Intentioned CARE Act Actually Lowers Standard Of Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Well-Intentioned CARE Act Actually Lowers Standard Of Care

Why legislate a system that envisions people being cared for by unpaid loved ones when insurance should often be covering professional assistance?
Health Beat: Not All Dementia Is Alzheimer’s DJ/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Not All Dementia Is Alzheimer’s

Medications designed to help Alzheimer's patients can have severe consequences for patients who have the second-most common form of dementia.
Health Beat: Integrative Medicine Blends Eastern, Western Techniques Michael Dorausch/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Integrative Medicine Blends Eastern, Western Techniques

Plenty of traditionally trained medical professionals cite evidence that supports many alternative approaches to health care. It's not an either/or situation.
Health Beat: Don’t Let Anyone Sell You Medical Tests You Don’t Really Need Screenshot: Life Line Screening web site

Health Beat: Don’t Let Anyone Sell You Medical Tests You Don’t Really Need

Companies pushing you to pay for blanket medical screens are boosting their bottom lines, not your health.
Health Beat: It’s Time to Start Screening for Mental Illness Flickr

Health Beat: It’s Time to Start Screening for Mental Illness

We put up with all kinds of security measures in the interest of public safety. Mental illness can also kill us, if the afflicted are allowed to have weapons.