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Kathleen Kozak

Health Beat: Time for Public Campaign About the Dangers of Pain Pills Flickr: Sharyn Morrow

Health Beat: Time for Public Campaign About the Dangers of Pain Pills

Not just addictive, they're insidious. When they block pain receptors, the body makes more receptors, requiring a higher dose to keep blocking them.
Health Beat: What If Planned Parenthood Didn’t Exist? Charlotte Cooper/Flickr.com

Health Beat: What If Planned Parenthood Didn’t Exist?

There are calls to take away its federal funding, but the organization actually saves taxpayer dollars while providing essential services.
Health Beat: Should We Ask About Depression If We Can’t Treat It? Eddi van W./Flickr.com

Health Beat: Should We Ask About Depression If We Can’t Treat It?

Primary care providers are being advised to routinely question adult patients about their mental health, but the treatment options may be few, especially for those on Medicare and Medicaid.
Health Beat: What If Medicare Wasn’t There? Flickr.com/libertygrace0

Health Beat: What If Medicare Wasn’t There?

A system that's proven remarkably effective at improving the lives of America's seniors has now been around for half a century.
Health Beat: Hawaii Fails the Elderly When It Cuts Long-Term Care Services

Health Beat: Hawaii Fails the Elderly When It Cuts Long-Term Care Services

The looming cutbacks at state-run nursing homes have residents worried. And mainstream hospitals may have cause for concern as well.
Health Beat: The Care Act of 2015 Marks the Return of ‘Death Panels’ Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Health Beat: The Care Act of 2015 Marks the Return of ‘Death Panels’

Doctors familiar with the wastefulness of extreme efforts to save terminal patients should encourage their patients to express their will before it’s too late.
Health Beat: Doctors Angle to Make Extra Money From Elite Access Flickr.com

Health Beat: Doctors Angle to Make Extra Money From Elite Access

A new concierge system offers access to quality care only to Hawaii patients who pay a premium, which places strain on other primary care doctors.

Health Beat: Americans Can Become More Productive by Working Less Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Americans Can Become More Productive by Working Less

When we work too much, we become less productive. That needs to change.
Health Beat: When Nature Calls While You’re Swimming

Health Beat: When Nature Calls While You’re Swimming

Unless you're next to corals or in a spot with still water, urinating in the ocean is no big deal. It's a different story in a swimming pool.
Health Beat: The Single-Payer System – Maybe it’s Time for Another Look

Health Beat: The Single-Payer System – Maybe it’s Time for Another Look

Could the billions of dollars America spends on health care be allotted more efficiently, with better service for patients?
Health Beat: When a Couple Splits Up, Who Owns the Embryos? Nita Lind/Flickr.com

Health Beat: When a Couple Splits Up, Who Owns the Embryos?

This is an issue that the courts must decide, but in disputes over what should happen to frozen embryos, the rights of fathers and mothers should be equal.
Health Beat: Here’s One Doctor Who Isn’t Sold on Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21 Flickr: Dexters

Health Beat: Here’s One Doctor Who Isn’t Sold on Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21

There's no doubt 18- to 20-year-olds are better off if they never light up, but how far do we want to push the criminalization of unhealthy behavior?