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Kathleen Kozak

Health Beat: Better Things to Do Than Regulating Homeopathy Richard Craig/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Better Things to Do Than Regulating Homeopathy

Many over-the-counter remedies don't work, but the FDA is better served going after supplements and analyzing new drugs.
Health Beat: Protect Pilot Privacy or the Lives of Innocents? Hans135797531 via Wikimedia Commons

Health Beat: Protect Pilot Privacy or the Lives of Innocents?

The intentional crashing of a plane in the Alps raises troubling questions about how we deal with pilots who are medically or psychologically unfit to fly.
Health Beat: A New Prescription for Better Mental Health Care Pöllö via Wikimedia Commons

Health Beat: A New Prescription for Better Mental Health Care

Medical doctors are able to write prescriptions for psychological diagnoses. Why shouldn't properly trained psychologists be able to prescribe drugs for mental health reasons?
Health Beat: Why Do We Still Need a Prescription for Birth Control Pills? Parenting Patch via Wikimedia Commons

Health Beat: Why Do We Still Need a Prescription for Birth Control Pills?

Recent approval of yet another prescription-free emergency contraceptive helps make the case that regular birth control should be available OTC, too.
Health Beat: The Genetic Crystal Ball – Would You Want To Know? Christian Ude

Health Beat: The Genetic Crystal Ball – Would You Want To Know?

It's time for the FDA to lift its ban on commercially available genetic testing and give consumers the power to affect their own medical futures.
Health Beat: Hawaii’s Nursing Homes — When the Best Is Far From Enough Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Hawaii’s Nursing Homes — When the Best Is Far From Enough

Three in every four available nursing home beds in the state are in facilities that aren’t good enough.
Health Beat: Is Your Hospital Making You Sicker? http://commons.wikimedia.org

Health Beat: Is Your Hospital Making You Sicker?

The deadly bacteria discovered at a California hospital is not foreign to Hawaii, and it underscores the dangers of antibiotic overuse.
Health Beat: Want to Know What Is Sickening About the Measles Outbreak? CDC

Health Beat: Want to Know What Is Sickening About the Measles Outbreak?

We need to stop being blasé because we’ve forgotten how hard we fought to eliminate horrific health problems.
Health Beat: The Remedy for Hawaii’s Doctor Shortage Flickr.com/libertygrace0

Health Beat: The Remedy for Hawaii’s Doctor Shortage

We need to get better use out of the doctors we have by freeing them up for the most important work.
Health Beat: Matters of the Heart Versus Our Cancer Fears Flickr: Nicolas Raymond

Health Beat: Matters of the Heart Versus Our Cancer Fears

In Hawaii and nationally, we need to focus more on the biggest killer.
Health Beat: Why Does A Hawaii Nurse Risk His Life for Ebola Victims?

Health Beat: Why Does A Hawaii Nurse Risk His Life for Ebola Victims?

Rene Steinhauer learned some hard lessons from the tragic health crisis that continues to play out in West Africa.
Health Beat: What Might Really Help People in Hawaii Lose Weight Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: What Might Really Help People in Hawaii Lose Weight

The Affordable Care Act will soon require many more restaurants to list calorie counts, but a study shows people need to really understand the numbers to change.