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Kathleen Kozak

Health Beat: Bad Data Tells Us Hawaii Is Very Healthy

Health Beat: Bad Data Tells Us Hawaii Is Very Healthy

Regardless of what a recent study says, we shouldn't be lulled into thinking we are in better shape than we are.
Health Beat: Are E-cigs Creating the Next Generation of Smokers? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Are E-cigs Creating the Next Generation of Smokers?

Big Tobacco is going to the bank on electronic cigarette sales in places like Hawaii, and clouding the state's health picture.
Health Beat: Tough Call on Taking Statins to Prevent Heart Disease U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Health Beat: Tough Call on Taking Statins to Prevent Heart Disease

It's hard to say if the benefits outweigh the risks. And so far, most studies of the popular medication don't include women.
Health Beat: Why is Medical Marijuana Legal Only for Green Thumbs? Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Why is Medical Marijuana Legal Only for Green Thumbs?

Fifteen years after its approval, Hawaii’s process is changing. But that won't necessarily make it any easier for patients to get their medicine.
Health Beat: We Should Bring Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act to the Islands Courtesy Brittany Maynard

Health Beat: We Should Bring Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act to the Islands

Political dysfunction is an obstacle at the national level, but the Hawaii Legislature should take the compassionate step of legalizing euthanasia for the terminally ill.
Health Beat: What if the GOP Turns Back Time on Obamacare? Flickr.com

Health Beat: What if the GOP Turns Back Time on Obamacare?

In certainly isn't perfect, but this doctor has seen several positive impacts on her patients from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Health Beat: With Return of Measles, We Need New Restrictions on World Travelers Flickr.com

Health Beat: With Return of Measles, We Need New Restrictions on World Travelers

We require immigrants to prove immunity, so why don't we insist our own citizens have their proper vaccinations before they can go abroad and return with infections?
Health Beat: Why a Travel Ban Makes Sense European Commission

Health Beat: Why a Travel Ban Makes Sense

Focusing on what to do if someone infected with Ebola arrives here should be a secondary concern. First, contain it and treat it over there.
Health Beat: The $1,000 Pill That Will Bankrupt Us All Flikr

Health Beat: The $1,000 Pill That Will Bankrupt Us All

Thanks to price-gouging by pharmaceutical companies, hepatitis C treatments are the latest example of new drugs that would work wonders if we could afford them.
Health Beat: Should Your Boss Be Able to Make You Get a Flu Shot? Steven Depolo/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Should Your Boss Be Able to Make You Get a Flu Shot?

Flu vaccinations might help prevent millions of cases of influenza every year, but we need to get more people, including medical staff, immunized.
Health Beat: How Did We Handle Hawaii’s Ebola Scare? European Commission

Health Beat: How Did We Handle Hawaii’s Ebola Scare?

What can we learn from a week when the deadly virus from Africa was discovered in the U.S. and inspired fears it had reached Oahu?
Health Beat: Robin Williams and Parkinson’s Disease in Hawaii Courtesy of the Hudsons

Health Beat: Robin Williams and Parkinson’s Disease in Hawaii

After a lifetime of good health, local resident Gail Hudson is fighting the same relentless condition as the late comedian and Michael J. Fox.