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Kathleen Kozak

Health Beat: The Pain Driving the Ice Bucket Challenge Courtesy of Sandy Tsukiyama

Health Beat: The Pain Driving the Ice Bucket Challenge

The viral video fundraising chain letter could throw cold water on the progression of a brutal condition in Hawaii and elsewhere.
Health Beat: Unfortunately, No Alzheimer’s Miracle is in Sight Copyright © 2000 - 2014 BrightFocus Foundation

Health Beat: Unfortunately, No Alzheimer’s Miracle is in Sight

But Hawaii is working to be in the forefront of efforts to address the public health crisis.
Health Beat: Could the Ebola Virus Hit Hawaii? National Institutes of Health

Health Beat: Could the Ebola Virus Hit Hawaii?

We should put ourselves in the place of people diagnosed with a deadly virus across the world, and remember Hawaii's history of isolating and quarantining patients.
Health Beat: Innoculations Don’t Cause Autism so Let’s Move On Steven Depolo/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Innoculations Don’t Cause Autism so Let’s Move On

As kids prepare to return to school, its time to get up to date on vaccinations, which means getting over dangerously misguided fears.
Health Beat: Carefully Consider a Gluten-Free Diet Wikimedia/ChildofMidnight

Health Beat: Carefully Consider a Gluten-Free Diet

For some people, the latest diet fad may prove to be just a waste of money.
Health Beat: The World Cup and Our Not-so-Hard-Headed Soccer Players Marc Benton on Flickr.com

Health Beat: The World Cup and Our Not-so-Hard-Headed Soccer Players

New research suggests soccer players, including Hawaii’s Keiki, should think twice before using their head.
Health Beat: Did the Supreme Court Invite Your Boss Into My Office?

Health Beat: Did the Supreme Court Invite Your Boss Into My Office?

The recent victory in the Hobby Lobby case is sure to inspire others to try to use their religious beliefs to restrict some women's medical care.
Health Beat: People Are Targeting Hawaii’s Vulnerable Kupuna PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Health Beat: People Are Targeting Hawaii’s Vulnerable Kupuna

Elder fraud can strike families that least expect it — as I've seen with one of my patients.
Health Beat: The Wizardry of Dr. Oz’s Weight-Loss ‘Miracles’ www.flickr.com/photos/senatormccaskill

Health Beat: The Wizardry of Dr. Oz’s Weight-Loss ‘Miracles’

The U.S. Congress says Dr. Mehmet Oz's hype about amazing thinning products is devoid of scientific credibility.
Health Beat: Hawaii Could Save Hundreds of Overdose Victims’ Lives www.flickr.com/photos/imagensevangelicas

Health Beat: Hawaii Could Save Hundreds of Overdose Victims’ Lives

The state should join others that are overcoming uncomfortable questions to help speed up action to spare people who are dying from drugs.
Health Beat: The Psychology of a School Shooter Screen capture

Health Beat: The Psychology of a School Shooter

By the time we recognize the warning signs, it is usually too late. So what can be done?
Health Beat: Learning From a Sitcom Actress’ Deadly Fall Brady Bunch screen capture

Health Beat: Learning From a Sitcom Actress’ Deadly Fall

Ann Davis, the actress who played "The Brady Bunch" maid, died from an avoidable danger.