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Kathleen Kozak

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.
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.