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Kathleen Kozak

Kathleen Kozak, M.D., is an internal medicine physician at Straub Clinic and Hospital. She is also the host of The Body Show on Hawaii Public Radio.
Health Beat: Your Actions Now Are Crucial To Slowing The Pandemic Civil Beat/Stewart Yerton

Health Beat: Your Actions Now Are Crucial To Slowing The Pandemic

We must relearn the lesson that we share the same planet, so nations and individuals take actions to protect everyone.

Health Beat: Don’t Repeat My Mistake By Going To Work Sick Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Don’t Repeat My Mistake By Going To Work Sick

Do the right thing in containing COVID-19 by refraining from work, public events and travel when sick.

Health Beat: Creating A Better Health Care System For Us All Getty Images/iStockphoto

Health Beat: Creating A Better Health Care System For Us All

Doctors and insurance companies need to get past their differences and work together for all our sakes.

Health Beat: Bringing Medical Records Into The Future Getty Images

Health Beat: Bringing Medical Records Into The Future

Few health care workers would want to return to the days of keeping medical files on paper. But big improvements are needed in electronic record keeping, too.

Health Beat: Patients Seeking Pain Relief Should Not Be Treated As Criminals Be.Futureproof/Flickr

Health Beat: Patients Seeking Pain Relief Should Not Be Treated As Criminals

Stephanie Deegan is one of many patients who cannot get opioids as easily, but she still needs help for severe pain.

Health Beat: Vaping Should Be Banned Until Proven Safe Flickr.com

Health Beat: Vaping Should Be Banned Until Proven Safe

E-cigarette companies have an incentive to prove their product is safe.

Health Beat: If You Want Patients To Give Up Opioids, Make The Alternatives Cheaper Pöllö via Wikimedia Commons

Health Beat: If You Want Patients To Give Up Opioids, Make The Alternatives Cheaper

Other pain treatments have proven effective, so why should they cost more?

Health Beat: How Many Stars Does Your Drug Rehab Deserve? Getty Images/iStockphoto

Health Beat: How Many Stars Does Your Drug Rehab Deserve?

Doctors and hospitals work off a rating system. Why can’t rehabilitation programs?

Health Beat: Why More Transparent Hospital Prices Won’t Lower Health Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Why More Transparent Hospital Prices Won’t Lower Health Costs

In Hawaii, most patients have limited choices of where they can go for medical treatment and they’re unlikely to choose hospitals based on posted costs.