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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: Marijuana Could Be Opioid Alternative — But Feds Just Say No Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Marijuana Could Be Opioid Alternative — But Feds Just Say No

As we desperately seek alternatives to addictive painkillers, a federal ban on research is obstructing one promising option.

Health Beat: Really? You Need A Doctor’s Note To Go Back To Work? Getty Images/iStockphoto

Health Beat: Really? You Need A Doctor’s Note To Go Back To Work?

Employers waste money requiring their workers to have physicians verify that they were legitimately sick and have now recovered.

Health Beat: Bring Back The Mental Hospitals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Bring Back The Mental Hospitals

Most of them were shut down in favor of community-based services, but that has proven to be a colossal failure.

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Health Beat: Beware Of This Dicey New Approach To Experimental Drugs

There already was a well-regulated program in place, but new federal legislation that just took effect raises many questions.

Health Beat: Hawaii Can Do More To Save Opioid Overdose Victims VCU CNS/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Hawaii Can Do More To Save Opioid Overdose Victims

We need to join the many states that allow over-the-counter purchases of a drug that can potentially save those addicted to painkillers.

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Health Beat: Let’s Start Assuming People Want To Be Organ Donors

Hawaii could save lives and shorten the waiting list for transplants by requiring people to opt out of the program instead of opting in.

Health Beat: Feds Should Stop Restricting Medical Marijuana Research Pöllö via Wikimedia Commons

Health Beat: Feds Should Stop Restricting Medical Marijuana Research

Cannabis has potential for treating various disorders, but pharmaceutical companies won’t do their thing while it’s a Schedule 1 drug.

Health Beat: Doctor’s Office Experience Is Going To Radically Change Flickr.com/libertygrace0

Health Beat: Doctor’s Office Experience Is Going To Radically Change

The technology is already here to transform medical services, so providers need to get on board.

Health Beat: If I’m Pushing Flu Shots For Patients I Should Get One Too Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: If I’m Pushing Flu Shots For Patients I Should Get One Too

When it comes to medical workers receiving the annual vaccination, Hawaii lags behind the national average.

Health Beat: I Support Medical Aid In Dying As A Doctor And A Daughter Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: I Support Medical Aid In Dying As A Doctor And A Daughter

The time has come for Hawaii to offer the choice that every terminally ill person of sound mind should have.

Health Beat: Amazon Wants To Revolutionize Medicine — It’s About Time! simone.brunozzi/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Amazon Wants To Revolutionize Medicine — It’s About Time!

Faster service, universal records and shipment of food and medications may make it the largest health retailer in the world.

Health Beat: If You Need Dialysis Medicare Has You Covered Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Health Beat: If You Need Dialysis Medicare Has You Covered

The HMSA struck a blow for lower insurance premiums when it announced it would no longer accept third-party payments for dialysis.