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Kathleen Kozak

Health Beat: When Nature Calls While You’re Swimming

Health Beat: When Nature Calls While You’re Swimming

Unless you're next to corals or in a spot with still water, urinating in the ocean is no big deal. It's a different story in a swimming pool.
Health Beat: The Single-Payer System – Maybe it’s Time for Another Look

Health Beat: The Single-Payer System – Maybe it’s Time for Another Look

Could the billions of dollars America spends on health care be allotted more efficiently, with better service for patients?
Health Beat: When a Couple Splits Up, Who Owns the Embryos? Nita Lind/Flickr.com

Health Beat: When a Couple Splits Up, Who Owns the Embryos?

This is an issue that the courts must decide, but in disputes over what should happen to frozen embryos, the rights of fathers and mothers should be equal.
Health Beat: Here’s One Doctor Who Isn’t Sold on Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21 Flickr: Dexters

Health Beat: Here’s One Doctor Who Isn’t Sold on Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21

There's no doubt 18- to 20-year-olds are better off if they never light up, but how far do we want to push the criminalization of unhealthy behavior?
Health Beat: Better Things to Do Than Regulating Homeopathy Richard Craig/Flickr.com

Health Beat: Better Things to Do Than Regulating Homeopathy

Many over-the-counter remedies don't work, but the FDA is better served going after supplements and analyzing new drugs.
Health Beat: Protect Pilot Privacy or the Lives of Innocents? Hans135797531 via Wikimedia Commons

Health Beat: Protect Pilot Privacy or the Lives of Innocents?

The intentional crashing of a plane in the Alps raises troubling questions about how we deal with pilots who are medically or psychologically unfit to fly.
Health Beat: A New Prescription for Better Mental Health Care Pöllö via Wikimedia Commons

Health Beat: A New Prescription for Better Mental Health Care

Medical doctors are able to write prescriptions for psychological diagnoses. Why shouldn't properly trained psychologists be able to prescribe drugs for mental health reasons?
Health Beat: Why Do We Still Need a Prescription for Birth Control Pills? Parenting Patch via Wikimedia Commons

Health Beat: Why Do We Still Need a Prescription for Birth Control Pills?

Recent approval of yet another prescription-free emergency contraceptive helps make the case that regular birth control should be available OTC, too.
Health Beat: The Genetic Crystal Ball – Would You Want To Know? Christian Ude

Health Beat: The Genetic Crystal Ball – Would You Want To Know?

It's time for the FDA to lift its ban on commercially available genetic testing and give consumers the power to affect their own medical futures.
Health Beat: Hawaii’s Nursing Homes — When the Best Is Far From Enough Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Hawaii’s Nursing Homes — When the Best Is Far From Enough

Three in every four available nursing home beds in the state are in facilities that aren’t good enough.
Health Beat: Is Your Hospital Making You Sicker? http://commons.wikimedia.org

Health Beat: Is Your Hospital Making You Sicker?

The deadly bacteria discovered at a California hospital is not foreign to Hawaii, and it underscores the dangers of antibiotic overuse.
Health Beat: Want to Know What Is Sickening About the Measles Outbreak? CDC

Health Beat: Want to Know What Is Sickening About the Measles Outbreak?

We need to stop being blasé because we’ve forgotten how hard we fought to eliminate horrific health problems.