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Ryan Weisgerber / Flickr

  Chronic Pain, it’s all encompassing for those who suffer with it, and yet there are ways to live with the symptoms and still function every day. Dr. Daniel Lev, pain management specialist will discuss his unique approach to handling chronic pain that doesn’t include taking more pills.  

Originally aired: May 26th, 2015.  Who gets TB these days, and how is it treated? Should we all be screened periodically to make sure we're safe? Dr. Elizabeth McNeill is in the studio, head of Hawaii's TB control branch , and she's going to talk about where the risk lies in Hawaii and what we can all do about it.

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waferboard / Flickr

If you started your work week with a cup of coffee this morning, you can take heart from a new study from Japan. In fact, the research shows that morning beverage may actually help your heart. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

 Radiation is one of the mainstays in the treatment of cancer, but how exactly does it work? Dr. Donna Chung, radiation oncologist, will be in the studio to share more about the different types of cancers that are treated with radiation and how research has made this treatment more precise in the fight against cancer cells.  

  Advances in kidney transplant technology with Dr. Makoto Ogihara.

  The sun is shining, it's nice outdoors and yet did you know that the only proven way to prevent wrinkles is .... sunscreen? What can you do if the aging process has started to kick in, are there treatments that can make you look as young as you feel? Dawn Sunada and Dorothy Maurice will help explain what's out there to help all of us look our best. 

  With all the talk about kids getting shots these days, what are the recommended vaccines for children and young adults? Dr. Michael Hamilton, 2013 Best Docs in Hawaii for Pediatrics, is in the studio, and he'll share how to keep the complex shot schedules straight for kids of all ages. 

  If the time comes, and you or a loved one is suffering and in pain, what can be done to help? Some states have legalized the ending of life with a physician's help. How do you feel about it? We'll be talking about the medical considerations of death with dignity here in Hawaii. 

  It's inevitable, we're all going to get there sooner or later, and as we approach our senior years, sometimes things get a lot more complicated, and our memory starts to slip just when we need it the most. Dr. Patricia Borman will be in the studio to share some tips we can all use to keep our brains and bodies healthy and strong. 

  High tech, high touch patient care - it's here and Dermatologist Dr. Ryan Sato from Kuakini is going to share his novel approach to making skin care very user friendly for all of us. 

  What kind of exercises are best for the maturing adult? Well, Dr. Rachel Coel from Queens Medical Center is here to help! Balance issues, arthritis, osteoporosis, all of these affect joint health and knowing what to do now can only help prevent problems in the future. We'll talk about aging and exercise today on the show. 

  Depression:  it's a tough topic to talk about, especially for new mothers. But these days with earlier recognition, help is available. Psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Wendler is in the studio, ready to explore more about postpartum depression and the hormonal connection between our emotions and our mental health.  

  Pain is such an individualized experience, and medication can help, but sometimes, too much of it can hurt - a lot. Today on the show we'll hear from a local nurse, Claire Santos, who has dealt with the harsh reality of addiction in her own family, and what constructive efforts need to take place to prevent anyone else from suffering the same fate.

Childbirth has changed over the last century, improving the health of the mother and baby along the way. But modern science has made cesarean sections much more common than perhaps they should be. Dr. Eileen Ogasawara Chun and Midwife Amanda Lawry will be in the studio to share their perspective on why going back to the basics might be the best after all.  

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Sunday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector. All week outreach workers have been at health clinics and community events in a final effort to reach the Micronesian community before the deadline. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, not all of these events have gone as planned.

  Happy Valentine's Day! What's the best gift to give to those you love? Well, keeping your heart healthy of course! Dr. Anne Leake from Queen's West will be in the studio to discuss the latest in the management of cholesterol, sugar, blood pressure and more, all to keep your heart as healthy as possible, all year long. 

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The deadline to enroll for insurance through the Affordable Care Act is this Sunday. That’s a special challenge for more than 7,500 immigrants from countries of the Compact of Free Association, including Micronesia. Starting March 1st, they’ll lose their Medicaid coverage, and will have to find insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on how the community is preparing for the shift.

The Hawai‘i Health Connector events for COFA residents are as follows:


Kaiser Strikers Hit The Picket Line

Feb 4, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s day four of the Unite Here Local 5 strike and hundreds of Kaiser workers continue to picket outside clinics across the state. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

  Heart valve disease is one of the most common heart problems, affecting 1 in 8 patients over the age of 75. Just a decade ago, there weren't a lot of options for people with valve issues. Luckily, all that has changed. Dr. Christian Spies, interventional cardiologist will explain how more lives can be saved than ever before. 

  Measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, hepatitis, pneumonia – what do these all have in common? Vaccines to prevent them.  Today on The Body show we’ll have nationally renowned Dr. Bill Atkinson, who spent 25 years at the CDC, live on the show to help explain why shots exist and why we all need them. 

The Body Show: Fitness fun

Jan 19, 2015

Putting the fun back into fitness, that's our topic today. KC Carlberg, from TryFitness, Gabriel Solis from Gyrotonics, and Russell Van Dyken from Yoga Loft Hawaii will be in the studio, sharing their expertise on how to make 2015 a fun, inspiring year of exercise.  

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Flickr / jonnwilliams

Hawai‘i County residents who smoke e-cigarettes will soon find fewer places where vaping is allowed. Hawai‘i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi signed the bill Tuesday, making it the only county in the state to ban electronic cigarettes from public places where smoking is already prohibited. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

  Weight management - it's not just about having surgery these days, there are multiple ways to work on having a healthier body this year. Dr. Cedric Lorenzo of Queen's West Oahu will be in the studio to share his team approach to achieving healthy weight goals  for 2015. 

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Flickr / lindsay-fox

Two leading cancer research organizations are calling for stricter regulation of electronic cigarettes. And it’s prompted local health experts to echo those concerns. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Dr. Roger White, author of "Slimming with Daniel" is in the studio, here to help us start the year off right with realistic health goals, and some inspirational stories as well.

Do you find yourself getting a bit more stressed over the holidays? Too much to do, so little time? Well you are not alone, this can be the most difficult time of year for many of us. This week we talk to an expert about how to stay sane this season and start 2015 with a healthy state of mind! 

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Flickr / jonnwilliams

A new report released today shows the use of electronic cigarettes among teens is growing in Hawai‘i. The study, coming out of the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center, shows adolescents are smoking e-cigarettes three times the national average. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

The full article published in Pediatrics can be found here.

Autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can have profound effects on the body and inadequate treatment early on can lead to misery later in life. Dr. Tracy Kurano, rheumatologist at Straub Clinic will be in the studio to explain more about these immune system issues and more.

  The right medication at the right time for the right person...That's the goal of choosing wisely, and something that all patients should discuss with their providers. Dr. Mark Baker will be in the studio exploring a program designed to help people and their primary care providers to find the best way to navigate the ever-changing health care environment to make sure they get what they need.  Today at 5pm on HPR2

The Body Show: Nutrition

Oct 27, 2014

How can the holidays be fun, and healthy? Dr. Peggy Latare, pediatrician from Kaiser Permanente and Certified diabetes educator and nutritionist Sally Belles from Straub Clinic are in the studio to share their tips on keeping active and enjoying some treats during the next two months.