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Healthcare in Hawai‘i is a complex and changing business. It’s also very personal—and interviews with a cross-section of healthcare executives produced a variety of information. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Executives we spoke to represented major hospitals, such as Straub and Queens, community clinics and the health insurance industry. Here are just a few of the takeaways from a wide-ranging conversation.

The Body Show: Exercise

Sep 21, 2015
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Ever wonder if your favorite exercise is causing your back or muscle pain? Want to know how to avoid the activity that makes things worse? How about targeting your exercise to treat your pain rather than masking it with medication? Tonight we talk with a panel of sports medicine and physiotherapy experts about how you can make your work-out work better for you.

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Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and yet there’s still a bit of controversy whether screening is necessary and if it saves lives. Discuss the latest in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

New Technology Gives Hope to Epilepsy Patients

Sep 9, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

15,000 people in Hawai‘i currently live with epilepsy. The condition causes recurrent seizures inside the brain, but a new technology is giving hope to patients. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Jesse Cabillon doesn’t remember exactly when the seizures began. That’s because he was six weeks old when his parents first started to notice unusual behavior. "My parents said I would turn to my side and my eyes would roll back," said Jesse, now 30 year-old.

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  Robotic surgery, is it really like on TV or in the movies? They say this type of surgery can reduce scars and improve recovery time but does it really make a difference in overall surgical care? Dr. Charles Kim, urology expert will be in the studio to talk about the changes taking place in the operating room and how the technology of tomorrow is actually right here in Hawaii. 5 PM on HPR-2.

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Personality disorders....when does that quirky behavior become more than just being a little "odd?" Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Stitham gives us some insight about personality disorders - and when something needs to be treated, and not just ignored if it affects daily life. 5 PM on HPR-2.

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  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can make going up a flight of stairs feel like you are running a 10K. What is it and how can you improve your lung function over time? Valerie Chang from the COPD Coalition will be in the studio to tell us more. 5 PM on HPR-2.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Two hospitals serving some of Oahu's most vulnerable patients are in financial crisis. Leahi and Maluhia hospitals have frozen admissions and are cutting staff. They're also reducing the number of available beds by 25-percent, a decision that will have a broader impact for medical care around the island. 

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  Today on The Body Show, Part 1 of a 2- part series on Advanced Care Planning and Issues with End of Life care, we'll have Dr. Anna Loengard and Lori Protzman from Queens Medical Center start the conversation that we all need to have regarding how we wish to be cared for throughout our lives to the end. Today at 5 PM on HPR-2.

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  Are doctors giving enough warnings to people who take strong narcotic pain medication? What things should everyone know about the addictive potential of chronic use? Nurse educator Claire Santos will be on the show and we’ll continue to conversation about the good, the bad, and the ugly realities of the regular use of pain pills. Today on the Body Show, 5pm on HPR-2. 

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  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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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:

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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. 

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