health

Queens Set To Open West Oahu Location

May 14, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Queens Medical Center West Oahu is set to open in less than a week. The much needed facility will be a relief to residents on the West Side, who have been without a hospital for over 2 and a half years. HPR’s Molly Solomon gives us this preview of the new facility.

Have you ever heard people say you can't take a pain pill or you'll get addicted? Dr. Jorge Garcia, pain management specialist, will talk about the different options for pain relief, they work, and how to make the best choice if you are in pain.  

What does it take to be a vegetarian? Are there medical benefits? Are all sources of protein alike? What is the best way to stay healthy and eat right? Dr. William Harris of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii will be in the studio answering your questions about the vegetarian diet and how to make any food you eat as healthy as possible. 

There's a battle going on inside your body, deep in the bones. Builder cells want to make new bone, destroyer cells want to break it down. What can you do to keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis? Dr. Jennifer Loh, endocrinologist will help to share her top tips for bone health.

The Body Show: Asthma

Apr 14, 2014

Asthma, it can make you feel like you are breathing through a straw! For those with severe asthma, there is a new treatment in town, bronchial thermoplasty. Dr. Warren Tamamoto chief of pulmonology at Kaiser Permanente is in the studio to tell us more. 

  Cholesterol blockages don’t discriminate, and they can happen anywhere in the body, particularly in the blood vessels to the heart, brain, arms, and legs. We’ll talk with vascular experts about how to know if you or someone you love have atherosclerotic vascular disease causing blood flow problems to your body, and how to fix it.   Today at 5pm on HPR2

Hawaii Attorney General Sues Makers of Plavix

Mar 19, 2014
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

The State of Hawaii is taking a major drug company to court. Yesterday, Attorney General David Louie filed a lawsuit for unfair and deceptive marketing practices related to the drug Plavix, which has been sold on the islands since 1998. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem in the world, but how do you know if you have it? Is it serious? Can it cause bigger problems like strokes if it's not treated? We'll talk with cardiology expert Dr. David Singh about this heart problem and what to do if you or someone you love are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

Sprained ankles, broken arms, kids get into all sorts of accidents all the time. What's a parent to do? We'll talk with Dr. Jonathon Pellett from Shriner's Hospital about common orthopedic injuries in kids, and how best to treat these to avoid bigger problems in the future. 

We all know that we should eat fresh food that's less processed, but what should you do if your favorite dish is full of toxins? Are we inadvertently poisoning our food supply? Is it worth the cost to insure that your family eats from sustainable sources? Jack Kittinger, from the Conservation International Center of Hawaii is in the studio, and we're going to talk about the food supply chain and how this affects your next meal. 

Sometimes in life you are given a challenge, a loved one is sick, and no one can figure out what’s wrong. Treatments that might be available, but not here at home. Today on the body show, we’ll hear two incredible stories of hope, from a mother who just wouldn't quit and a woman who flew thousands of miles to save herself.

Infertility affects one in ten women in the US who want to get pregnant. The causes are many, including issues that affect men too. Dr. John Frattarelli is in the studio, here to talk about this common problem that might just be affecting someone you love. 

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Flickr / peterstuckings

More than half of Hawaii’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid, thanks to the state’s decision to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. HPR’s Molly Solomon tells us more.

Town Square - Safety of Wireless Technology

Jan 2, 2014

Kerry Crofton, PhD, Executive Director of Doctors for Safer Schools talks about why her organization says wireless tech isn't safe.

Depression around the holidays, it's more common than you think. What can you do if someone you love has been more than a little blue? Are there signs that we should all be watching out for? Dr. Martin Johnson will be in the studio, ready to help identify the warning symptoms that we can all watch out for as we gather with family for the holidays. 

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Flickr / Governor Neil Abercrombie

We’ve heard a lot about the fumbled national roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. Here in Hawaii, the exchange has also performed well below expectations -- with lackluster sign up numbers and a website delay that stalled the launch by two weeks. As HPR's Molly Solomon reports, these problems are further complicated by the role of paper.

If someone were to collapse right before your eyes, would you know what to do? Have you seen the automatic external defibrillators around town, and would you know how to use one if you needed to? Today on The Body Show we'll talk with an expert about how in an emergency any one of us can be a lifesaver if we know how. 

Can hitting your hard head ever be a good idea? Even with the latest technology in helmets, scientists are discovering long term effects of head trauma that can last for years. On this episode of The Body Show we'll talk with an expert about the latest research into concussions, and what you need to do to protect you and your loved ones from harm.  

Can you eat during the holidays and still have fun? Nutritionist Sally Belles will help explain how to enjoy all the festivities this week and survive Thanksgiving without gaining weight and losing good eating habits.

Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i has the highest rate of liver cancer in the nation due to Viral Hepatitis. The community-based Hepatitis Free Hawai’i Coalition expects those rates to go up even higher in the coming years and its members are attempting to encourage more doctors to get involved to provide full treatment. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Six Senate and House Committees received an update on the Hawai’i Health Connector today. Lawmakers were told the goal is to have the state’s insurance website fully operational by October 15th, two weeks late.

But, of greater concern to some lawmakers, was the impending financial impact the Affordable Care Act will have on small businesses in Hawai’i. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.
 

AFN-Pacific Hawaii News Bureau
AFN-Pacific Hawaii News Bureau

One of the biggest endurance sporting events in Hawaii is coming up on the Big Island in ten days.  Swimming, biking, and running are all healthy activities and doctors say for Ironman athletes there are other impacts as well.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

Hawaii Health Connector

The Hawai’i Health Connector, the state’s insurance marketplace, goes online tomorrow as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. The Hawai’i Association of Public Accountants conducted a panel discussion today on the impacts of Health Connector rates on individuals and small businesses. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Hawaii Health Connector is poised to help anyone in Hawaii looking for answers to the insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Starting October 1st, just by logging on, anyone who needs to purchase health insurance will be able to see their available options and talk with a knowledgeable expert about their options. 

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Health Connector, the state’s insurance portal that will be used to implement the federal Affordable Care Act, is set to go online Tuesday. There are an estimated 100,000 residents who do not have any medical coverage, and Waikiki Health is gearing up for what could be an increase in demand in an already underserved community. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Native Hawaiian Health Center at the U.H. John A. Burns School of Medicine presented its findings to Joint Legislative Committees at the Capitol today. The report outlines the assessment and priorities needed to improve the health and well-being of the state’s Indigenous and Pacific islander populations. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Health Connector is scheduled to go online in two weeks for a 6-month open enrollment period, prior to implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. Government, health insurance and community group leaders participated in a news conference today to launch a public awareness campaign to help residents and businesses navigate the complex and sometimes confusing program. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and has this report.

The full implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act is approaching, but information abut how this will impact individuals has been scarce. In West Hawaii, one group is aiming to provide more details--starting tonight. HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

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Flickr / peterstuckings

In just a few weeks, the Hawaii Health Connector will debut coverage options for the nearly 100,000 people who are uninsured in Hawaii. Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Center, or KKV, has spent the past few months preparing for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

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Flickr / OtroMan

If you spent too much of your Labor Day weekend in front of a television, you might want to hear this next story. A medical study from Singapore finds another reason to be cautious about television time. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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