health

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.

What can you do to avoid having eye problems later in life? It might just be as stylish as getting a nice pair of sunglasses and wearing them whenever you are outdoors. I’m Dr. Kathleen Kozak, join me for our encore presentation with  Dr. Malcolm Ing sharing his expertise on the latest in eye care for all ages.

Breast Reconstruction

Aug 26, 2013

After any type of surgery, whether for cancer, reduction, enlargement, etc, there are particular techniques that help to preserve the appearance and function of the breast. Dr. David Cho, plastic surgery expert, is in the studio to explain his approach to the delicate surgery of breast repair.

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Flickr / Adam THEO

Heart disease and stroke are still among the leading causes of emergency room visits across the islands. On Hawaii Island, a recent symposium brought together Big Island medical professionals, EMS workers and staff from Queens Medical Center. As HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports, they all plan to build on a successful trend.

Wayne Yoshioka

Health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act are scheduled to be announced in less than one month, prior to the October 1st start date for open enrollment for uninsured residents. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended an “Aging in Place” workshop and asked attendees what they thought about the new mandate.

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Flickr / Sonya >> 搜你丫

State health workers in Hawaii have been monitoring developments in cases of bird flu. So far that has not been an issue in the islands, but in China a new strain of bird flu has taken another twist. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A Joint Senate-House Committee on Health conducted the first of several hearings on the status of state-funded hospitals on the neighbor islands. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the initial assessment was not an encouraging one.

Study Shows Health Benefits from Hula

Aug 5, 2013
Mele Look
Mele Look

You may remember the story on Friday linking hula with health benefits. We have more details on that study from the UH School of Medicine and the Queens Medical Center focusing on blood pressure and heart health. HPR's Molly Solomon tells us more.

  Can animals help us to heal brain disorders like autism? Horses have long been known to have a special bond with humans, but how about with those who have special needs? Ruth Limtiaco, Dr. Yoshimura and Dr. Dingman are all specialists in working with those with disabilities are in the studio to tell us more. 

Health Officials Raise Awareness of Hepatitis B

Jul 29, 2013
www.hepfreehawaii.org
www.hepfreehawaii.org

According to the Department of Health, Hawaii has the highest rate of hepatitis B in the country. Health officials say it’s related to the high concentration of Asians and Pacific Islanders living in the Aloha state. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on efforts to raise awareness.

For more information on hepatitis B or for a list of free hepatitis testing, visit Hep Free Hawaii and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Flickr / lanier67

The smoking ban at beaches, parks and bus stops on Oahu doesn’t start until January. But in South Korea, smoking restrictions in public places have been in place for about four weeks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has a progress report in today’s Asia Minute.

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