Despite the surge in attractive, high-quality assisted-living facilities, most people would much prefer to live independently and remain in their own homes as long as possible. The houses in which we have raised our children, however great or modest, are our palaces.
It seems there is no end to ambitions for more high-rises built with capital organized from some of Hawaii's largest stakeholders. Is Honolulu destined to become like Singapore, which has a land mass half the size of Oahu but more than five times the population?
Patients with autism spectrum disorder are fragile and vulnerable members of our society and should have access to necessary medical care. In recent years, the majority of American states have passed legislation which ensures that this population receives basic mental health services.
About $3.6 trillion is what the United States spent on health care in 2013, 3.7 percent more than 2012. Projections for 2014 anticipate a further increase of 6.1 percent. This expanded insurance coverage is made possible by the Affordable Care Act.
Today the ideal home is far more than a convenient layout of bricks and mortar. Prospective buyers have begun to look at the place they live as an opportunity to create a healthy, environmentally friendly, sustainable lifestyle for the family from cradle to grave.
Imagine an electronic device that knows whether you've taken important medication and reports that to your health provider. Although our soon-to-be elderly are healthier, more active and better educated than the previous generations, aging still comes with disabilities.
This is the third of three columns I've devoted to health care in Myanmar. The previous two articles covered the dire state of health care in Myanmar and described one hospital that survives on donated resources.
Chelating agents were originally used to treat heavy metal poisoning from chemical warfare during World War I. Since then these treatments have been found useful to manage elevated levels of heavy metals from other causes.
How are those New Year's resolutions holding up? Tips: The first ingredient to success is to set goals that are realistic and achievable. They must be not only humanly possible, but also logistically feasible. Does it fit in the schedule? How long is the drive?
Socioeconomic inequality is among the greatest ills of modern society. Disparities in health, education and crime share a common root. Our collective ability to close this great divide is a prerequisite to peace on earth.
It's hard to imagine a more tumultuous year for the Wealth of Health in Hawaii than the one about to end. This column highlights the hottest stories of 2013 based on the volume and intensity of comments from our readers on both sides of key issues.
Nearly 1 in 5 high school boys and 11 percent of all schoolchildren have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, according to The New York Times. This represents a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 41 percent rise in the past decade.
Ten thousand dollars was raised by the KEY Project this year to send a local high school student to nursing school. The 500 imu turkeys that generated these scholarship funds also made a profound contribution to the many hands that prepared them and the many mouths that enjoyed them.
Accountants are sometimes disparagingly called "bean counters," but the truth is that counting beans is much like counting money. Body weight is the result of calories consumed minus calories burned just as net income is revenue less expenses.
Ira Zunin has turned today's column over to his son Brandon Zunin. Brandon, a junior at Punahou School, is opinions editor of Punahou's student-generated newspaper, Ka Punahou, and editor of Ka Wai Ola student magazine.
The most dangerous drug-drug interaction, joked an old professor during a med school pharmacology lecture, is testosterone and ethanol. The class cracked up as he conjured up images of young men binge-drinking and doing crazy things.
Robotics has the potential to revolutionize the art of medicine. Today at the nation’s elite universities, teams of students are harnessing the emerging science of robotics to create prototype designs that could solve some of today’s most baffling medical problems.
Hawaiian Electric Co. continues to be under fire for its Sept. 6 procedural changes for new solar installations. Two weeks ago, this column covered concerns on the part of consumers that had contracted to install solar systems and on the part of industry leadership.
Last week a woman waiting to check out at a local health food store observed a buff figure in front of her making a hard sell to the cashier. "If I give you this coupon, would you come to my yoga class?"
The call from his medical director came as we touched down in New York in April 2003. My consulting firm, Global Advisory Services, had been contracted by the largest manufacturer of Chinese herbs outside of China to help the company establish four integrative clinics in Australia and two in Singapore.
This time last year, I was on the open ocean serving as medical officer on a traditional-style Polynesian voyaging canoe sailing from New Zealand to Tahiti. Our stalwart captain charted a southern route to capture the most reliable yet fierce winds.
My father suffers from end-stage Parkinson's disease and associated dementia. Several weeks ago he was admitted to the hospital with a severe case of pneumonia. One week after discharge my family elected to withdraw his remaining IV and initiate him in home hospice.
In recent years, the state Legislature has been party to several failed attempts at passing a soda tax despite well-constructed bills and, most recently, a priority commitment on the part of Gov. Neil Abercrombie to get it done.
In the United States, treatment for the mentally ill is underfunded and resources are poorly allocated. Misguided policies at the state and national level result in tremendous human suffering and increased homelessness at a high cost to society.
Truth be known, I was raised by a psychiatrist. My father, Leonard Zunin, author of two books, had an illustrious career. Some of my fondest memories of childhood were when I would accompany him on his speaking engagements around the country.
After years of encouragement, investment and incentives, hospitals and more recently a critical mass of community physicians have made the transition from paper charts to electronic health records (EHR).
In the days before insurance, doctors were far more connected to the community. During times of emergency, a neighbor would run to the doctor's house for help: "Come quick, Mom is in labor again!" or "Old man Sasaki fell off his tractor.
It used to be that when children wanted to play a game of kickball, they would walk around the neighborhood, knocking on doors and asking their friends if they wished to play. This simple act took initiative and leadership.
In 1972 President Richard Nixon traveled to the People’s Republic of China to initiate detente and successfully changed the course of the Cold War. In advance of this visit, American journalist James Reston also visited China and, while there, had appendicitis. His postoperative pain was successfully treated with acupuncture.
As hunter-gatherers over the millennia, our movements and life rhythms were guided by the seasons, the sun and moon. In the transition to agrarian society, our daily activities continued to follow the pace of the natural environment and demands of the farm.
The Affordable Care Act is the primary manifesto of health care reform. While its primary focus is to facilitate increased access to the underserved, it is also designed to reduce the cost of health care and improve delivery.
The state Hawaii Department of Health recently announced that it will begin to link deaths from prescription drugs to the physicians who prescribed them ("Doctors targeted amid rise in painkiller deaths," Star-Advertiser, May 5).
Genuine success in business depends on knowing not only another's intentions, but also understanding one's own motivations, combined with the ability to appreciate the ramifications of an action over time.
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2013 Hawaii Health Workforce Summit focused on improving provider satisfaction and practice sustainability. A 2010 assessment performed by the John A. Burns School of Medicine revealed a shortage of more than 600 practicing physicians, 60 physician assistants and 180 nurse practitioners.
In recent years the mass market has seen a remarkable proliferation of services aimed at conditioning, weight loss and wellness. Curves is a streamlined women's fitness club franchise that popularized the 30-minute circuit training workout.
Family Health Hawaii, the newest insurance company to enter the local market, will offer both lower premiums and superior benefits compared with existing carriers, according to Hawaii’s former insurance commissioner J.P. Schmidt.
As a result of protracted partisanship in Washington, our country is now unexpectedly undergoing a sequester. What exactly is a sequester? It is an automatic reduction to federal spending for a given fiscal year, made possible when Congress passed the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
It's official. The impact of environmental pollution on the health of its people is now China's leading political problem. Outgoing Prime Minister Wen Jiabao delivered his Government Work Report to the National People's Congress on Tuesday.
Some years ago I had the opportunity to consult for a publicly traded firm in Japan. Their core business was a large chain that carried men's apparel, but they planned to establish a second business line focused on vitamin supplements and herbal remedies.
Prescribe one pain medicine to a patient with a broken leg and it will work fine. Try that medicine at the same dose on another patient and it's not enough, while a third person complains of nausea and vomiting.
Perusing through myriad responses to the 52 columns written last year, one gains a sense of which issues matter most to readers and which ones stir up the greatest controversy. Together they point to those topics sure to capture attention in the coming year.
Tis the season to count our blessings and give. We have all been blessed, but sometimes it's difficult to see, especially when we are grieving the loss of a loved one or grappling with illness or injury.
Hawaii Pacific Health was recently named the winner of the 2012 Enterprise Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Davies Award of Excellence. This is the equivalent of winning the Academy Award for health information technology and is the highest national honor that can be received by any health organization.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday in the islands. With commercial interests at bay compared with other holidays, Thanksgiving is about the attitude of gratitude and a celebration of community, family and friends.
Many of us have heard the story of gritty Uncle Kimo who lived to a ripe old age even though he ate poorly, never exercised, smoked and drank up until the day he died. Unfortunately, Kimo is an exception.
Back in the day, the survival of indigenous peoples depended on being attuned to nature and the environment. Hunting for food required knowledge of the patterns and behavior of prey on land and in the water.
This column recently discussed a perceived market opportunity to create model homes that bring together efficient use of green energy, water purification, eco-friendly building materials, recycling and edible gardens.
Greece is truly on the verge of losing its membership in the eurozone. Last week, several key regions in Spain approached their government for financial relief, but there is little to spare as $100 billion was just given to shore up Spanish banks.
The Rim of the Pacific exercises, hosted by the United States this summer in the waters near Hawaii, is the world's largest maritime war exercise. Twenty-two participating nations are now working to refine joint operations.
Motivated by political unrest in the Middle East, rising energy prices and global warming, both our federal and state governments now offer attractive tax benefits for solar systems in both the residential and commercial setting.
Recently more than 100 physicians attended the Hawaii Health Information Exchange's second annual Health IT Summit at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to learn how their practices can shift to, implement and benefit from electronic health records.
With tears rolling down their cheeks, two patients recently confided that their marriages had failed when they suddenly learned their husbands were secretly addicted to Internet pornography. Both spoke about their feelings of betrayal, rejection and violation.
The prognosis for the global economy remains stubbornly flat. News in Europe has been especially disturbing. There is still a serious risk of a "Grexit" from the Eurozone. Spanish banks were just given a $125 billion lifeline.
According to the American Hospital Association, Hawaii is one of only two states where hospitals operate at a loss year after year. One key reason is the high cost of treatment versus low reimbursement to care for Medicaid patients.
In an effort to garner world attention and protest long-standing repression by the Chinese government of the Tibetan people in their own homeland, this past week two more Tibetan monks engaged in the ultimate act, self-immolation.
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