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                                Practicing physician Ira Zunin writes, we must be more measured in choosing interventional care if there is little chance for quality of life and more prepared to withdraw care that extends life artificially, but we should never pass a law that condones actively facilitating death by any means.

Society shouldn’t be eager to hurry the finality of death

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Practicing physician Ira Zunin writes, we must be more measured in choosing interventional care if there is little chance for quality of life and more prepared to withdraw care that extends life artificially, but we should never pass a law that condones actively facilitating death by any means.

Updated on  March 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm
To be sure, we must be more measured in choosing interventional care if there is little chance for quality of life and more prepared to withdraw care that extends life artificially, but we should never pass a law that condones actively facilitating death by any means. Read More
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                                Dr. Randall F. Holcombe

Investment in Cancer Center will benefit health, economy

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                                Dr. Randall F. Holcombe

Updated on  February 4, 2017 at 12:52 am
With continuing support from the state Legislature and the National Cancer Institute, the University of Hawaii Cancer Center will reach its full potential as a world-class institution at the forefront of groundbreaking cancer research, prevention and clinical treatment. Read More

Health care advances raise big fiscal, ethical questions

Given the current trajectory of pharmaceutical and biotechnical developments in the treatment of cancer, inherited diseases and infection, modern health care is on the precipice of unprecedented transformation. Read More
Updated on  September 3, 2016 at 1:08 am
 

Accepting death as natural would alleviate fear, stress

Society continues to have difficulty accepting death as a natural part of life. We go on hoping it won’t happen to us, at least for now, and when death raises its head, we look the other way. The result is fear, confusion, denial, poor decision-making and an unskillful use of resources. Read More
Updated on  June 3, 2016 at 9:41 pm
 

Time will tell whether health insurer’s new model succeeds

Hawaii Medical Service Association is on the verge of making a historic change in how it reimburses primary care medical providers. Until now the largest private payer in the state has reimbursed physicians on a fee-for-service basis. Under its Payment Transformation Pilot, HMSA will instead pay selected providers a fixed dollar amount for each member in their practice each month. HMSA believes that this will benefit patients, providers and the insurer because it will improve clinical outcomes and contain costs. Will it work? That remains to be seen. Read More

Addressing homelessness is a worthwhile investment

About 3.6 percent of the Medicaid population in Hawaii uses 61 percent of the Medicaid budget annually. That’s right, 14,000 people — including those covered under Quest and AlohaCare — utilize $1.2 billion of Hawaii’s Medi­caid. Read More
Updated on  March 11, 2016 at 8:33 pm

Health care would benefit from Big Pharma reform

Twenty million more Americans now have health insurance since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law six years ago. This brings the portion of those who are uninsured down to 11.5 percent of the population. Read More
Updated on  March 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Isle groups answering call to restore food sovereignty

Hawaii imports roughly 90 percent of the food it consumes and exports as much as 80 percent of what is grown here. Particularly, in view of climate change and the persistent El Nino, this leaves the health of island residents vulnerable to uncontrollable hiccups in container transport. Read More

Brazil’s slums are fertile ground for spread of Zika

Earlier this week I returned from Brazil, a nation in crisis over the Zika virus epidemic. This public health calamity creates a perfect storm when combined with the economic and sociopolitical woes now facing South America’s largest country. The lack of fiscal resources and waning confidence in the current government present dire constraints in managing the current epidemic. Read More
Updated on  February 12, 2016 at 9:48 pm

Modern nations must value first peoples above earnings

When Hokule‘a first sailed to Tahiti in 1976 using only noninstrument navigation, it became a major catalyst not only for the Hawaiian cultural renaissance, but also for a broader awakening among indigenous peoples throughout Polynesia. Hokule‘a continues this legacy, touching many during its around-the-world voyage. Read More
Updated on  January 29, 2016 at 11:24 pm

‘Blue economy’ must learn from green-washing errors

As Hokule‘a sails across the Atlantic from South Africa to Brazil, safety protocols require its crew to monitor other vessels, including large, commercial longline-fishing vessels and lumbering container ships bound for the great ports of the world. There is no mistaking the fact that for many the oceans are there only to extract a profit. Read More

Sailing in fog and lightning, canoe reaches Saint Helena

After 16 days at sea, Saint Helena arose out of the mist. Our heading could not have been more perfect had we used GPS. Each member of the crew is in awe to be part of this historical leg of the around-the-world voyage where spirituality and ancient science join as one, where the mana of the Hokule‘a, guidance by the ancestors and support from the community bring unity of purpose to the dedicated souls on board. Indeed, the sense of common destiny was articulated by one crew member during an awa ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, the night before our departure: “May my bones be your bones. May my blood be your blood.” Read More
Courtesy Ira Zunin
                                Old slave auction blocks in Cape Town are shown with names engraved. The trees in the background were used to tie up those in waiting. The slaves brought here were from Malaysia, Indonesia and Madagascar.

Reconciliation, not revenge, will heal wounds of slavery

Courtesy Ira Zunin
                                Old slave auction blocks in Cape Town are shown with names engraved. The trees in the background were used to tie up those in waiting. The slaves brought here were from Malaysia, Indonesia and Madagascar.

Updated on  January 8, 2016 at 11:35 pm
In the midst of the longest leg of the Hokule‘a’s around-the-world voyage, across the Atlantic from Africa to South America, I cannot help but think of the millions of Africans who, in centuries past, made the crossing in shackles, within the bowels of slave ships — and of the many more millions who never made it. In Brazil, our next destination following a stop at St. Helena, more than half the population is of mixed heritage. The majority have ancestors who were brought here as slaves by the Portuguese, initially to work on sugar plantations and later to work in gold and diamond mines. Read More

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