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2010 September 01 BSN - Dr. Ira Zunin, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Business Columnist. HSA photo by George F. Lee
Wealth of Health: Breakthrough blood test can detect multiple cancers

The future has arrived in the battle against cancer. A single blood test can now screen for over 50 cancers. While not yet broadly covered by insurance, this diagnostic tool has the potential to revolutionize the way we find cancers. It also enables early identification, which typically improves treatment outcomes and optimizes survival rates by finding disease before it spreads. Read more

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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2021 A medical lab technician runs tests in a mobile COVID-19 testing laboratory at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Wealth of Health: Burnout widespread among health care providers

Across the islands, health providers now suffer from unprecedented levels of burnout. The sacred practice of medicine is under fire in Hawaii’s smallest practices and in our largest hospitals. Although COVID-19 is finally abating, two years of the pandemic has left providers drained, with many choosing to opt out. Read more

                                Pedestrians cross Kalakaua Avenue, in Waikiki.
Column: Compassionate responsibility will be the theme for 2022

As we embark on 2022, this will be the year for compassionate, personal and civic responsibility. Omicron has just eclipsed current case rate records, locally and globally. There is now little hope of eradicating COVID-19 as it transitions from pandemic to endemic. Read more

                                View from Sapphire suite., Waikiki.
Column: Injured workers, Hawaii economy deserve better access to care

As the pandemic slows down, mandates lift and augmented unemployment support tapers, many have returned to work. However, access to care when injured is increasingly inadequate. Several of the larger clinics offering occupational medicine have either closed, downsized or moved far from town. Read more

Wealth of Health: COVID emergency order is leap forward for Oahu

As the delta virus rages, an emergency order, Safe Access O‘ahu, was announced this week. It serves to reduce the public risk of falling ill from COVID- 19, protects the young who cannot yet be vaccinated and helps those who are vaccinated from getting a breakthrough infection. Read more

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