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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

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

                                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

                                Walking at least 7,000 steps daily, about 3.5 miles, has significant health benefits.
Column: Get in step with reasonable walking goals that deliver health benefits

Virtually everyone knows that physical activity is an essential component of a healthful lifestyle. But how much and what kinds of activity can make a difference? Do you need a gym membership? Run marathons? Lift weights? Although all of these approaches have benefits, there is one valuable exercise that all of us do every day — at least, if we can walk. 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

                                Joannie Dobbs and Alan Titchenal for their nutrition column in Crave.
Column: Interactions among nutrients, drugs and medicinal herbs are complex

It’s common to turn to nutritional supplements, drugs and herbs to try to boost health. All of these options can be beneficial when used appropriately, but they all come with potential risks as well. Misusing or neglecting to check interactions between nutrients, drugs and herbs can cause irreversible health issues — even death. Read more

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