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Column: Weight-loss drugs require monitoring

The market is abuzz with a new group of FDA-approved weight-loss drugs called GLP-1s, which decrease appetite, regulate blood sugar and slow stomach emptying, making you feel full sooner and for a longer period of time. Read more

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Column: Culinary medicine can help in fight against food crisis

We have a food crisis in Hawaii, and culinary medicine presents part of the solution. With 1 in 4 children facing food insecurity, Hawaii ranks second in the country. At the same time, youth obesity in Hawaii is over 15%. How can the islands have skyrocketing rates of obesity and food insecurity? Read more

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Column: 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.
Column: 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

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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

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