Lasers used to be science fiction but now they've gone mainstream and have been used to treat many common medical problems like arthritis, skin diseases and more. Today on the Body Show we'll talk with an expert about the studies done by the FDA that suggest that there might be even more reasons to consider lasers in the standard of medical care.   

The Body Show: Stress

Aug 4, 2014

Stress is coming after us. Physical, emotional, chemical... it’s all around and can be contributing to worsening health and disease. Jack Ebner, PhD, is a biophysiologist, and has a plan to improve health with corrective nutrition. We’ll be taking a different approach to “doctoring” and talk about the keys of prevention and how to live a healthier life, because it’s never too late.  

The Dash Diet - it's all about lowering salt intake and improving blood pressure. But how much does it really work? Can it help you to get off of your hypertensive medication? Certified dietician Sally Belles will help to explain the diet, and tips on how to make your food taste delicious while still being good for you!

  Medical Errors: no one wants to admit they happen, but they do, and we're going to do something not a lot of medical professionals want to do.... talk about it. How can we all be safe with the changes in medicine, electronic records, and more? Karen Uyeda, risk management director at Straub Clinic and Hospital is going to share some tips for your next medical encounter in the hospital, the clinic, the ER and your doctor's office. 

  A century ago, shoes were made individually for each person, and their particular foot needs were taken into consideration. Nowadays people all have to fit a fairly rigid list of sizes, and take what they can get. Next time on the body show, we’ll talk with Dr. David Yee about how to customize the fit of your shoes, and keep your feet happy all day long.

The Body Show: Breast Cancer Treatment

Jul 7, 2014


1 in 8 women in their lifetime will develop breast cancer. Are mammograms better than MRI's? What's the latest in personalized tumor genetics and how does that affect treatment? Dr. Sherin Shirazi is in the studio, here to help explain the new world of breast cancer treatment and how it's rapidly changing to help more women and save lives. 

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

  Kaiser Permenante is opening a new regional clinic in Kona next week.  They say they’re looking to improve local residents’ health.  As it turns out, they have already had an impact in at least one way.   HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

The Body Show: Veins

Jun 23, 2014

  It's summertime, and just when we all want to wear shorts and enjoy the nice weather, we see those pesky little veins that seem to be popping out. What's the difference between a little visible vein and a sign of a more serious problem? Dr. Danelo Canete is in the studio, here to tell us more about which ones to worry about and which ones can easily be taken away in a quick office procedure. 

  We all want to age gracefully, but are there any secrets to feeling healthy and young forever? Dr. Bradley Wilcox and his colleague Dave Watumull will be in the studio, sharing the latest in nutraceuticals, supplements that might just do the trick.  

Micronesian Community Rally for Equal Health Care

Jun 9, 2014

It’s been 2 months since the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Micronesian health care benefits reverberated through the community. The court’s decision ruled in favor of the state, no longer requiring Hawaii to fund Medicaid for migrants from the island nations in Micronesia. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, for many the future still remains uncertain.

Is there a cure for diabetes? Can you ever get off of medication once you get started? What are the keys to success for controlling blood sugar? Today on the show we will have an interview with Dr. Osama Hamdy, author of the book "Diabetes Breakthrough" along with certified diabetes educator, Sally Belles who will bring it home and talk about how to make local foods healthier for all of us! 

The Body Show: Tuberculosis

May 26, 2014

Who gets TB these days, and how is it treated? Should we all be screened periodically to make sure we're safe? Dr. Elizabeth McNeill is in the studio, head of Hawaii's TB control branch , and she's going to talk about where the risk lies in Hawaii and what we can all do about it. sometimes seems like such a gentle sport, but often more injuries can happen in the water than on land. This week, Dr. Clayton Everline is in the studio. We’ll consider the most common ones, how they can be treated, and what to do so all of us can stay safe in the ocean. 

Queens Set To Open West Oahu Location

May 14, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Queens Medical Center West Oahu is set to open in less than a week. The much needed facility will be a relief to residents on the West Side, who have been without a hospital for over 2 and a half years. HPR’s Molly Solomon gives us this preview of the new facility.

Have you ever heard people say you can't take a pain pill or you'll get addicted? Dr. Jorge Garcia, pain management specialist, will talk about the different options for pain relief, they work, and how to make the best choice if you are in pain.  

What does it take to be a vegetarian? Are there medical benefits? Are all sources of protein alike? What is the best way to stay healthy and eat right? Dr. William Harris of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii will be in the studio answering your questions about the vegetarian diet and how to make any food you eat as healthy as possible. 

There's a battle going on inside your body, deep in the bones. Builder cells want to make new bone, destroyer cells want to break it down. What can you do to keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis? Dr. Jennifer Loh, endocrinologist will help to share her top tips for bone health.

The Body Show: Asthma

Apr 14, 2014

Asthma, it can make you feel like you are breathing through a straw! For those with severe asthma, there is a new treatment in town, bronchial thermoplasty. Dr. Warren Tamamoto chief of pulmonology at Kaiser Permanente is in the studio to tell us more. 

  Cholesterol blockages don’t discriminate, and they can happen anywhere in the body, particularly in the blood vessels to the heart, brain, arms, and legs. We’ll talk with vascular experts about how to know if you or someone you love have atherosclerotic vascular disease causing blood flow problems to your body, and how to fix it.   Today at 5pm on HPR2

Hawaii Attorney General Sues Makers of Plavix

Mar 19, 2014
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

The State of Hawaii is taking a major drug company to court. Yesterday, Attorney General David Louie filed a lawsuit for unfair and deceptive marketing practices related to the drug Plavix, which has been sold on the islands since 1998. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem in the world, but how do you know if you have it? Is it serious? Can it cause bigger problems like strokes if it's not treated? We'll talk with cardiology expert Dr. David Singh about this heart problem and what to do if you or someone you love are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

Sprained ankles, broken arms, kids get into all sorts of accidents all the time. What's a parent to do? We'll talk with Dr. Jonathon Pellett from Shriner's Hospital about common orthopedic injuries in kids, and how best to treat these to avoid bigger problems in the future. 

We all know that we should eat fresh food that's less processed, but what should you do if your favorite dish is full of toxins? Are we inadvertently poisoning our food supply? Is it worth the cost to insure that your family eats from sustainable sources? Jack Kittinger, from the Conservation International Center of Hawaii is in the studio, and we're going to talk about the food supply chain and how this affects your next meal. 

Sometimes in life you are given a challenge, a loved one is sick, and no one can figure out what’s wrong. Treatments that might be available, but not here at home. Today on the body show, we’ll hear two incredible stories of hope, from a mother who just wouldn't quit and a woman who flew thousands of miles to save herself.

Infertility affects one in ten women in the US who want to get pregnant. The causes are many, including issues that affect men too. Dr. John Frattarelli is in the studio, here to talk about this common problem that might just be affecting someone you love. 

Flickr / peterstuckings
Flickr / peterstuckings

More than half of Hawaii’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid, thanks to the state’s decision to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. HPR’s Molly Solomon tells us more.

Town Square - Safety of Wireless Technology

Jan 2, 2014

Kerry Crofton, PhD, Executive Director of Doctors for Safer Schools talks about why her organization says wireless tech isn't safe.

Depression around the holidays, it's more common than you think. What can you do if someone you love has been more than a little blue? Are there signs that we should all be watching out for? Dr. Martin Johnson will be in the studio, ready to help identify the warning symptoms that we can all watch out for as we gather with family for the holidays. 

Flickr / Governor Neil Abercrombie
Flickr / Governor Neil Abercrombie

We’ve heard a lot about the fumbled national roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. Here in Hawaii, the exchange has also performed well below expectations -- with lackluster sign up numbers and a website delay that stalled the launch by two weeks. As HPR's Molly Solomon reports, these problems are further complicated by the role of paper.

If someone were to collapse right before your eyes, would you know what to do? Have you seen the automatic external defibrillators around town, and would you know how to use one if you needed to? Today on The Body Show we'll talk with an expert about how in an emergency any one of us can be a lifesaver if we know how.