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Kathy Kozak

Host, The Body Show

In 1999, Dr. Kathy Kozak came to Straub Clinic and Hospital where she currently works as an internist specializing in preventative health, travel medicine, women's health and wellness. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and did her residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr Kozak has also spent time in medical clinics in Australia, Peru, Zimbabwe, India, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia. She studies Cambodian language and sponsored the Kozak Ohana School in Kompong Thom, Cambodia. A woman of varied talents, she is a member of the Oahu Civic Orchestra since 2000 and studies voice.

  • What happens when the heart actually stops working and when is it a medical emergency to get immediate treatment? Dr. Carol Lai from Straub Medical Center is on the show to explain the signs and symptoms of serious heart conditions, like congestive heart failure, what causes it, and why, even during a pandemic, treatment is essential.
  • We have talked about screening but what happens when you get a diagnosis of colon cancer? Can a half hour test save your life? George Stewart, a local man who was surprised by his cancer journey shares his insights about his diagnosis along with board certified gastroenterologist Dr. Ankor Jain. After almost a decade and a half of practicing medicine, he knows the risks of cancer and what all of us can do to prevent it!
  • Sacred Medicine, the new book by Dr. Lissa Rankin, shares the decade long journey she has taken to discover the integrative medicine traditions of the East and West, along with other native cultures, and how the combination of these treatments might just be the answer to some of the most difficult conditions.
  • Not all memory loss is related to Alzheimer's, there are other common causes that can be dangerous, and treatable. Dr. Viereck from Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience shares the latest in the clinical trials for vascular dementia, caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Want to know how to protect your brain - listen in to learn more.
  • Can not getting enough sleep be harmful for your health? Could your nighttime habits be to blame? What are the consequences of not treating sleep apnea? Dr. Janet Myers from Kaiser Permanente is sharing the latest in the testing and evaluation of sleep disorders, and why sleep is essential for good health.
  • In a recent study of nearly 7,000 adults over age 50, those who had a life purpose had a lower rate of death over the four years of the study. It turns out, being inspired in your life doesn’t just help your emotional wellbeing, it may keep you healthier. Patrice Tanaka of Joyful Planet is on the show, sharing how to know what your life purpose might be, and how this might just help your overall health as well.
  • Does anyone really think smoking is a good idea these days? Well, these days it’s not just about cigarettes. Vaping is more common than ever, especially among our youth. Kids as young as middle school are being targeted by ads, flavored vaping liquids and more. Scott Stensrud of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii is on the line sharing his work on how it will take a student led effort to help the next generation make smart choices to avoid smoking, or vaping, and protect their health.
  • Can seeing your doctor virtually someday replace going to the office? Today we'll talk about how telemedicine has transformed the delivery of health care, and how virtual visits might make the 'office' anywhere you want it to be!
  • Macular degeneration has been a vision thief for far too long. Dr. Greg Kokame is in the studio sharing the latest on how a new treatment can preserve sight for those who suffer from this condition. He will also highlight how clinical trials right here in Hawaii may provide the key to the discovery of the next new treatment right around the corner!
  • Workers comp insurance is meant to protect people who get injured on the job. However, not everyone tells their boss if something happens at work, but it might be the best way to protect their job into the future. Today on the Body Show, we’ll talk with a local expert who can explain the workings of the workers compensation system from a doctor’s perspective, and give tips on how to stay safe at work, or at home.