Kathy Kozak

Host, The Body Show

In 1999, Dr. 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.

Back pain is one of the most common complaints doctors hear, and there are things you can do right now to prevent it. even if you have had pain in the past, certain exercises and treatments can help.  Dr. Jerry Garcia will be in the studio with more information that anyone who has ever felt that tell tale twinge in their back, will learn from.

The Hawaii Health Connector is poised to help anyone in Hawaii looking for answers to the insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Starting October 1st, just by logging on, anyone who needs to purchase health insurance will be able to see their available options and talk with a knowledgeable expert about their options. 

More men die from prostate cancer, then women do from breast cancer. So why the controversy over the need for preventative testing? For anyone who wants to know more, the Hawaii Prostate Cancer Coalition is here to help. From making choices about testing to navigating the difficult road through treatment, we'll talk with people who have been there and get their advice on how to overcome prostate cancer and live a long healthy life. 

Diabetes affects enough people in Hawaii to fill Aloha Stadium, twice. This chronic condition can affect every organ of the body if not treated early enough, increasing risks for heart attacks, strokes, and more. We'll be talking with the researchers of the GRADE study about what's being done right here in the islands to help combat the long term effects of uncontrolled sugar by taking the latest medication to help.

It’s cold and flu season, is there anything you can do to prevent getting sick when there are all these germs flying about? I’m Dr. Kathleen Kozak. Today on the body show we’ll talk with naturopath Dr. Monique Yuen about the best way to keep your immune system working overtime to help keep you healthy all season long.

What can you do to avoid having eye problems later in life? It might just be as stylish as getting a nice pair of sunglasses and wearing them whenever you are outdoors. I’m Dr. Kathleen Kozak, join me for our encore presentation with  Dr. Malcolm Ing sharing his expertise on the latest in eye care for all ages.

Breast Reconstruction

Aug 26, 2013

After any type of surgery, whether for cancer, reduction, enlargement, etc, there are particular techniques that help to preserve the appearance and function of the breast. Dr. David Cho, plastic surgery expert, is in the studio to explain his approach to the delicate surgery of breast repair.

Our teeth age just like the rest of the body, and there are some things you can do now to prevent premature dental changes later. Dr. Russell Masunaga is in the studio, here to tell us more about what happens to our mouth as we age.

Today at 5pm on HPR2

Breathing...

Aug 12, 2013

Breathing with ease, we take it for granted, but for those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, even the simple things can make them feel short of breath. How do you know if you're at risk for getting this? What are the symptoms? Valerie Chang from the Hawaii COPD Coalition is in the studio to tell us more.

Is what you eat what ails you? Gout, migraines, gastrointestinal distress, all of these conditions are directly linked to our diet, and sometimes knowing what the cause is can make all the difference. Sally Belles, CDE is in the studio, and we're going to discover if what you eat might be making you sick.  That's today at 5pm on HPR2

  Can animals help us to heal brain disorders like autism? Horses have long been known to have a special bond with humans, but how about with those who have special needs? Ruth Limtiaco, Dr. Yoshimura and Dr. Dingman are all specialists in working with those with disabilities are in the studio to tell us more. 

Chronic Pain

Jul 22, 2013

Chronic pain can be disabling, and no amount of prescription pain killers can give you back the life you led before the pain started. However, help is in sight, and there are new approaches to chronic pain management that can help. 

The Liver

Jul 15, 2013

  The liver, you can't live without one, and sometimes it can be inflamed, a condition we call hepatitis. Infections, alcohol, medications, cholesterol, and more can all affect the liver and cause a lot of harm. How can you find out if you have a problem? Dr. Robert Decker from Kaiser Permanente is in the studio to tell us more.   That's today at 5pm on HPR2!

  Cancers of the head and neck can be devastating, not only physically, but also emotionally as their treatment often changes one's entire appearance to the world. How are these tumors found and what can be done to treat them? Today we'll talk with an ear nose and throat expert and an oncologist to find out more. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder doesn't just affect one person in a family, it can touch everyone involved on a daily basis. How is this condition diagnosed, and what does that mean for those who are suffering from this? Where is help available? Dr. Leslie Mooreland is in the studio to tell us more about how the military are addressing PTSD in soldiers and their family. 

  Essential oils.... are they really that important? Can the cure for what ails us really be from herbs and botanicals? Research into using these shows some definite promise. Jennifer Naragon, a local oilist is in the studio, here to tell us more. 

The Pancreas

Jun 17, 2013

The pancreas, when things go wrong with this tiny little organ, major havoc can occur. Diabetes, digestive problems, and even cancer are all big problems that have very little warning signs, and are all very serious. Dr. Robert Wong is in the studio, and we're talking about the latest in diagnosis and treatment for pancreatic disease.  

Genetic testing

Jun 10, 2013

  Genetics can predetermine a lot of things about our health, but how necessary is genetic testing for things like breast cancer, heart disease, and overall health? Dr. Thomas Slavin is in the studio, here to tell us more about how a simple blood test might just be able to predict our health future. 

Atkin's, South Beach, Jenny Craig, what's the best diet out there to keep healthy? Is there any magic secret to losing weight? Do we need to take a lot of supplements every day?  Nutritionist Sally Belles is going to be joining us, sharing her expertise about the building blocks of nutrition, and how what you eat can make all the difference.  

May is Asthma Month

May 21, 2013

May is Asthma Month, and if you or someone you love suffer from this health condition, there are new treatments and guidelines you need to know about. Dr. Jeff Kam is in the studio, here to tell us more. 

The Eyes Have It!

May 13, 2013

  It's all in the eyes, and that's what todays' show is all about. Eyelid surgery, cosmetic procedures, and more. Dr. Melanie Tantisara is in the studio, talking about the latest in eye health, both inside and out!

Arthritis. Is it inevitable? What can you do to preserve your joints, and what's the latest in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery? Dr. Scott Crawford from Straub Clinic will share the latest in orthopedic innovations today on the Body Show

What if the next time you saw your doctor, no one asked you about your insurance, and you knew what your visit would cost, and that once you left, no bills would come in the mail? Sound impossible? Maybe it is, but this week we will discuss what a single payer system might look like , and how this may be a future step in America's health care.

Ever hit your head and wonder if it's normal to feel pain for days afterwards? Know the difference between a headache and concussion? Host Dr. Kathy Kozak welcomes her guests Dr. Ben Chun, Sports Medicine, and Dr. Monique Canonico, Neurology at Kaiser Permanente, who are going to help explain the difference between a simple pain in the head, and when that could be a sign of something life-threatening.

April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day and we will be talking about the local efforts in Hawaii from the Compassion and Choices Hawaii organization to support, educate,  and advocate for choice and care at the end of life.   

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