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Editor's Note: I first met Jim Mielke about 20 years ago at the East West Center in Honolulu. I had just washed ashore in Hawaii from San Francisco and Jim, a native of Buffalo, was finishing his doctorate in Public Health at the University of Hawaii. A former YMCA Volunteer in Samoa,...
Editor's Note: I went to see my dentist (Joanne Le, who runs the Akamail Dental Center in Honolulu) and the conversation turned to a subject that is quite new to dentistry and certainly new to me--the correlation between Oral Cancer and HPV. Suffice it to say, with the prevalence of...
A 72 year old client asked me if he should get a screening PSA test.  The answer – it depends... Screening for cancer with the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test is a controversial topic. On the plus side of doing a PSA, a cancer may be detected earlier.  On...
A section of the University of Hawaii (Hilo) website describes the natural hazards of the Big Island. The discussion on VOG is of particular interest, and is certainly pertinent to Oahu readers this week, as we find our island shrouded in a thin gray mist that is our gift from Pele. Of the...
George Hobart, a resident of Port Hadlock Washington, has run medical marijuana cooperatives (and currently retail marijuana outlets) for four years in Port Hadlock and Port Townsend, WA. The father of one, George is a retired school teacher, professional rock and roll musician and a Vietnam era US Army...
Story from a patient’s daughter “Last year, my 84 year old dad fell and sustained a spinal cord injury and wound up bedridden in a nursing home.  My siblings and I all live on the mainland and were going crazy trying to keep up with coordinating Dad’s appointments, interpreting the...
When Peter Wasow­ski, the founder of Vasper, described the benefits of this his exercise system I was admittedly skeptical. I'd heard these claims before. The Vasper system increases strength, endurance, allows for better sleep, provides more energy, ratchets the libido and helps the body repair injuries. What’s more, he said...
The bad news  - Pneumococcal pneumonia, nicknamed “the Old man’s friend” is a killer.  Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common form of pneumococcal disease in afflicting an estimated 900,000 Americans each year.  Approximately 5-7% of its victims die with most of the deaths occuring in people over 65. The good news -...
As a geriatrician, most of my time is spent attending to folks who suffer from the diseases of old age. Whether it’s heart disease, arthritis, cognitive decline, diabetes or macular degeneration, these are almost always chronic in nature. However, there’s a silver lining to this dreary cloud. Most of...