Archive for ‘Health’

July 4, 2020

Gov. Ige, Lt. Gov. Green – Are We Trying to Make O’ahu Another Amity Island?

by Cliff Bailey

Amity. Definition of: “FRIENDSHIP especially: friendly relations between nations // an era of international amity”.

Amity Island: “a fictional island located off the coast of New England, and is the main setting of the Jaws franchise.

In Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, JAWS, the small Amity Island community, off the coast of New England, is beset by a maneating great white shark. The island’s brand new chief of police, Martin Brody, is responsible for public safety and ends up enlisting the help of Matt Hooper, an oceanographer who specializes in sharks.

Brody’s first big challenge is getting the local government to do what is necessary to keep the shark from killing more people: closing the beaches until the shark is dealt with. This is unheard of as Amity’s primary source of economic activity is summer tourism and Brody and Hooper are trying to get the beaches closed at the very beginning of summer.

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July 4, 2020

The Dangers of Re-opening

Worldwide pandemics are possibly the most dangerous weapon against human safety. “If something came along and was to kill millions of people, a pandemic would be our greatest risk” Bill Gates told interviewers for Vox in May of 2019. Pandemics have the ability to spread rapidly to millions of people in just a matter of months. COVID-19 is currently the largest pandemic affecting the world. There is no vaccine to prevent or cure the deadly virus and as for now the only way to stop its spread is to socially distance. Recently many countries of the world have decided to come out of emergency lockdowns, but this will only increase the number of coronavirus cases. In order to end the spread of this deadly virus, countries must work together and create a plan to decrease infection while vaccines are being created.

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July 3, 2020

Diversification or Devastation: Tourism Arrives at an Economic and Ideological Crossroads

By Carin Enovijas

crowded waikikiCatastrophic upheaval and devastation wrought by wars, plagues and natural disasters generally tend to inspire collaborative, innovative solutions to some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Even when empires collapse, “the ratchet effect” is what drives us to keep improving our odds for generational survival and quality of life through increased complexity and diversity. The global Covid-19 pandemic has emerged at a crucial intersection of dysfunction that goes well beyond issues of public health and safety. It has helped to expose the critical erosion of economic, political, and social institutions, while interrupting fragmented efforts to address the imminent devastation of climate change.

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July 2, 2020

The Military’s Evil Truth

By a disgusted veteran

A pervasive problem has shown its ugly face in the wake of Private First Class Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance. The unfortunate and saddening story of a woman who was afraid to speak up about sexual harassment and assault brings the reality and fears of many women in the military. The culture of the military has allowed this type of behavior to thrive and instill fear into those that serve with little promise of action being taken against the offender. While programs exist to try to curb the numbers, is the military doing enough to help the men and women who swore to put their lives on the line for our freedom?

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June 30, 2020

If You’re Not Immune, Don’t Come Too Soon!

covidboxby Cliff Bailey

Imagine Hawaii is Rocky Balboa and COVID-19 is Ivan Drago. Where things currently stand, we’re in the middle of There’s No Easy Way Out. We’re challenged as never before with an insidious virus that wreaks havoc on the human body and as of yet has no cure, treatment, or vaccine. And yet, it seems as though the majority of our nation is taking the easy way out. So far, Hawaii has avoided plague-like levels of infection and our hospitalization and mortality rates are the lowest in the U.S. But as our economy continues to erode and the sea of unemployment rises, steps are being taken to sink us even further into the depths of the virus.

June 30, 2020

Masks! To wear or not to wear that is the question.

photo-1584634731339-252c581abfc5Wearing a mask has become such an issue for Americans the debate has turned into political talking points with the presidential election right around the corner. The democratic candidate Joe Biden released a statement saying he would make masks mandatory for all Americans. This statement was made after the republican candidate, Donald Trump, did not require face mask for his recent rally in Tulsa. So how did we get here? On April 3rd, the CDC advised all people to wear face masks or coverings in public situations when social distancing cannot be maintained. While some industries have eased regulations on face masks, most businesses requiring contact with customers or other employees to do business are still required to wear masks.

June 30, 2020

Education and a Pandemic: What to Prioritize

Written by a College Student

Students typically correlate schools as a place of safety and open arms, but they might not be so welcoming this upcoming year. With coronavirus still resulting in large amounts of daily cases, schools are unsure of their next steps. K-12 and higher education students had to transition to distance learning (online school) quickly in March and haven’t been back in a classroom since. With the back to school season coming up, what will education look like in the midst of a global pandemic? While there are still some unknowns to Covid-19, schools should reopen because their safety measures are adequate.

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June 30, 2020

The Mask Dilemma

As the number of deaths linked to coronavirus in the United States looms over 100,000, in theory, all measures are put in place to prevent and protect the population. In some states this means mandating the use of face masks in most public settings or when social distancing can not be enforced. For many, though not all, face masks have become the new fashion and new way of living. For others, numbers, science, logic, laws will not stop them from their defiance in wearing a mask, including the President. Arising from this is the issue of whether more can be done to enforce the requirements and orders of wearing face masks in public. If further steps are not taken, there may be fearful consequences to the United States. Though what more can be done?

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June 30, 2020

Trump and COVID-19: Where American Populism Failed the Test

It has been a turbulent final year for Donald Trump’s term as president of the United States. While he may be used to dealing with money and power, he much like the rest of us could not have anticipated a pandemic. When the stakes were lower for everyone in the world, his ignorant and inhumane rhetoric was easier to laugh off or sidestep. Michelle Goldberg has choice words for the cultural peril that Trump’s presidency represents: “This is what American exceptionalism looks like under Donald Trump…

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June 30, 2020

The Consequences of Ignoring Public Health

In February 2020, a killer broke ground in the United States, and citizens had no idea they were about to become targets of a blind massacre. Frank Gabrin, 60, was the first E.R. physician to feel the sting of the murderer’s weapon. April Dunn, 33, was an outspoken disability rights advocate, who dedicated her life to equal access for those with disabilities before passing. Wogene Debele, 43, died shortly after giving birth to her fourth child, a son, whom she never had the opportunity to meet. There are countless stories like this; stories of ordinary people, good people, who had their life cut short due to this devastation. But what is to blame?

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June 30, 2020

Intersecting Pandemics: Gun Violence is a Public Health Issue Rooted in Inequality

By Carin Enovijas

2 pistolsAmerica is simultaneously fighting two intersecting pandemics: Covid-19 and the deadly spread of chronic, socioeconomic inequalities underlying the proliferation of gun violence that disproportionately affects communities of color. Historically in America, gun violence rises during times of crisis. Economic hardships and social unrest incite fear and panic causing people to scramble for protection, as was the case following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Sandy Hook shootings, and now Covid-19.

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June 30, 2020

Coronavirus is not Easing the Pedal on Its Spread, Neither Should We on Our Restrictions


In just one week’s time, the state of Florida witnessed a rise of nearly 13,000 cases of coronavirus. As the number of cases begin to rise following the anticipated “reopening” of states and ease of restrictions, there is a growing concern over whether it is safe to do so.

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June 30, 2020

Covid-19 Underscores the Need for Medical for All

By Carin Enovijas

M4AAs the world struggles with the socioeconomic impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic, The United States of America remains the only industrialized nation in the world without universal healthcare. Yet, we outspend all other developed nations, averaging $10,000 per capita annually on healthcare expenses. Meanwhile, in 2018 nearly 37 million were uninsured and another 41 million were unable to access costly healthcare services, according to a Yale University study published by The Lancet. Medical bills are still the number one cause of bankruptcies in the US, while the top seven US health insurance companies pocketed $35.7 billion in profits for 2019.

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June 29, 2019

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Advocates Agreed! But Not For the Same Reasons

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Last week, a woman in the UK was court-ordered to have her unborn baby killed. The woman’s doctors convinced Justice Nathalie Lieven to compel her to have an abortion because of her mental disabilities. The doctors believed that because she has to the mental age of a child, the birth of and care for the baby would be harmful to the woman and to the child. It was believed that the baby might not be cared for and that the mother would be subject to psychological damage in the process of childbirth. The baby’s grandmother, mother of the woman, joined forces with the woman’s social worker and lawyers to make an appeal because they all believed the baby should be born. Internationally, the public was rooting for the woman; it was even a possibility that the US would get involved in protecting the woman and her child. Many are rejoicing, however, because the ruling was overturned

It is significant that here, many on both sides of the abortion argument agreed that this woman should not be forced to have an abortion.

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June 29, 2019

Changing Life’s Course: CRISPR and Gene-Editing Technology

gene-editing-2375732_960_720Numbered are the days where having your “mother’s eyes” or your “father’s nose” are products of a genetic lottery. Since the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), methods to repair, replace, and repurpose life’s genetic code have become increasingly prevalent. Within the last decade, genetic engineering’s small beginnings have erupted into an industry dedicated to the manipulation of genomes. From increased crop yield to improved disease treatment, the applications of genetic engineering reach far and wide, but this Russian biologist wants to make it possible to choose what features you want in your children.

At the forefront of genetic engineering is a technology known as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, or CRISPR, whose functions could dictate everything before and between birth and burial. Through its widespread applications, CRISPR pushes scientists to set their sights on creating bigger, better solutions. Some scientists, however, have pushed the envelope of genetic editing by tampering with human life. Stories like China’s commitment to creating more gene-edited babies sparks contentious debate about the ethics of genetic editing and invites an obvious question: should gene-editing technologies, specifically CRISPR, be more heavily regulated?

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June 24, 2019

The Benefit of Vaccinations and California’s SB 276

Everyone gets sick. Everyone can get sick. Regardless of your age, sex, nationality, or any other factor that could set you apart from the next person, your human body is susceptible to illness. We can’t control this fact of life, but we can control how we use tools to minimize it. The exercising of the latter is evident in the usage of tools like vaccinations and government authority by the United States’ state of California. In an attempt to maximize immunity to certain diseases that results in illness, California has proposed a bill titled “Senate Bill 276 (SB 276),” which requires children entering school to receive proper immunizations beforehand. There are limited circumstances we as humans have control over, but if we can extend our control over the public’s health by passing this bill, it would be wise to do so.

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June 30, 2018

Plastic Pollution is a Major Problem

I researched plastic pollution to write a paper about how it affects the environment, when I was a freshman in highschool. Then again as a senior in highschool. 5 years later and I’m writing about it again. I realize all the information is the same, yet the situation seems to be getting worse. Plastic pollution continues to grow throughout the entire world, even to places where no humans being have ever been. Plastic does so much damage to our environment, there needs to be more of an effort to fix this crisis. 

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June 29, 2018

The Supreme Court Supports Lying and Deception

close-up-court-courthouse-534204When I see a doctor, I don’t question their character. I go in and I listen to them because they tell you the truth. They give you all the necessary information that you need, and they let you make a decision. They may make recommendations, but ultimately, they give you all of the required information in an unbiased manner and they leave the decision making in your hands. This is how it has been for me, and this is how it certainly should be for pregnant women. Across the United States there are about 2,700 anti-abortion crisis centers. Some of these centers are medically license, and other are not. These centers are religiously motivated places that strongly encourage women to seek all other options besides abortion. There are actually three times as much anti-abortion crisis centers than clinics that provide abortions. These centers are government funded in 14 states. From 2001 to 2006, these centers received about $30 million.These centers have built a reputation for being deceptive and taking advantage of the vulnerability of pregnant women in order to push their political agenda.

In 2015, California passed the Reproductive FACT Act. This act had 2 provisions. First, “The FACT Act requires unlicensed crisis pregnancy centers to post a sign or otherwise disclose to their clients in writing that the center is not a licensed medical facility and has no licensed medical provider who supervises the provision of services.”. The second provision requires licensed centers “to post a sign that says the state provides free or low-cost access to prenatal care, birth control and other reproductive care, including abortions”. This act was recently appealed and upheld unanimously by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court reversed this decision and no longer requires anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to more fully disclose what they are.

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June 27, 2018

Here’s Why We Should Legalize Marijuana

I read an article about a mom who had her cannabis oils confiscated at an airport in the UK, because marijuana is illegal there. However, the purpose of the oils were for her son’s epilepsy. The family has been using the cannabis oils to help calm the natures of the young boy’s seizures. The article says that after having the oils confiscated “he ended up in the hospital after his seizures intensified.” The cannabis oils were later returned on the grounds that this situation was a “medical emergency.” It’s scary to think that without the use of medical marijuana, people in these types of situations don’t have that kind of medication. This is why the use of medical marijuana should be legalized across the US. Don’t you think that if cigarettes are legal, then so should marijuana. Marijuana is illegal, yet is widely known for its health benefits. While cigarettes, which actually deteriorates health is legal. Does that makes sense? No it doesn’t. I believe that all people should have the right to all the types of medication they need. I know a few people who heavily rely on medical marijuana due to pain and mental health. I also have friends who use marijuana to stay away from their addiction to cigarettes and opioids. Knowing this, marijuana should be legal so that people at least have it as a use for medication. It provides many benefits that outweigh the consequences of legalizing it. We need to give a voice to the legalization of marijuana, so that those who are in need of its medicinal properties can have it. 

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June 26, 2018

Trump’s New Title X Takes Away Crucial Funding for Family Planning Organizations

Screen Shot 2018-06-26 at 12.00.52 AMSomething I don’t think some people realize, is how grueling having a baby can be. The changes to your body and hormones, medical complications, medical finances, etc. If you don’t have the support and stability for that, what can you do? Some people say adoption, but just having your body change out of your control, and giving birth is something that isn’t easy to endure. Many people focus on all the positive aspects of having a baby. However, for many women who aren’t ready for that, it’s a nightmare. The fear of getting pregnant at the wrong time is why we also have contraceptives and places like Planned Parenthood. It’s to give us choice of deciding what we want to do. A lot of the funding that supports women and families in need are being threatened. Trump’s revision of Title X will ruin what was created to help people.

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