Health

Ozone in Medicine

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Sheila Mohammed, MD, PhD

Ozone is a form of oxygen which possesses unique properties which are applied to clinical practice. It contains a large excess of energy which manifests bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal actions which make it a treatment of choice in certain conditions. During the First World War, ozone’s bactericidal properties were used to treat infected wounds, mustard gas burns and fistulas. Today, medical ozone generators deliver the purest ozone-oxygen mixtures in precise dosages. Ozone must be freshly generated for immediate use at the treatment site.

Contraindications to ozone treatment include acute alcohol intoxication, recent myocardial infarction, hemorrhage from any organ, pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, thrombocytopenia and ozone allergy.…

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Dalyann Barnett arrived on Molokai from Ohio on a Monday two weeks ago, and started work as Molokai High’s new athletic trainer the same day.

The school’s athletes have been without a trainer to ensure their health and safety during training and sporting events since last year. Before that, it had been two years since an athletic trainer had worked on campus.

“Dalyann is a gift from heaven,” said MHS Athletic Director Hoku Haliniak. “We now have someone on staff that will be able to assist our student-athletes and their injuries.”

Barnett moved to Molokai with her three-year-old and her fiancé.…

Be Fire Safe: Brush Removal

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Richard Schonely, Fire Inspector

Recent heavy rains have created new brush growth. Check your house or lot now and take steps to protect your property from fire hazards.

The Department of Fire and Public Safety asks property owners to make sure their land is in compliance with the Uniform Fire Code pertaining to brush as adopted by the County of Maui. Fire personnel will be inspecting parcels yearly throughout Molokai.

Visit the nearest fire station to pick up a brochure on how the parcel should be maintained. You can also visit firewise.org to get tips on making your home safe from a brush fire.…

The Cats of Ke Nani Kai

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The Cats of Ke Nani Kai

It runs like clockwork. Every morning at 7 a.m. and once again at 5 p.m., a cluster of cats congregate on an empty patch of gravel on the eastern end of the West Molokai’s Ke Nani  Kai Resort. There, they have all they require, including a hand-constructed litter box and wooden containers for food and water, which are religiously filled by a group of resort residents.

“I think they bring comfort,” said Vera Huff, reaching out to scratch behind the ear of a cat she calls Marilynn. Huff is a Ke Nani Kai (KNK) resident who volunteers to feed the cats each week.…

Faces of Molokai Community Health Center

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Faces of Molokai Community Health Center

MCHC News Release

There’s no doubt that 2013 has been a year of growth and renewal at the Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC).  In light of this, we would like to introduce the many new faces that you will be seeing on our campus and how they may be a resource to you.

May 2013 presented a big shift for the Molokai Community Health Center.  A re-organization of existing departments and services led to the dissolution of what was once “Family Support Services” to a much larger and integrated department of medical and family services now aptly called our Health and Wellness Department.…

MCHC Earns National Recognition

Friday, March 7th, 2014

NCQA News Release

The Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) has received recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program, announced the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private nonprofit dedicated to improving health care quality. The recognition is for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term participative relationships.

The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care.…

Local Lions Club Celebrates 75

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Molokai Lion Club News Release

Seventy-five years is a long time to be consistently active within a community. The Molokai Lions Club has achieved this status! On March 14-16, the Molokai Lions Club will celebrate 75 year of continuing public service to the community of Molokai.

The club invites all past Lion members to come and join the present members for one or both evenings of fun and fellowship at Home Pumehana. Both nights start at 5:30 p.m. There is a $10 charge for Friday night and a $15 charge for Saturday night’s banquet luau. Please contact Lion Jackie at 553-5006 if you plan to come.…

Kualapu`u 5K Race #2 Results

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Kualapu`u School News Release

Dry road conditions prevailed this past Saturday, Feb. 22 for the second of six races in Kualapu`u School’s 5K Series.  After what seemed like an eternity of rain, the clouds parted, and runners were treated to a fast course along the Farrington Highway.   With the improved climactic conditions and an official-length course, more racers turned out and race times improved dramatically.

Elementary School Girls
1. Keahe Ross 25:33
2. Kapili’ula Naehu 31:12
3. Emmalee Duvauchelle 50:49

Elementary School Boys
1. Dylan Alavazo 24:46
2. Nico Wittenberg 28:47
3. Kahuhu Linker Meyers Moss 40:01

Open Women
1. Sue Forbes-Kikukawa 21:22
2.…

Tips from the Vet for Your Pet: Responsible Breeding

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Tips from the Vet for Your Pet: Responsible Breeding

Community Contributed

By Dr. Stewart Morgan DVM, Molokai Humane Society

Everyone loves puppies and kittens, but on Molokai, there are more puppies and kittens than there are good homes. If you are someone that would like your pet to have babies, first decide if your pet should be bred. Is your pet healthy and up to date on its vaccines and free of heartworm, fleas, ticks and tick diseases? Does your dog have a good temperament (is it not aggressive or extremely nervous)? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, please think twice about breeding your pet!

Remember, registration papers do not mean an animal is healthy or breeding material, they only mean that you know who an animal’s ancestors are.…

Molokai Fitness: Breathing

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Ayda Ersoy

Are you breathing? Or rather, do you realize you are breathing?

Just try this now: stand up, stretch for a second, then sit down. Do this right now, don’t continue reading until you have done it!

Now think, when you were standing up, did you hold your breath? How about when you were sitting down?

This week, before every meal close your eyes and take a deep breath. Just feel your in and out breath. You will feel relaxed. You will also be much more present.  Most of the time, you don’t realize how much food you are eating, maybe you don’t even realize what food you are eating!…