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Mammography program put on hold | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The Hilo Women’s Imaging Center announced its screening and diagnostic mammography program is on hold until after a site visit by the American College of Radiology on Oct. 27 and 28 in Hilo.

Source: Mammography program put on hold | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/mammography-program-put-on-hold).

Accessed on 29 September 2016, 15:45 hrs, UTC.

The Hilo Women’s Imagery Center in Hilo has suspended its mammography program until an inspection by the American College of Radiology is completed between 27 October and 28 October 2016.

Dr. James Lambeth, the president of Hawaii Radiologic Associates, tells reporter Jeff Hansel that both the ACR and the Food and Drug Administration have asked HRA to “submit additional plans for corrective action and called for an on-site survey before the program can reinstated.”

The site visit will include a radiologist, a medical physician, and mammography technologist fro the American College of Radiology.

Ashley Kierkiewicz, a spokesperson for the Women’s Imaging Center, said “HRA’s Kona facility is fully certified, accredited and remains unaffected.”


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33 sickened in apparent mass drug overdose in New York City


More than two dozen people were sickened in an apparent mass drug overdose on a New York City street corner, sparking warnings from police and health officials about the dangers of using K2, also known as synthetic marijuana..

Source: 33 sickened in apparent mass drug overdose in New York City (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com).

Accessed on 13 July 2016, 06:39 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Such a waste of life.  Apparently, K2 or synthetic marijuana is becoming the drug of choice for some thrill seekers in the Big Apple.  Health officials and police are warning that the chemical substitute for marijuana can cause serious health problems, even death.  A cautionary tale for all of us.


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Select Betty Crocker cake mix recalled after multistate E. coli outbreak | KHON2


No illnesses have been directly connected to the mix, but the mixes are being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Source: Select Betty Crocker cake mix recalled after multistate E. coli outbreak | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/07/11/select-betty-crocker-cake-mix-recalled-for-multistate-e-coli-outbreak/).

Accessed on 12 July 2016, 15:20 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

It’ time to check your food pantry again as another product recall is underway.  This time, General Mills has recalled two cake mixes suspected of having E.coli 0121 contamination.  The recalled products include:

Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Cake Mix.

Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix.

If you have either of these cake mixes in your home, please throw them out.  Don’t eat them.

General Mills has set up an information line to help you with recall procedures:  800-526-4579.


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KHNL: New report forecasts first year medical marijuana revenues to top $30M


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Less than three months after the state awarded its first medical marijuana dispensary licenses, advocates are forecasting huge growth for the industry.A new report

Source: KHNL: New report forecasts first year medical marijuana revenues to top $30M (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=JUbJFZoW).

Accessed on 11 July 2016, 16:48 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Rick Daysog.

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Comment:

A new report from The Hawaii Dispensary Alliance says revenues generated from the state’s newly-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries will be significant and will grow over the coming years.

Christopher Garth, the executive director of The Hawaii Dispensary Alliance, tells reporter Rick Daysog that “we are looking at a robust industry about to develop…we’re looking at somewhere around $30 million in the next year and as much as $80 million at a conservative estimate by 2018.”

Supporters of the industry say most of the licensed medical marijuana dispensaries will be operational by the end of the year.


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Extended Care downsized; Hilo Medical Center retains facility, but reduces capacity | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


After nearly a year of uncertainty regarding the future capacity of its Extended Care Facility, the Hilo Medical Center announced Tuesday that the unit will focus its efforts on a smaller patient population.

Source: Extended Care downsized; Hilo Medical Center retains facility, but reduces capacity | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/extend-care-downsized-hilo-medical-center-retains-facility-reduces-capacity).

Accessed on 19 May 2016, 13:33 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

Over the past year, the Hilo Medical Center has cut back on some services and retrained personnel into other specialties in an attempt to compensate for an expected $6 to $7 million deficit this year.  The latest move is to reduce the size of the hospital’s extended care facility and focus on a smaller patient population.

HHSC East Hawaii Regional CEO Dan Brinkman tells reporter Ivy Ashe that the upper 20s number is a “comfortable fit…for the staff and center.” To maintain that number, several patients are being moved to extended care facilities in Pahala, Honokaa, and at private care facilities.


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Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding | Honolulu Star-Advertiser


WASHINGTON >> After a three-month delay, the Senate is acting on President Barack Obama’s request for money to combat the Zika virus.

Source: Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding | Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://www.staradvertiser.com/breaking-news/senate-likely-to-advance-1-1-billion-im-zika-funding).

Accessed on 17 May 2016, 15:00 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

After three months of debate and delay, the U.S. Senate will vote today on 3 plans to battle the Zika virus.  The procedural vote “would pave the way to add funds for the government’s response to the Zika virus in an unrelated bill.  The Zika virus is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, because the virus has been linked to serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, hearing deficits, eye problems, and impaired growth.


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Hilo center close to resuming mammograms | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Mammography procedures at the Hilo Women’s Imaging Center are on track to resume in the coming weeks.

Source: Hilo center close to resuming mammograms | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hilo-center-resuming-mammograms).

Accessed on 09 May 2016, 00:37 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

The machines that record mammograms at the Hilo Women’s Imaging Center have received accreditation from the American College of Radiology, thus ending a period in which no mammograms could be taken in the Hilo area.

Dr. David Camacho, a partner and co-owner of Hawaii Radiologic Associates, LTD in Hilo and Kona, told reporter Ivy Ashe that “there are a lot of quality issues with mammograms (so) it’s highly regulated…you’re tweaking it all the time.”  Now that both machines have been inspected and accredited by the ACR, all that remains is for the FDA to certify the machines.

When the recertification process is done, the Hilo center will be open seven days a week to address the backlog of patients.


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