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Check Six: Norman Higa – 40+ years ago

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Norman Higa served in the medical unit initially as a Traditional Guardmember and later as a technician. This photograph was probably taken in the 1970s based on his rank.

The Anti-Cancer Diet: Foods That Prevent Cancer

From the Everyday Health website

An anti-cancer diet is an important strategy you can use to reduce your risk of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends, for example, that you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and eat the right amount of food to stay at a healthy weight. In addition, researchers are finding that certain foods that prevent cancer may be an important part of an anti-cancer diet.

Although selecting cancer-fighting foods at the grocery store and at mealtime can’t guarantee cancer prevention, good choices may help reduce your risk.

Consider these anti-cancer diet guidelines:

See What You Can Do Online at the Social Security website

The following are just a few of the actions you can take on the Social Security website.

+ Retire online

+ Apply for disability benefits

+ Apply for Medicare benefits

+ Changes your address

+ Estimate your future beneftis

+ Replace your Social Security card

Check the Social Security website

Check Six: Weapons Shop NCOICs – 35+ years ago

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This undated photograph shows Kenneth Iinuma and Randall Lum of the Weapons Shop. Based on the uniforms and ranks, the photograph was taken in the late 70s or the early 80s.


Eat the Right Fish for Heart Health

From the Everyday Health website

From snapper to sole, tilapia to tilefish, there’s a wide variety of fish to choose from at your grocer’s fish counter. The American Heart Association (AHA) says that eating at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna, can help beat heart disease and heart attack. But there’s a catch: Research shows that so-called “heart-healthy” fish like these may not be so healthy for you after all.

For your heart and health in general, “the advice should not be just eat fish, but to eat the right kinds of fish,” Dr. Carpenter says.

To make sure you’re buying the best kinds of fish for your health, get up to speed about methylmercury and PCBs.

Medicare Is Cracking Down on Opioids. Doctors Fear Pain Patients Will Suffer

From The New York Times website

Medicare officials thought they had finally figured out how to do their part to fix the troubling problem of opioids being overprescribed to the old and disabled: In 2016 a staggering one in three of the 43.6 million beneficiaries of the program’s drug plan had been prescribed the painkillers.

Medicare, they decided, would now refuse to pay for long-term, high-dose prescriptions; a rule to that effect is expected to be approved on April 2. Some medical experts have praised the regulation as a check on addiction.

But the proposal has also drawn a broad and clamorous blowback from many people who would be directly affected by it, including patients with chronic pain, primary care doctors and experts in pain management and addiction medicine.

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Taps: Robert “Bob” Chang

Robert “Bob” Wah Kwon Chang, 79, passed away on February 5, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Robert was born on September 19, 1938 in Honolulu to Koon Kau and Alice Chang. Bob spent his career playing the clarinet and saxophone in the Royal Hawaiian Band and the 111th Army Band and selling produce.

Bob is survived by his wife Louella and daughters and their families Cory-Ann, Michael, Alyson and Aiden Wind and Stacey, Tino, Cristian and Gabriella Gonzalez both of Portland, Oregon. Bob is also survived by sister Evelyn Chang and brother Richard Chang both of Kaneohe and predeceased by brother Arthur Chang.

Private services were held at the Hawaii State Veteran’s Cemetery in Kaneohe.

Taps: Wilfred Seiji Takabayashi

Wilfred Seiji Takabayashi, 86, of Waimanalo, an Army veteran and retired Master Sergeant for the Hawaii Army National Guard, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 7, 2018. He was born in Honolulu and graduated from Saint Louis College in 1949.

He is survived by his wife, Molly; daughters, Wanda (Barry) Kugiya, Colleen (Craig Ogata) Takabayashi and Carie Takabayashi; son, Wayne (Beverly); sisters, Leatrice Kato and Dorothy Sasada; brothers, Kenneth (Doris) and Roy (Arlyn); and by five grandchildren.

Visitation is at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. The service begins at 4:00 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary

Off Track: A Guide for Eating and Drinking in Las Vegas

From the Vegas Eater website

Las Vegas is full of restaurants to explore, new and old. Eater is here to guide you to the right spot for every situation, whether you need a reliable late-night restaurant, a swanky place to impress a date or the perfect restaurant for a business meeting.

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Famous Veterans: Pat Sajak

Pat Sajak, the host of the American game show Wheel of Fortune was born and raised in Chicago. After he graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 1968, he joined the U.S. Army. He was sent to Vietnam, where he served as a disk jockey on American Forces Vietnam Network. During his tour, his roommate was Joe Moore, Hawaii’s longest sitting news anchor.

Sajak had several media jobs in radio and television after his discharge. In 1981, Sajak began his tenure as the host of Wheel of Fortune. His current contract runs to 2020.

Pat Sajak bio on Wikipedia

Pat Sajak bio on the IMDb website

For Many Strokes, There’s an Effective Treatment. Why Aren’t Some Doctors Offering It?

From The New York Times website

It was one of those findings that would change medicine, Dr. Christopher Lewandowski thought.

For years, doctors had tried — and failed — to find a treatment that would preserve the brains of stroke patients. The task was beginning to seem hopeless: Once a clot blocked a blood vessel supplying the brain, its cells quickly began to die. Patients and their families could only pray that the damage would not be too extensive.

But then a large federal clinical trial proved that a so-called clot-buster drug, tissue plasminogen activator (T.P.A.), could prevent brain injury after  a stroke by opening up the blocked vessel. Dr. Lewandowski, an emergency medicine physician at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and the trial’s principal investigator, was ecstatic.

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Off Track: Oahu Eateries 50+ Club

From the Tasty Island website

Originally this list was going to include those that have achieved over 25 years in business. However, there are now just way too many that have already done that!

Reaching the milestone 25-year silver anniversary is already an incredible feat, especially considering how demanding and competitive the food and beverage industry is here on Oahu. Yet let’s recognize and show our love to those who have REALLY gone and limped, walked, roughed and ran the extra miles, having celebrated and surpassed their 50 year golden anniversary and beyond. That truly is amazing!

Congratulations to all the Oahu eateries now a part of the 50+ Club, and here’s to many more!

The list begins here

Webmaster comment: Please note this article was written in 2013 and a few of the businesses listed have since closed.

Medicare is a maze — here’s where to get help

From the CBS News website

With my 65th birthday — and eligibility for Medicare — arriving in a few months, my mailbox is full of solicitations for Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage Plans. If I accepted all the free lunches and dinners I’ve been offered in exchange for attending these Medicare workshops, I’d be 10 pounds heavier.

The fact is, I’m experiencing a range of emotions as I approach this landmark age. How did I get this old? It seems like just yesterday I was entering the workforce and starting a family. On the other hand, hooray: No more high-deductible health plans or worrying about Congress overturning the ban on exclusions for preexisting conditions.

To help readers who are also approaching their 65th birthday, I’m sharing some things I’ve learned in hopes you can also find whatever guidance you’ll need.

Who will care for you when you are elderly and frail? You should plan now

From the PSB website

For all of us, the future will include a period — perhaps brief, perhaps extended — of frailty and physical decline. No one is immune. Broccoli and advice from relatives are things we apparently like to avoid, and clearly many people have added old-age planning to that list. I hope you don’t.

I would like to scare the stuffing out of you today but will try to lighten the tone enough so that you don’t kill the messenger. Still, I want you to feel a compelling need to spend just an hour or maybe two doing some planning for the future.

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