29. June 2016


Transforming the Health Care Response to Domestic Violence

Kaiser Permanente’s Family Violence Prevention Program is getting attention as a national leader in improving the health care response to intimate partner violence. (Pictured, left to right: Krista Kotz, Phd; Brigid McCaw, MD, and Kelly C. Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH.) Using an innovative approach, Kaiser Permanente Northern California has dramatically increased the recognition of patients experiencing […]

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Groundbreaking, Large-Scale Study to Examine Transgender Health Outcomes


By Willy Wilkinson, MPH, Consultant, PCORI Transgender Study Transgender people represent a sizable, underserved population with unique health needs and systemic barriers to health care access. Research on transgender health has been limited to very small studies that have not focused on long-term issues or quality of life. This lack of research is changing with […]

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8. December 2015


Video: CARDIA Study Uncovers Critical Findings on Heart Disease and Disparities

The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland is one of four CARDIA study sites. Thirty years ago, some 1,400 Kaiser Permanente members in Oakland began taking part in a study that has led to important findings on health disparities and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Many of the original participants are now returning for […]

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20. May 2015

Aging, Dementia

Major New Study to Demonstrate Value of PET Scans in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis


By Ann Wallace, Senior Communications Specialist, Division of Research A new, $100 million, four-year study will determine the clinical usefulness and value in diagnosing Alzheimer’s and other dementias through a brain positron emission tomography (PET) scan that detects amyloid plaques, a core feature of Alzheimer’s disease. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has […]

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High blood pressure? Bring It Down!


Bring It Down is learning how to close the disparity between black and white people in high blood pressure control, with the ultimate goal of reducing stroke risk. By Ann Wallace, Senior Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research When it comes to high blood pressure, Kaiser Permanente Northern California is very good at bringing […]

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Alcohol as a Vital Sign: We Ask Everyone

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By Ann Wallace, Senior Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research If you’ve paid a visit to your primary care physician in the last 18 months, it’s highly likely that the Medical Assistant (MA) who accompanies you to the exam room has asked two brief questions about your alcohol consumption. Those questions are the threshold […]

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1. April 2015

Autism, Genetics

New Autism Family Genetics Study Launches


By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, Division of Research A new Kaiser Permanente study will gather genetic material from 5,000 member families in order to undertake urgently needed research on autism spectrum disorders. “Our goal for this new research bank is to create a resource that helps guide the development of effective autism treatments,” said […]

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9. March 2015

Cancer, Delivery science

Jazz Diva of DOR finds her Ninth Muse

Jazz Diva of DOR finds her Ninth Muse

“Opie Bellas is back, and she’s assembled an international treasure trove of songs that she interprets with the exquisite taste, piercing emotional intelligence, and sumptuous musicality that’s long distinguished her work.”
— Andrew Gilbert, jazz critic, San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News

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Maintaining weight is a healthy focus for women with breast cancer


Women with breast cancer who maintained their weight were less likely to report changes in their physical abilities following diagnosis, according to a study by Kaiser Permanente researchers. “People who gained or lost more than 10 percent of their pre-diagnosis body weight both showed physical functional limitations two years after diagnosis,” says Candyce H. Kroenke, […]

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Big Data Improves Care for Kaiser Permanente’s Smallest Members


    By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research Doctors in Kaiser Permanente’s neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) can use an innovative online calculator to determine whether preterm and newborn babies are at risk of sepsis—a life-threatening systemic infection—thanks to robust data sets maintained by the Division of Research (DOR). “Prior […]

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