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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!

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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

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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

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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

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    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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18. April 2014

Uncategorized

Leading on Screening for Colorectal Cancer

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By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research About 137,000 new cases of cancer in the colon or rectum are diagnosed each year in the United States; with 50,000 deaths, it is the third leading cause of cancer death. Fortunately, screening tests are available that can find colorectal cancer early. […]

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Happy 100th, Dr. Collen!

Happy 100th, Dr. Collen!

Morris Collen, MD, pioneer of computer-assisted health care, celebrates his centennial. By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, KP Northern California Division of Research Multimedia show: Dr. Morris Collen: A Remarkable Story In 1961, Sidney R. Garfield, MD, founding physician of Kaiser Permanente, asked his colleague Morris F. Collen, MD, an internist since 1948 and one […]

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Electronic health records are linked to improved diabetes care for Kaiser Permanente patients

Electronic health records are linked to improved diabetes care for Kaiser Permanente patients

Video: KP scientists on electronic health records By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, KP NCAL Division of Research Kaiser Permanente’s electronic health records are world-renowned for their pivotal role in providing integrated care, and now new research confirms that the KP HealthConnect system improves outcomes for patients. Mary Reed, DrPH, staff scientist with the Kaiser […]

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