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13. August 2014

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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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9. June 2014

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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 to the [...]

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18. April 2014

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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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6. November 2013

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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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15. October 2013

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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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10. October 2013

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Study Results Aid Understanding of Gestational Diabetes

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A Division of Research study may lead toward less gestational diabetes. Interview by Lynn Mundell, editor, Inside KP Northern California Monique Hedderson, PhD, a research scientist at the region’s Division of Research (DOR), has been building her research career around mother-baby health. Hedderson is principal investigator of 3 studies underway and co-lead on several more [...]

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7. August 2013

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Grand Opportunity Creates Cutting-Edge Research Potential

Grand Opportunity Creates Cutting-Edge Research Potential

By Ann Wallace, Senior Communications Specialist In 2009, the Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH) received a Grand Opportunity grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a project entitled “Developing a Resource for Genetic Epidemiology Research in Adult Health and Aging.” When the nearly $25 million grant was awarded to Kaiser [...]

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22. July 2013

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Study Targets Hypertension Disparity

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By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, Division of Research This year, the KP Northern California Division of Research received an $11 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) for a series of studies on stroke prevention in blacks and young adults, to be conducted in conjunction with the University of California, San [...]

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2. July 2013

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Alcohol Consumption as a Vital Sign

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By Ann Wallace, Senior Communications Specialist In 2010, with a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the researchers of the Division of Research’s Drug and Alcohol Team — led by Behavioral Health & Aging Section Chief Connie Weisner, DrPH, MSW, and Principal Investigator Jennifer Mertens, PhD — began a study on [...]

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31. May 2013

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DOR’s Lisa Herrinton Named Top KP Innovator for Specialty Disease Registries

DOR’s Lisa Herrinton Named Top KP Innovator for Specialty Disease Registries

By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research For many years, the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research (DOR) has specialized in creating disease registries for common medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, viral hepatitis and HIV. A large number of clinicians and researchers make use of these data registries to better understand [...]

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