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Transforming the Health Care Response to Domestic Violence

29. June 2016


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

8. December 2015

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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Big Data Improves Care for Kaiser Permanente’s Smallest Members

9. June 2014


    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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Leading on Screening for Colorectal Cancer

18. April 2014


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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Alcohol Consumption as a Vital Sign

2. July 2013

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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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Caring for Adults with Autism

1. May 2013

Scott and Steve Rich

A working group based in the KP NCAL Division of Research seeks innovative ways to address the health care needs of adults with autism. By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, KP NCAL Division of Research The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased dramatically over the last three decades. From an estimated 1 in […]

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DOR advances innovation in colorectal cancer screening

28. March 2013


By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research has been an indisputable innovator in the science of screening for colorectal cancer; studies by DOR researchers have contributed to national screenings guidelines while delivering the most effective methods to KP members and the community. Now, a 5-year, $5.7 million PROSPR study funded […]

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Landmark Heart Study Pioneers Science of Health Disparities

20. February 2013

Steve Sidney

Study pioneers the science of health disparities—and launches quest to solve big problems in health care. By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH, has spent a good portion of his 30-year career with the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Division of Research (DOR) as principal investigator […]

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Vitamin D supplementation lags among people who may need it most

24. January 2013

Nutritional supplements

By Janet Byron, Senior Communications Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research Many adult members of Kaiser Permanente Northern California who are at high risk for vitamin D insufficiency are not getting it from dietary supplements, according to a recent survey by researchers with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. “There are certain risk factors that […]

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A Meaningful Mission to Ghana

29. November 2012


Dr. Maryam M. Asgari spent her summer vacation improving community health in a Ghana village. By Janet Byron, Senior Communication Specialist, Division of Research A paper plate hanging in the office of Maryam M. Asgari, MD, MPH, features a hand-crayoned image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., above the words, “I have a dream … […]

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