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RPGEH: A world-class genomics project studying disease causes and healthy aging

2. February 2011

RPGEH: A world-class genomics project studying disease causes and healthy aging

It’s not every day Division of Research staff members are briefed by a Nobel Prize winner. Recently, 100 employees of the Division and its Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH) hosted Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, one of three scientists awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Her visit was no coincidence. Thanks […]

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Voice of the RPGEH: Marcia Ewing and the phone/survey team

30. January 2011

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It’s simply a case of cause and effect. To recruit 500,000 Northern California Kaiser Permanente members for a research project, the Research Program for Genes, Environment and Health (RPGEH) had to gracefully and efficiently handle the masses of mail and flocks of phone calls that would be headed its way. For more about the Research […]

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RPGEH: Fast facts

29. January 2011

A bullet-point list of basic facts about the Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health.

The goal is a database with 500,000 participants.

— 430,000 have completed a health survey
— 170,000 gave saliva samples

Future participants will be asked for blood samples, rather than saliva, so researchers may also collect data found in blood — not saliva — about biomarkers and environmental exposures

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BPA study of Chinese factory workers finds link to reduced semen quality

21. January 2011

In 2010, a five-year Kaiser Permanente Northern California study of more than 500 male Chinese factory workers found that those with high levels of the compound bisphenol A (BPA) in their bodies had decreased sperm concentration, decreased total sperm count, decreased sperm vitality and decreased sperm motility. This is among the first human studies showing […]

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