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

15. October 2013

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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Study Results Aid Understanding of Gestational Diabetes

10. October 2013

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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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Electronic Health Records Aid in Diabetes Care

13. November 2012

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DOR researchers found that the use of electronic health records at 17 Northern California medical centers was associated with significant improvements in diabetes care and outcomes. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the study demonstrated that electronic health records helped clinicians to better target treatment changes and follow-up testing for their diabetes patients. “The […]

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Pacific Islanders, South Asians and Filipinos Have Higher Rates of Diabetes Than All Other Ethnic Groups

13. November 2012

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Rates of diagnosed diabetes are much higher among some Asian subgroups than is apparent when aggregating all Asians as a whole, according to a new study by the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research and the University of California, San Francisco. In this first study to look at Asian subgroup differences in a population […]

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Depression Increases Risk of Dementia in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

21. December 2011

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Depression in patients with diabetes is associated with a substantively increased risk of development of dementia compared to those with diabetes alone, according to Andrew Karter, PhD and Rachel Whitmer, PhD. The researchers collaborated with the University of Washington on a study – among the first (and largest to date) to examine all-cause dementia in […]

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Cycling for health: Division staffer on diabetes study founds East Bay group for African-American cyclists

12. August 2011

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Jenna Burton has lost a grandmother, two uncles and most recently, an aunt to complications from type 1 and type 2 diabetes. But the 29-year-old Division of Research research associate is not standing by wringing her hands. Instead, Burton is grasping the handlebars of her 24-speed maroon Bianchi Eros bicycle and steering her life down […]

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Recently published: Three studies advance gestational diabetes research

27. June 2011

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Researchers at the Division of Research have conducted recently published observational research that underscores the importance of reducing the risk of diabetes during pregnancy — also called gestational diabetes (GDM). GDM, glucose intolerance that typically occurs during the second or third trimester of pregnancy, complicates between 7 and 14 percent of United States pregnancies and […]

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Newly funded: Research to help new moms with gestational diabetes gets start with $8.5M grant

23. January 2011

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A wanted pregnancy is among life’s most joyful events. But for about 7 percent of expectant mothers in the United States pregnancy brings the unexpected diagnosis of gestational diabetes. While the exact cause of gestational diabetes, a temporary condition, remains unknown, what is known is that hormones from the placenta — which help the fetus […]

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Gestational diabetes: Can affect a baby’s genes

22. January 2011

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For the vast majority of women with gestational diabetes, good pre- and postnatal health care, including watching diet and weight, ensures that the condition is only temporary. But for a small number of women, the diabetes can become permanent or can reoccur during a future pregnancy.

Not only that, the babies of women with gestational diabetes are also at risk, not just of developing type 2 diabetes, but of passing it on to the next generation.

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Gestational diabetes: Comparing treatment options

22. January 2011

Gestational diabetes: Comparing treatment options

Comparative effectiveness research is a big term for a simple idea. How do health care providers like Kaiser Permanente decide which treatment for a problem is best?  The National Institutes of Health, as part of its goal to help health care providers do a better job of keeping costs down and quality of care up, […]

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