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Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Welcomes 30-Year Research Veteran Lucy Savitz as New Director


Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Welcomes  30-Year Research Veteran Lucy Savitz as New Director

Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA, a health services researcher with decades of experience translating scientific findings into clinical practice, will join the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research as its new director in May. Savitz will replace Mary Durham, PhD, who retired in November.

Early and Late Menopause Can Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes


Early and Late Menopause Can Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Kaiser Permanente study also finds length of lifetime reproductive cycle can affect risk

Women who begin menopause before age 46 or after 55 have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study of more than 124,000 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative, a large national trial aimed at preventing disease in postmenopausal women.

Mothers’ Excess Pregnancy Weight Gain and Elevated Blood Sugar ‘Imprint’ Obesity in Children


Mothers’ Excess Pregnancy Weight Gain and Elevated Blood Sugar ‘Imprint’ Obesity in Children
Children whose mothers gain excess weight or have elevated blood sugar during their pregnancies are more likely to become overweight or obese during their first decade of life, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Counseling in Primary Care Clinics Helps Speed Recovery for Depressed Teens


Counseling in Primary Care Clinics Helps Speed Recovery for Depressed Teens

Kaiser Permanente study highlights benefit of cognitive behavioral therapy for teens who decline antidepressants.
Depressed teenagers who received cognitive behavioral therapy in their primary care clinic recovered faster, and were also more likely to recover, than teens who did not receive the primary care-based counseling, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

More Latinas Screened for Breast Cancer After ‘Promotora’ Visits


More Latinas Screened for Breast Cancer After ‘Promotora’ Visits
 Latina women were nearly twice as likely to be screened for breast cancer after they were visited in their homes by trained community health workers, known as Promotoras, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

Use of Online Health-Care Tools by Seniors Declines with Age and Differs by Race/Ethnicity


Use of Online Health-Care Tools by Seniors Declines with Age and Differs by Race/Ethnicity
Despite widespread access to online health-care tools among U.S. seniors, a new Kaiser Permanente study found that digital access and usage preferences among seniors significantly differs by race/ethnicity and age. The study was published online today in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Many Working-Age Cancer Survivors Suffer Financial Hardship


Many Working-Age Cancer Survivors Suffer Financial Hardship
According to an Institute of Medicine study, cancer care costs in the United States are rising at two to three times the rate of other health care costs. To assess the financial burden of these expenses, Matthew Banegas of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and coauthors used data from a 2012 LIVESTRONG online survey of 4,719 cancer survivors, ages 18-64.

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