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New Model Will Help Health Care Providers More Accurately Assess Breast Cancer Risk in Hispanic Patients

The Hispanic Risk Model is the first breast cancer model based exclusively on data from Hispanic women. It was developed by a Kaiser Permanente researcher and his colleagues and is published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Dec 20, 2016

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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.

Jul 26, 2016

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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.

May 06, 2016

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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.

Apr 20, 2016

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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.

Mar 31, 2016

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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.

Mar 03, 2016

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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.

Jan 05, 2016

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Diabetes Patients Do Better After Surgery When Their Blood Sugar Is Managed by Pharmacists

A pharmacy-led glycemic control program is linked to improved outcomes for surgical patients with diabetes and those who develop stress-induced hyperglycemia or high blood sugars as a result of surgery, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits.

Oct 27, 2015

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Most Patients with Chronic Pain Use Alternative Therapies, But Many Don’t Tell Their Doctors

More than half of chronic pain patients in a managed care setting reported using chiropractic care or acupuncture or both, but many of these patients didn’t discuss this care with their primary care providers. These study results, published today in The American Journal of Managed Care, suggest that better care coordination is needed among patients and physicians.

Jul 20, 2015

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Kaiser Permanente Helps Community Health Centers Implement New Medication Protocol Aimed at Reducing Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

The ALL protocol, established by Kaiser Permanente in 2003, reminds providers to prescribe blood pressure-lowering medications (ACE-inhibitors) and/or lipid-lowering medications (statins) for people with diabetes, who are often at increased risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Jun 10, 2015

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Vitamin D and Calcium Supplement Do Not Improve Menopausal Symptoms

Women who took vitamin D and calcium supplements had the same number of menopausal symptoms as women who did not take the supplements, according to a study published today in Maturitasthe official journal of the European Menopause and Andropause Society.

Jun 01, 2015

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Twelve-Year Study Suggests Procedures to Prevent Cervical Cancer Do Not Affect Fertility

Common surgical procedures used to diagnose and treat precancerous cervical lesions do not decrease women’s chances of becoming pregnant, according to a study that followed nearly 100,000 women for up to 12 years.

Feb 11, 2015

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Automated Reminders Improve Medication Adherence and Cholesterol Control

People who received automated reminders were more likely to refill their blood pressure and cholesterol medications, according to a study published today in a special issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.

Nov 17, 2014

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Lifestyle Intervention Helps People Taking Antipsychotic Medications Lose Weight and Reduce Diabetes Risk

People with serious mental illnesses already at higher risk for obesity; medications that control their symptoms often lead to additional weight gain.

Sep 15, 2014

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Novel Study Helps Women Who Are Obese Limit Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Healthy Moms program aims to reduce risk of complications for mothers and babies

Aug 28, 2014

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Mailing Free Tests to Patients’ Homes Boosts Colon Cancer Screening In Underserved Patients

STOP Colon Cancer program addresses disparities among uninsured, low-income and Latino patients

Feb 26 2014

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Simple, At-Home Test Will Detect Most Colorectal Cancers

Largest and most comprehensive review of ‘FIT’ finds it is an effective cancer-screening tool

Feb 03, 2014