In graduate school, Katrina Goddard became fascinated with the role that human genetics plays in disease. Now a genetic epidemiologist, she focuses on public health genomics and the translation of genetic testing into clinical practice.
For Nangel Lindberg, research is like detective work, allowing her to solve the mysteries behind cultural differences in health and to design interventions tailored to specific ethnic groups.
Carmit McMullen studies how background and culture influence personal health care decisions. It was a natural fit for this medical anthropologist who grew up in a multicultural home, moving between Israel and New York.
As a biostatistician and humanitarian, Nancy Perrin analyzes quantitative data to help improve the lives of rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Half of U.S. women gain too much weight during pregnancy. Dr. Kim Vesco has a solution to this problem—and she’s testing it among thousands of Kaiser Permanente patients.
Kaiser Permanente is collaborating with Susan G. Komen Oregon and Southwest Washington, and eight community partners to increase breast cancer screening among Latina women in Oregon. As part of The Latina Initiative “Poder y Vida” (Power to Live) project, Kaiser provides free mammograms to eligible Latinas, and donates the treatment for the women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. The program started in 2013, and so far more than 1,000 women have received free mammograms and six are being treated for breast cancer.
One-hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain every year, and many of them turn to alternative therapies for relief. In fact, a new study shows that more than half of patients with chronic pain enrolled in a managed care setting use chiropractic care or acupuncture. As Mary Sawyers reports, the study also finds that many of these patients don’t discuss this care with their primary care providers.
If you’re looking for something natural to decrease your menopausal symptoms, don’t rely on Vitamin D and calcium. According to a new study published in the journal Maturitas, the supplements do nothing to improve the symptoms associated with menopause. Researchers followed more than 34,000 women for nearly six years.
More than half of pregnant women in the United States gain more than the recommended amount of weight, and that extra weight can lead to large babies, difficult deliveries, birthing injuries, weight retention after pregnancy, and a higher risk of obesity for those babies later in life, according to recent research.
A new Kaiser Permanente study finds that obese women can limit their weight gain during pregnancy and reduce the risk for having large babies, which can make pregnancy and delivery more complicated. Results of the novel "Healthy Moms" study are published in the journal Obesity. As Mary Sawyers reports the study challenges current weight gain guidelines by suggesting that obese women maintain their weight during pregnancy.