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The Latina Initiative: How Kaiser Permanente is Reducing Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening


The Latina Initiative: How Kaiser Permanente is Reducing Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening
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.

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


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

Vitamin D, Calcium Do Not Improve Menopause Symptoms


Vitamin D, Calcium Do Not Improve Menopause Symptoms
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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.

Why Pregnant Women Don't Need To Eat For Two


Why Pregnant Women Don't Need To Eat For Two
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.

Healthy Moms


Healthy Moms

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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.