Yearly News Archives: 2012

News Archives

  • Kaiser Permanente Study Reinforces Safety of Whooping Cough Vaccine for Older Adults

    November 29, 2012

    PASADENA, Calif. – Immunizing older adults with the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular-pertussis vaccine (Tdap) to prevent pertussis (more commonly referred to as whooping cough) was found to be as safe as immunizing them with the tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine, according to a study by Kaiser Permanente published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Researchers examined the electronic health

  • Automated Phone and Mail Notices Increase Medication Adherence

    November 26, 2012

    PASADENA, Calif. – Patients newly prescribed a cholesterol-lowering medication were more likely to pick it up from the pharmacy if they received automated phone and mail reminders, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine today. This is one of a few published studies to examine strategies for reducing primary nonadherence, which

  • Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Efforts to Establish Exercise as a Vital Sign Prove Valid

    October 17, 2012

    PASADENA, Calif.  – Kaiser Permanente one of the first health care organizations to establish a systematic method for recording patients? physical activity into their electronic health records. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The study examined the electronic health records of 1,793,385 Kaiser Permanente Southern California patients ages 18 and older from April 2010 to

  • Tailored programs could reduce obesity, help implement federal wellness policies

    June 26, 2012

    PASADENA, Calif. – Programs to promote healthy eating can substantially reduce the amount of unhealthy foods and beverages on school grounds if the programs focus on a school’s specific needs and involve teachers, parents, staff and administrators, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published in BioMed Central‘s International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and

  • Elizabeth McGlynn awarded 2012 AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator

    June 25, 2012

    ORLANDO, Fla. – AcademyHealth announced today that Elizabeth McGlynn, PhD, is the 2012 recipient of its Distinguished Investigator Award. One of the highest honors in the field of health services research and health policy, the Distinguished Investigator Award recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research through scholarship

  • Short-Term Risk of Shingles Recurrence Low

    June 5, 2012

    PASADENA, Calif. — People who have had an episode of herpes zoster, also known as shingles, face a relatively low short-term risk of developing shingles again, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. These findings suggest that among people with immune systems that have not been

  • Obesity-Asthma Link in Children Varies by Race/Ethnicity

    February 27, 2012

    PASADENA, Calif. – Children and adolescents who are overweight or obese are more likely to have asthma than their healthy weight counterparts, according to a new Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published in the online edition of Obesity. The study, which included more than 681,000 children between ages 6 and 19, found that the association

  • Computer-Assisted Tools Alert Pediatricians to Obese Patients

    February 21, 2012

    PASADENA, Calif. – Electronic health records and embedded tools can alert and direct pediatricians so they can better manage the weight of children and teenagers, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published online in The Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed visits for nearly 740,000 children and adolescents ages 2 to 17 to evaluate the impact