Yearly News Archives: 2014

News Archives

  • Shingles Vaccine Remains Effective After Chemotherapy

    August 6, 2014

    PASADENA, Calif.  – The herpes zoster vaccine continues to be effective in protecting older adults against shingles, even after they undergo chemotherapy, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Researchers examined the electronic health records of more than 21,000 Kaiser Permanente patients in Southern California who were 60

  • National Cancer Institute Awards $7.3 million to Kaiser Permanente

    August 1, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif.  – A new 5-year, $7.3 million award from the National Cancer Institute will allow Kaiser Permanente to expand its innovative cancer clinical trials program.   The award, part of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), will help Kaiser Permanente focus on enrolling patients in the NCI National Clinical Trials Network, testing cutting-edge

  • New Perspectives on the Current Clostridium difficile Epidemic

    July 23, 2014

    PASADENA, Calif. – More than 80 percent of hospitalized patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile were tested outside the hospital or within the first 72 hours of hospitalization, suggesting that settings outside of the hospital may play key roles in the identification, onset and possible transmission of the disease, according to a new Kaiser

  • Electronic Surveillance Program Targets Care Gaps in Outpatient Settings

    July 1, 2014

    PASADENA, Calif. – An innovative framework for identifying and addressing potential gaps in health care in outpatient settings using electronic clinical surveillance tools has been used to target patient safety across a variety of conditions, according to a study published today in the journal eGEMs.  The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Outpatient Safety Net Program (OSNP)

  • New Study on Cardiac Catheterization Offers Insight into Reducing Risk of Complications

    July 1, 2014

    PASADENA, Calif. – When physicians conduct heart-related procedures on patients, they commonly include a process called cardiac catheterization, which allows physicians to learn about the condition of the heart. In some instances, dye is used to help physicians visualize a patient’s blood vessels. Among the potential complications associated with using dye in these procedures is

  • Sedentary Behavior and Low Physical Activity Linked to Heart Failure in Men

    January 27, 2014

    PASADENA, Calif. – Men who reported being sedentary with low levels of physical activity were at a significantly higher risk for heart failure than those who were more active, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. The study shows the increased risk of heart failure with prolonged sedentary