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New research sheds light on shingles

If you have a normal immune system, your chance of being hospitalized for complications of herpes zoster — also known as shingles — or dying from it, is small, according to new Kaiser Permanente research. The research, published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, provides an expanded understanding ...

  • New research sheds light on shingles

    January 30, 2020
    If you have a normal immune system, your chance of being hospitalized for complications of herpes zoster — also known as shingles — or dying from it, is small, according to new Kaiser Permanente research. The research, published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, provides an expanded understanding of shingles — a sometimes fatal virus characterized by ...
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  • Resident research improves patient care

    January 29, 2020
    Over recent years, patient care at Kaiser Permanente Southern California has improved in many ways due to what might be considered an unlikely source: our residents’ research. In the Pediatrics Department at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, resident research has led to better booking of follow-up appointments and fewer unexpected intubations among newborns. It ...
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  • 5 questions for … Dr. Steven Jacobsen

    January 29, 2020
    As the senior director of research for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, Steven Jacobsen, MD, PhD, leads dedicated scientists and clinicians who use information collected during doctor and hospital visits to determine what really works — and what doesn’t work — in health care. They then use those findings to improve health and health care ...
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  • Meet our new clinician investigators

    January 29, 2020
    Three physicians recently joined Southern California Permanente Medical Group’s Clinician Investigator Program: urogynecologist Kimberly Ferrante, MD, MAS; pulmonologist Dennis Hwang, MD; and cardiologist Mingsum Lee, MD, PhD. The Clinician Investigator Program is a formal pathway that allows physicians to integrate research into their clinical careers. Physicians selected for the highly competitive program receive additional time to ...
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  • Dr. Brian Lim named SCPMG Physician Researcher of the Year

    December 18, 2019
    Physicians and researchers gathered for a celebratory dinner in Pasadena on Thursday, December 12, to recognize Southern California Permanente Medical Group physician researchers. Capping off the evening was the presentation of the 2019 Physician Researcher of the Year award, which went to Brian Lim, MD, MS, MAS (Clinical Research), a gastroenterologist from the Riverside Medical ...
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  • Cancer Clinical Trials office opens in Ontario

    December 18, 2019
    The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Cancer Clinical Trials Access Program (CCTAP) opened a new office at the Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 17. “Cancer patients in Ontario will now have easier access to cutting-edge clinical trials and many of the promising new drugs not otherwise available,” said Han A. ...
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  • Online physician ratings may not be accurate

    September 17, 2019
    The physician ratings that patients see online may be inaccurate when compared to ratings compiled from surveys conducted internally by health care organizations, according to new research published today (Sept. 17, 2019) in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. “We know that patients often rely on online ratings when choosing doctors,” said Kanu Okike, MD, MPH, ...
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  • Maternal diabetes and risk for children

    August 2, 2019
    One way researchers at Kaiser Permanente work to make our next generation healthier is by studying children’s environments before birth. Recently several researchers looked at how mothers’ bodies manage sugar—including the type of diabetes that develops in pregnancy, called gestational diabetes—affected their children’s risk for diabetes, overweight/obesity, and cognitive impairment. Researchers at the Department of Research & ...
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  • End-of-life: Researchers seek to learn needs of sickest patients

    August 2, 2019
    Researchers at the Department of Research & Evaluation are working to make the final life transitions better for patients and their families. Using analytical analysis, interviews, data queries and more, they aim to find out what people want in their final months and days, and how to improve care during that time. “The goal of medicine ...
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  • Tackling a deadly regional disease: Valley fever

    August 2, 2019
    Over the years, the Department of Research & Evaluation’s Division of Clinical Trials Research has tackled some of the most serious infectious diseases facing Americans, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. Recently, the clinical trials team and epidemiologists targeted a deadly regional disease: Valley fever. Also known as coccidioidomycosis, Valley fever is a respiratory disease caused by ...
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