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Program helping patients lower cholesterol nets international award

A 2019 Kaiser Permanente program has helped patients with high levels of “bad cholesterol” start taking medications to lower their cholesterol and decrease their risk of stroke and heart attacks. This month, this SureNet Statin Start program was recognized with a prestigious UNIVANTS of Healthcare ...

  • Study suggests waning protection from Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccine

    May 15, 2024
    Emerging COVID-19 variants continue to cause serious COVID-19 disease, but most people have not received any COVID-19 vaccine for more than a year. Kaiser Permanente Southern California researchers assessed the effectiveness of bivalent COVID-19 vaccines against the recently circulating variants or sublineages to inform policymakers and the potential need for updated vaccines. One of the latest studies found ...
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  • Study sheds light on needs of young people who survive cancer

    May 3, 2024
    Emergency department use was common for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis, and differences in use were associated with social and demographic factors and cancer type, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study. The American Cancer Society reports that more young people are being diagnosed with cancer. Understanding their ...
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  • Five questions for … Dr. Huong Nguyen

    May 3, 2024
    A nurse and health services researcher, Huong Q. Nguyen, PhD, RN, focuses her research on the care of older adults with chronic and serious illnesses. She is the co-lead of the Care Improvement Research Team and interim director of the Division of Health Services Research & Implementation for the Department of Research & Evaluation. She ...
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  • Q&A with Physician Researcher of the Year: Dr. Michael Fassett

    February 7, 2024
    Michael J. Fassett, MD, came to work at Kaiser Permanente in 2000. Since then, his dedication to his patients through research has grown. He’s published more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. Now, as the regional physician-in-charge for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the area research chair for the West Los Angeles and Kern County service ...
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  • Five questions for … Dr. Annette Langer-Gould

    December 20, 2023
    Annette Langer-Gould, MD, PhD, is a translational neuroscientist with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. She treats people with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Langer-Gould joined Kaiser Permanente in 2009. Her research aims to deepen understanding of MS while improving quality of care. Recently, she co-authored an editorial in ...
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  • COVID bivalent booster protects well against hospitalization

    December 4, 2023
    A Kaiser Permanente study shows the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 BA.4/5 bivalent mRNA vaccine helped protect against a range of COVID symptoms and was effective against the COVID XBB strain sublineages. The most substantial benefit of the bivalent vaccine booster was keeping people out of the hospital and keeping people from becoming critically ill. The study was ...
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  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California to lead CDC-funded center to improve outbreak and disease prediction

    October 18, 2023
      Kaiser Permanente Southern California has been tapped to lead an innovation center that will develop advanced modeling approaches to better predict disease outbreaks and prepare the United States for future public health emergencies. The center is 1 of 13 sites that will form the Outbreak Analytics and Disease Modeling Network, a national initiative funded by the ...
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  • Diabetes increased among kids during pandemic

    September 25, 2023
    A study of more than 1 million Kaiser Permanente members ages 19 and younger found that rates of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes increased among children during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for those ages 10 and older, male children, and children in specific racial and ethnic groups. The study was published September 21, ...
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  • Kaiser Permanente cancer survival rates higher

    September 25, 2023
    Kaiser Permanente had better 5-year survival rates among breast, colorectal, and lung cancer patients compared to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) estimates, according to research published in September 2023 in The Permanente Journal. Researchers in all 8 Kaiser Permanente regions worked together on this study. They compared the occurrence of cancer ...
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  • Five questions for … Dr. Emily Rayens

    September 18, 2023
    Emily Rayens, PhD, MPH,  is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Epidemiologic Research of the Department of Research & Evaluation. Her research interests include infectious diseases and vaccine efficacy and safety. She began her fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in 2023, but it is her third year as a postdoctoral fellow. She was previously ...
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