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Dr. William Towner named 2022 SCPMG Physician Researcher of the Year

William J. Towner, MD, FACP, FIDSA, physician director of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Clinical Trials Program, has been named the 2022 Southern California Permanente Medical Group Physician Researcher of the Year. The award has been given each year since 2007 to recognize a physician ...

  • Mom’s diabetes could influence child’s risk of autism or ADHD

    August 1, 2019
    Since publishing in JAMA about strong associations between a mother’s diabetes and autism in 2015, Anny Xiang, PhD, a researcher with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, expanded that work to consider other neurological development disorders to find more nuances with the association,  including one published just last month. A study published ...
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  • 5 questions for Dr. Bobeck S. Modjtahedi

    August 1, 2019
    Bobeck Modjtahedi, MD,  is 1 of 4 physicians appointed to the 2018 Southern California Permanente Medical Group Clinician Investigator Program. The program gives clinician researchers protected time in their schedule to conduct innovative research and use what they learn to transform medical practice. His research involves creating models that can predict a patient’s risk of ...
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  • Use of cholesterol-lowering medications increasing

    July 29, 2019
    According to a study published in the journal Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy, use of cholesterol-lowering statins increased within Kaiser Permanente Southern California after new treatment guidelines called for broader use of the medication to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease. The study documented trends in the use of statin medications and statin dosages at Kaiser Permanente Southern ...
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  • Advancing Scientific Discoveries Through the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank

    June 19, 2019
    Ed Ellison, MD, co-Chief Executive Officer, the Permanente Federation, LLC, highlights the value of the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank and the opportunity for Kaiser Permanente members, including employees and physicians, to contribute to important scientific discoveries that benefit all communities. To learn more visit: https://researchbank.kaiserpermanente.org/
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  • Kaiser Permanente improves emergency care for chest-pain patients

    April 3, 2019
    Emergency physicians at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California reduced hospital admissions and cardiac stress testing by using new criteria to assess the level of risk patients with chest pain have for subsequent cardiac events. The emergency department assessment was implemented across Kaiser Permanente Southern California and has improved the quality and efficiency of care for ...
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  • Kaiser Permanente co-hosts embedded research conference

    February 20, 2019
    Organizations like Kaiser Permanente can make continuous improvements in the quality, safety, and value of patient care and at the same time contribute to scientific knowledge nationally and internationally by embedding researchers in their health care systems. This week, leaders in the movement toward learning health care systems will meet in Pasadena, Calif. to create a ...
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  • Flu vaccine is safe for hospitalized patients

    January 18, 2019
    Hospitalized patients who received the flu vaccine had no increased risk of outpatient visits or hospital readmission within seven days of discharge, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study also showed that vaccinating hospital patients did not increase the risk of fever or rates of laboratory evaluations for infection. It ...
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  • How low is too low? Study highlights serious risks for intensive blood pressure control

    December 14, 2018
    Kaiser Permanente research published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found if patients with hypertension taking prescribed medications experience unusually low blood pressures — systolic blood pressure under 110mmHg — they are twice as likely to experience a fall or faint as patients whose treated blood pressure remains 110mmHg and above. This research is ...
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  • 5 questions for Dr. Jean Lawrence

    December 14, 2018
    We asked these 5 questions of Jean M. Lawrence, ScD, MPH, MSSA, senior research scientist with the Department of Research & Evaluation in Southern California. Why did you choose to devote your career to researching ways women and children can live better, healthier lives? I’ve always been interested in women’s and children’s health and started my career working ...
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  • Mom’s diabetes could influence whether her child develops ADHD

    October 30, 2018
    After previously finding strong associations between a mother’s diabetes and her child’s risk of developing autism, Anny Xiang, PhD, a researcher with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, decided to expand her work and look at other neurological development disorders. In a research article released today in Diabetes Care, she targeted attention deficit hyperactivity ...
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