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Some patients take 2nd at-home fecal test to delay colonoscopy

A study of 316,443 patients shows that 7.4% of patients repeated fecal testing rather than proceeding directly to colonoscopy as guidelines recommend, and of those who repeated home tests, over half did not have a colonoscopy within one year. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer-related ...

  • 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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  • Severe morning sickness associated with higher risk of autism

    October 3, 2019
    Children whose mothers had hyperemesis gravidarum — a severe form of a morning sickness — during pregnancy were 53% more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to Kaiser Permanente research published in the American Journal of Perinatology. “This study is important because it suggests that children born to women with hyperemesis may be ...
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  • Five questions for Dr. Claudia Nau

    October 3, 2019
    Investigator Claudia Nau, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, recently published a commentary on the role of predictive models in supporting a comprehensive national Kaiser Permanente social needs strategy. How do social needs affect health? Social needs include things such as whether people have time and money to buy and ...
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  • National ACE conference draws health researchers to Pasadena

    October 3, 2019
    Speakers gave epidemiologists the tools and inspiration to turn data into research with an impact on clinical practice during the 2019 American College of Epidemiology Annual Meeting, which was hosted by Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation. “The conference was a great success,” said Russell S. Kirby, PhD, MS, of the College of ...
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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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  • Dr. Steven Jacobsen of Kaiser Permanente elected president-elect of the American College of Epidemiology

    September 10, 2019
    The Senior Director of Research for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Steven J. Jacobsen, MD, PhD, has been elected by his peers to the office of president-elect of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) for the 2020 membership year. He will assume the College’s presidency in 2021. The election results were announced today (Sept. 10, 2019) at ...
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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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