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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 ...

  • Remdesivir may reduce hospital readmissions for COVID-19 patients

    September 15, 2022
    A study of Kaiser Permanente Southern California members who were hospitalized for COVID-19 identifies key factors associated with lower chances of readmission — including treatment with the medication remdesivir and delaying discharge until 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms began. “This study supports a continued role for remdesivir in treating COVID-19,” said the study’s lead ...
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  • Antidepressants linked to lower risk of prostate cancer recurrence

    September 9, 2022
    In a study of more than 10,000 Kaiser Permanente members diagnosed with both prostate cancer and depression, those who used antidepressants had a lower risk of cancer recurrence. These findings appeared September 9, 2022, in Cancer Causes & Control. “Our research highlights how important it is for patients with prostate cancer to be screened and treated ...
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  • Fewer hospitalizations for home-based cardiac rehabilitation patients

    August 25, 2022
    Patients who participated in in-home cardiac rehabilitation had fewer hospitalizations over 12 months than patients who participated in center-based cardiac rehabilitation, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published August 25, 2022, in JAMA Network Open. “The remarkable thing we found in this study of more than 2,500 diverse patients was that health advantages of home-based cardiac ...
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  • Increased health care use among patients after COVID-19

    August 12, 2022
    A study led by Kaiser Permanente in Southern California of patients from 8 health care organizations across the United States showed that COVID-19 was associated with a 4% increase in use of health care services over the 6 months after initial infection. The study was published August 12, 2022, in JAMA Network Open. Some people who were ...
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  • Child abuse–related emergency department visits increased after pandemic lock-down

    August 8, 2022
    The rate of emergency department visits associated with child abuse or neglect at Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals doubled immediately after the March 2020 stay-at-home order. This increase in the rate of child maltreatment visits was highest among younger children, girls, and children who were Black or Hispanic. Over the following year and a half, ...
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  • COVID-19 boosters shown to be effective for adolescents

    August 3, 2022
    Adolescents who received 3 doses of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID vaccine were better protected against infection with SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — than adolescents who received only 2 doses, according to a study of more than 3,000 Kaiser Permanente Southern California members ages 12 to 17 and published on August 3, 2022, in ...
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  • 5 questions for … Dr. Jennifer Ku

    July 28, 2022
    An infectious disease epidemiologist, Jennifer Ku, PhD, MPH, is in the first year of her postdoctoral program at the Department of Research & Evaluation. Her research includes vaccine safety and effectiveness projects on shingles and COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Ku is also involved in other infectious diseases studies on influenza, SARS-CoV-2, and other respiratory viruses. Please tell ...
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  • Public policy can improve pandemic masking adherence

    July 25, 2022
    A year-long study of mask adherence and social distancing among more than 100,000 people in 126 U.S. cities found people were 3 times more likely to wear masks correctly in places where a mask mandate was in place. The study was published recently in the American Journal of Infection Control. “City, county, and state leaders can ...
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  • 5 questions for … Dr. Rulin Hechter

    June 30, 2022
    Rulin Hechter, MD, PhD, is an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Department of Research & Evaluation who focuses on the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. She received her medical training from Suzhou Medical College and her master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from Fudan University, both in China. She received ...
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  • Down syndrome linked to higher risk of severe COVID-19

    June 28, 2022
    Before COVID-19 vaccines became available, people with Down syndrome were less likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than people without the condition, according to a study of more than 12,000 Kaiser Permanente Southern California members published on June 24, 2022, in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. However, the study found that people with Down syndrome faced ...
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