Impact Archives

IMPACT May 2024

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Investigating the barriers to saving lives through colonoscopies
  • Study sheds light on needs of young people who survive cancer
  • Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccine protection wanes over time
  • Pfizer COVID bivalent booster protects well against hospitalization

Impact February 2024

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Man who once dreamed of being a wildlife biologist nabs physician researcher award
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California to lead CDC-funded center to improve outbreak and disease prediction
  • Diabetes increased among kids during pandemic

IMPACT September 2023

Articles include:
  • Celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week
  • Five questions for … Dr. Titilola Labisi
  • Five questions for … Dr. Emily Rayens
  • Five questions for … Dr. Nehaa Khadka
  • Research helps determine what isn’t really helping
  • Kaiser Permanente colon cancer patients fare better

Annual Report edition

Articles include:
  • Unveiling the impact: R&E's 2022 Annual Report
  • Serving others by joining a cancer clinical trial
  • The rise of in-home cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cancer research focuses on patients’ total health
  • The COVID-19 aftermath: Researchers and physicians seek answers
  • Uncovering links between air pollution and COVID-19
  • Increasing vaccine equity in Southern California
  • Responding to a community outbreak through expanded access
  • Research committed to firearm injury prevention
  • Understanding racial disparities and outcomes in bariatric surgery

Impact March 2023

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Rallying to achieve vaccine equity
  • Extra pounds put kids at higher risk for hypertension
  • Paxlovid associated with lower risk of hospital admission
  • Atrial fibrillation may increase risk for dementia
  • KPSC chosen for initiative aimed at improving patient outcomes
  • 2022 SCPMG Physician Researcher of the Year named

IMPACT January 2023

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature:
  • Immunocompromised people not getting recommended COVID shots
  • Original COVID-19 vaccine booster effect wanes against BA.4 and BA.5

IMPACT December 2022

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: More exercise linked to less-severe COVID-19 outcomes across subgroups
  • Prescription guidelines help decrease opioid use
  • Smoking increases risk of bladder cancer recurrence

November 2022 survey

Articles include:
  • Your feedback can make IMPACT better
  • Look for more stories about research in our next IMPACT!

October 2022 IMPACT

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Study links youth firearm injuries to certain risk factors
  • Chronic metabolic conditions affect metastatic breast cancer survival rates
  • Exposure to air pollution worsens COVID-19 outcomes, even among the fully vaccinated
  • IMPACT newsletter survey
  • We have job openings

September 2022 IMPACT

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Antidepressants linked to lower risk of prostate cancer recurrence
  • Fewer hospitalizations for home-based cardiac rehabilitation patients
  • Increased health care use among patients after COVID-19
  • Meet post-doctoral fellow Dr. Sarah Carter
  • Meet post-doctoral fellow Dr. Lewei Duan
  • Meet post-doctoral fellow Dr. Ana Florea
  • Meet post-doctoral fellow Dr. Jennifer Ku
  • Meet post-doctoral fellow Dr. Nana Mensah
  • Meet post-doctoral fellow Dr. Amrita Mukherjee
  • Meet post-doctoral fellow Dr. Ado Rivera

IMPACT: 2021 Annual Report edition

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: 2021 Annual Report
  • Patients are pivotal in COVID-19 vaccine research
  • R&E answers key vaccine safety and effectiveness questions
  • Researchers create text-based platform to monitor vaccine side effects
  • Exceptional collaboration tracks emerging variants in real time
  • Beyond the virus: Health impacts of the pandemic
  • Physician trailblazers seek answers to improve their patients’ health

August 10 IMPACT

Articles include:
  • Child abuse emergency department visits increased during pandemic lockdown
  • Public policy can improve pandemic masking adherence
  • COVID-19 boosters shown to be effective for adolescents

June 2022 Impact

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: COVID-related hospitalizations are rare after Paxlovid treatment
  • Down syndrome linked to higher risk of severe COVID-19
  • New approach reduces colon cancer deaths
  • Omicron variant infections less severe than delta
  • Dr. Anny Xiang honored with prestigious award

May 2022 IMPACT

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: COVID-19 vaccine protection and the immunocompromised
  • Cancer clinical trials at Kaiser Permanente
  • Heart attacks increased in days after 2020 election

IMPACT March 2022

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Shoulder pain rare after vaccination
  • A review of our 2021 research
  • 3 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine highly effective against hospitalization from omicron or delta
  • Vaccine study looks to prevent E. coli sepsis
  • 3 doses of Pfizer–BioNTech COVID vaccine better than 2

Feb. 2, 2022 IMPACT

Articles include:
  • Hospitalized or not, COVID-19 patients put high demands on health system
  • Depression screening improves care for patients with cancer
  • Shingles vaccine linked to lower risk of COVID-19

December 2021 IMPACT

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Moderna COVID-19 vaccine effective against virus variants
  • Heart attack patients may have delayed care over COVID-19 concerns
  • New Virtual Research Office enables physician research
  • People with HIV are at increased risk for heart failure
  • Higher risk of dementia for older adults living with HIV

November 2021 IMPACT

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Exercise during pandemic linked to better mental health
  • Study finds no increased risk of death among COVID-19 vaccine recipients
  • Kaiser Permanente members invited to join flu vaccine study
  • Kaiser Permanente study to assess COVID-19 antibodies in employees, physicians

October IMPACT

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Sleep medications increase risk of fractures in breast cancer survivors
  • COVID-19 delta variant associated with increased risk of severe disease
  • COVID-19 severity associated with air pollution from non-freeway traffic

September 2021 IMPACT

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Young children gained weight during the pandemic
  • Infant lung disease rates drop dramatically over 10-year effort
  • Vulnerable populations sought virtual care during pandemic
  • Bariatric surgery associated with better health for mothers

IMPACT SPECIAL EDITION: Illuminating the path through the pandemic, our 2020 Annual Report

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature:
  • Determining who is most at risk from COVID-19
  • Clinical trials bring hope during global pandemic
  • Searching for evidence to guide COVID-19 care
  • Scientists research masking adherence with communities across the country
  • Clinical trials are driving a revolution in stroke care
  • CDC disease detectives build bridges to national COVID-19 response

Impact August 11, 2021

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: New protocol allows teen to go home same day as chest surgery
  • COVID-19 vaccine trials for children are underway
  • Risk of severe COVID-19 higher for patients who recently needed asthma care
  • Where you live may affect your long-term survival after heart attack
  • Risk of blood clots more than 3-fold higher in hospitalized adults with COVID-19

IMPACT June 30 2021

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center joins COVID-19 vaccine trial for children
  • Rates of heart failure deaths lower at Kaiser Permanente Southern California than U.S.
  • Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center to study experimental stroke drug
  • Marking an extraordinary year of clinical trials research
  • Kaiser Permanente members have higher survival rate after cancer diagnosis

IMPACT: May 6, 2021

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: COVID-19 outcomes are more severe for people of color
  • Celebrating our extraordinary nurses
  • New Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect Monitoring System launches
  • Physical activity may reduce risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes
  • Child vaccination rates recovering since pandemic’s early days
  • Most patients’ end-of-life care wishes are met

IMPACT March 31 2021

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: KPSC teams with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech to assess real-world effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Pneumonia vaccine may affect course of COVID-19
  • Residents lead advances in understanding of “broken heart” syndrome
  • Diabetic eye damage reflects future cardiovascular risks
  • New CIRT research projects aim to improve care

IMPACT March 2021

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Scientists and physicians continue to research COVID-19 risks and outcomes
  • Self-order option boosts colorectal cancer screening rates
  • Researchers examine association of preterm birth and chemicals in flame-retardant fabrics
  • Chest pain risk assessment may reduce treatment disparities

IMPACT Dec 2020

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: New tool helps predict outcomes for COVID-19
  • Progression of children’s myopia may be influenced by race and ethnicity
  • People on dialysis have higher risk from COVID-19
  • Seeking early detection for pancreatic cancer
  • Kaiser Permanente San Diego enrolling patients in monoclonal antibody trial

IMPACT November 2020

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: 2016 Presidential election associated with uptick in heart attacks
  • Scientists and physicians conduct research to improve COVID-19 testing and treatment
  • Value of quick noninvasive follow-up tests for chest pain patients questioned
  • Applying epidemiology to change care delivery and improve health

Impact News October 2020

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: People invited to be observers in mask adherence study
  • Insomnia in breast cancer survivors correlated with depression
  • Increasing physical activity, and health, through policy change

IMPACT Sept 2020

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature: Physicians can influence people to try to lose weight
  • Obesity increases risk of death from COVID-19, particularly for men and younger people
  • Atypical femur fractures rise with longer bisphosphonate use
  • Improving care through research
  • Kaiser Permanente joins late-stage COVID-19 vaccine study

IMPACT July 2020

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature:
  • EIS officer makes a difference here and abroad
  • 2019 R&E Annual Report now available
  • Screening cancer patients for distress (Story from the Annual Report)
  • Patient advisors revolutionize research (Story from the Annual Report)
  • Oncologists as clinical trials investigators (Story from the Annual Report)
  • Living longer and better after cancer

IMPACT May 2020

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature
  • Video: Clinical trials
  • Stroke program integrates clinical trials
  • English and non-English speakers get equal treatment in emergency departments
  • Declines in heart attacks greater among men than women

IMPACT newsletter January 2020

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature:
  • New research sheds light on shingles
  • Meet our new clinician investigators
  • Dr. Brian Lim named Physician Researcher of the Year
  • New Cancer Clinical Trials office opens

Impact Newsletter October 2019

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature:
  • Online physician ratings may not be accurate
  • Dr. Steven Jacobsen named ACE president-elect
  • National ACE conference draws health researchers to Pasadena

Impact Newsletter August 2019

Articles include:
  • Focus Feature:
  • Clinician Investigator seeks to identify early-stage pancreatic cancer
  • Mom's diabetes could influence child's risk of autism or ADHD
  • RSV infection can be deadlier than flu in adults