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  • Women are taking more antidiabetic mediations before and during pregnancy

    January 30, 2013
    The use of antidiabetic medications, such as insulin and metformin, before and during pregnancy increased from 2001 through 2007, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Jean M. Lawrence, ScD, MPH, MSSA, of Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation led the study.  The research team investigated 437,950 ...
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  • Childhood Diagnosis of ADHD Increased Dramatically over Nine-Year Period

    January 21, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif. – The rate of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder rose dramatically between 2001 and 2010, with non-Hispanic white children having the highest diagnosis rates, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics (formerly Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine). The study also showed there was a 90 ...
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  • Changes in PSA Levels over Time can Help Predict Aggressive Prostate Cancer

    January 15, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif. – Measurements taken over time of prostate specific antigen, the most commonly used screening test for prostate cancer in men, improve the accuracy of aggressive prostate cancer detection when compared to a single measurement of PSA, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the British Journal of Urology International. The retrospective study ...
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  • Study Suggests Tests Routinely Done on Patients with Microscopic Blood in Urine can be Avoided

    January 9, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif., – The presence of microscopic hematuria – blood found in urine that can’t be seen by the naked eye – does not necessarily indicate the presence of cancer, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study suggests that tests routinely done on patients with ...
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  • Kaiser Permanente Study Reinforces Safety of Whooping Cough Vaccine for Older Adults

    November 29, 2012
    PASADENA, Calif. – Immunizing older adults with the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular-pertussis vaccine (Tdap) to prevent pertussis (more commonly referred to as whooping cough) was found to be as safe as immunizing them with the tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine, according to a study by Kaiser Permanente published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Researchers examined the electronic health records of ...
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  • Automated Phone and Mail Notices Increase Medication Adherence

    November 26, 2012
    PASADENA, Calif. – Patients newly prescribed a cholesterol-lowering medication were more likely to pick it up from the pharmacy if they received automated phone and mail reminders, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine today. This is one of a few published studies to examine strategies for reducing primary nonadherence, which ...
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  • Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Efforts to Establish Exercise as a Vital Sign Prove Valid

    October 17, 2012
    PASADENA, Calif.  – Kaiser Permanente one of the first health care organizations to establish a systematic method for recording patients? physical activity into their electronic health records. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The study examined the electronic health records of 1,793,385 Kaiser Permanente Southern California patients ages 18 and older from April 2010 to March ...
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  • Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Obese Youth Have Significantly Higher Risk of Gallstones

    August 24, 2012
    PASADENA, Calif. – Children who are overweight or obese face an increased risk for gallstones, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. Researchers found that children and adolescents who were overweight were twice as likely to have gallstone disease, compared to children and adolescents who had a normal ...
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