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  • Most patients’ end-of-life care wishes are met

    April 6, 2021
    The vast majority of patients make their end-of-life care wishes known to loved ones, and nearly 90% of the time those wishes were carried out according to Kaiser Permanente research published April 6, 2021, in the medical journal JAMA Network Open. “There is a common perception that people don’t often document or tell others about their ...
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  • KPSC teams with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech to assess real-world effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines

    March 30, 2021
    Researchers from Kaiser Permanente Southern California are collaborating with Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, the makers of the 2 first authorized COVID-19 vaccines, to study their vaccines’ effectiveness in real-world settings in preventing the disease and reducing its severity. Questions these studies will evaluate range from how long protection lasts to how well vaccines perform against variants ...
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  • New CIRT research projects aim to improve care

    March 30, 2021
    The Care Improvement Research Team has awarded funds for 7 new research projects led by Southern California Permanente Medical Group scientists and physician researchers on COVID-19 and other health topics to help improve the care physicians provide for their patients. “This kind of research provides important new evidence to our frontline clinicians,” said Nancy Gin, MD, ...
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  • 5 questions for … Dr. Shireen Fatemi

    March 30, 2021
    Shireen Fatemi, MD, FACE, FACP, is an endocrinologist at the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center. She was recently named the 2020 Southern California Permanente Medical Group Physician Researcher of the Year. Dr. Fatemi is the chief of Endocrinology in the Department of Internal Medicine and former assistant area medical director at Panorama City. She ...
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  • Residents lead advances in understanding of “broken heart” syndrome

    March 29, 2021
    Research led by internal medicine residents at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center has surfaced new insights into Takotsubo syndrome, a condition that closely resembles a heart attack. Most importantly, the findings link beta-blocker treatment with improved clinical outcomes. This project began in 2019, when residents Christopher Lau, MD, Sarah Chiu, MD, and Rohith Nayak, ...
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  • Diabetic eye damage reflects future cardiovascular risks

    March 29, 2021
    People with type 2 diabetes may develop diabetic retinopathy, an eye condition that can lead to vision loss. Now, a study of over 77,000 Kaiser Permanente Southern California members shows that greater severity of diabetic retinopathy is strongly associated with a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and death from any cause. “Preventive ...
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  • Pneumonia vaccine may affect course of COVID-19

    March 10, 2021
    One type of pneumonia vaccine, the PCV13 vaccine, may affect the course of COVID-19 for some older adult patients, new research shows. The Kaiser Permanente study was published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. “Kaiser Permanente members who received the PCV13 vaccine appeared to be diagnosed with COVID-19 less often, and when they were, they seemed ...
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  • Dr. Fatemi named 2020 Researcher of the Year

    March 9, 2021
    Shireen Fatemi, MD, FACE, FACP, an endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, has been named the 2020 Southern California Permanente Medical Group Researcher of the Year. The award has been given each year since 2007 to recognize a physician or surgeon for his or her outstanding contributions to the research community. Dr. Fatemi ...
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