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  • Study Finds Boys More Likely to Receive HPV Vaccine When Their Mothers Receive Preventive Care

    July 18, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif. – Boys are more likely to receive the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV4) if their mothers receive flu shots or Pap screenings, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of Public Health.  The study examined the electronic health records of more than 250,000 boys aged 9 to 17 years enrolled ...
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  • Rate of Chorioamnionitis More than Doubled since 1995

    June 6, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif. – The incidence of chorioamnionitis – an infection of the amniotic fluid, fetal membranes and placental tissues, and one of the most frequent causes of preterm birth and infant illness – more than doubled between 1995 and 2010, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published today in the International Journal of ...
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  • Study Finds New Pneumococcal Vaccine Appears to be as Safe as Previously Used Vaccine

    May 22, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif. – The new 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) appears to be as safe as the previous version used prior to 2010, the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7), according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in Vaccine.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved PCV13 for use beginning in 2010 after a series of ...
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  • Black Women Have Higher Incidence of MS than White Women

    May 6, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif. – Multiple sclerosis is more common in black women than in white women, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Neurology. The findings run contrary to the widely accepted belief that blacks are less susceptible to MS, according to the researchers.  Researchers examined the electronic health records of more than ...
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  • Patients Do Not Fill Initial Statin Prescriptions for Varied Reasons

    April 23, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif. – Patients who do not fill their first prescription for cholesterol-lowering statins give a wide range of reasons for not doing so, including perceived concerns about the medication, a fear of side-effects and a decision to try lifestyle modifications instead of prescription medication, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published in ...
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  • Study Finds Nearly 30 Percent of Women Fail to Pick Up New Prescriptions for Osteoporosis

    April 19, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif. – Nearly 30 percent of women failed to pick up their bisphosphonate prescriptions, a medication that is most commonly used to treat osteoporosis and similar bone diseases, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published this week in the journal Osteoporosis International. The failure to pick up these newly prescribed medications, called primary nonadherence, ...
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  • Study Finds that Diabetes Does Not Increase Complications of Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    February 27, 2013
    PASADENA, Calif.  – Patients with diabetes who undergo total knee replacement surgery do not have increased risk of surgical complications compared to those patients without diabetes, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Researchers studied the electronic health records of more than 40,000 patients who had a ...
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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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