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What if you’re taking an anticholinergic medication?

– Study coauthors Drs. Sascha Dublin, Shelly Gray, and Eric B. Larson explore how to balance the risks and benefits of these common medications.

  by Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD; Shelly Gray, and Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH Dr. Dublin is a Group Health physician, GHRI associate investigator, and affiliate associate professor …
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/what-if-youre-taking-anticholinergic-medication/

Starting sleeping pills? Risk of car crash may double

– A UW-Group Health study linked sleeping pills to nearly twice as many car crashes in Group Health patients. Clinicians should take precautions or try nondrug approaches to insomnia.

A UW-Group Health study linked sleeping pills to nearly twice as many car crashes in Group Health patients. Clinicians should take precautions or try nondrug approaches to insomnia…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/starting-sleeping-pills-risk-car-crash-may-double/

What the Supreme Court decision means for health care

– The King v. Burwell case—whether health insurance subsidies are for everyone or only people in certain states—has implications for all Americans, writes Dr. Eric Larson.

The King v. Burwell case—whether health insurance subsidies are for everyone or only people in certain states—has implications for all Americans, writes Dr. Eric Larson. by Eric …
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/what-supreme-court-decision-means-health-care/

Learning the benefits and costs of surgery for obesity

– Dr. David Arterburn has new studies on the costs, care variation, and effect on life expectancy of bariatric surgery. The results could guide obesity care.

Dr. David Arterburn has new studies on the costs, care variation, and effect on life expectancy of bariatric surgery. The results could guide obesity care. Bariatric surgery such…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/learning-benefits-and-costs-surgery-obesity/

Dr. Larson reflects on health care wisdom from a veteran economist

– Victor Fuchs has long written about health care reform and how care influences life. He calls for exactly the type of care that GHRI and Group Health are working toward.

Victor Fuchs has long written about health care reform and how care influences life. He calls for exactly the type of care that GHRI and Group Health are working toward. by Eric …
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/dr-larson-reflects-health-care-wisdom-veteran-economist/

Applying computer power to cancer research

– Before journalist Laurie Becklund died, she called for Big Data research on cancer. That’s exactly what the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium does.

The late Laurie Becklund. Photographed by Elizabeth Rose Becklund Weinstein. Before journalist Laurie Becklund died, she called for Big Data research on cancer. That’s exactly what…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/applying-computer-power-cancer-research/

Dr. Jessica Chubak and team ROAR: Research on Animal-human Relationships

– A study to help kids with cancer get time with pets begins field work, with encouragement from a GHRI interest group.

Rene Hawkes, ROAR interest group member, with Pratt. Photo credit: Deb Casso. A study to help kids with cancer get time with pets begins field work, with encouragement from a GHRI …
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/dr-jessica-chubak-and-team-roar-research-animal-human-relationships/

Some women with dense breasts may not need extra screening

– A Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium study involving Group Health shows that density shouldn’t be the only factor when considering additional screening.

A Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium study involving Group Health shows that density shouldn’t be the only factor when considering additional screening Debate is swirling arou…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/some-women-dense-breasts-may-not-need-extra-screening/

Shared decision-making collaborators win 2015 Birnbaum Award

– GHRI honors eight delivery-system partners for strengthening the patient’s role in treatment choices.

GHRI honors eight delivery-system partners for strengthening the patient’s role in treatment choices Each year, Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) presents the Birnbaum Award …
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/shared-decision-making-collaborators-win-2015-birnbaum-award/