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Dr. Leana Wen: Better care is not our biggest health challenge

– In a Seattle Times op-ed, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen calls on the city to tackle poverty, violence, and racism to improve health.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Leana Wen, nationally acclaimed TED speaker and health commissioner for the city of Baltimore.  Dr. Leana Wen at TedMed 2014 presenting "What your doctor won…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/june/leana-wen-better-care-not-biggest-health-challenge/

From war to Group Health: The journey of Stefan Golston

– Katie Fritcher used her history training to uncover the story of the Golstons, who became a Group Health family thanks to Hilde Birnbaum.

Image from cover of To Serve the Greatest Number: A History of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound by Walt Crowley. Keynote speaker: Dr. Leana Wen, nationally acclaimed TED sp…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/june/war-group-health-journey-stefan-golston/

Rising health care costs demand action to protect common resources

– Dr. Eric Larson issues a challenge to politicians and health care professionals: Talk about health care costs and take action to slow their growth.

Dr. Eric Larson issues a challenge to politicians and health care professionals: Talk about health care costs and take action to slow their growth. by Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, ex…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/june/rising-health-care-costs-demand-action-protect-common-resources/

The 1 percent’s longevity: income is not the only inequality

– How does a study of more than 1.4 billion tax records and 4 million deaths show us ways to improve disparities? Dr. Eric Larson explains.

How does a study of more than 1.4 billion tax records and 4 million deaths show us ways to improve disparities? Dr. Eric Larson explains. by Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, executive di…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/june/income-mortality-longevity/

New breast cancer research will study supplemental screening methods

– Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium receives $7.5 million to investigate supplemental breast MRI and tomosynthesis.

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium receives $7.5 million to investigate supplemental breast MRI and tomosynthesis New technologies for breast imaging are often used for cancer…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/june/new-breast-cancer-research-will-study-supplemental-screening-methods/

How Dr. Leana Wen’s emergency room lessons translate to primary care

– Dr. Matt Handley, primary care physician, finds a common theme for acute and long-term care in When Doctors Don’t Listen, a book by the 2016 Birnbaum speaker.

Group Health Medical Director for Quality Dr. Matt Handley—photo taken from GHRI's video, "Research Made Real."  Keynote speaker: Dr. Leana Wen, nationally acclaimed TED speaker a…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/june/how-dr-leana-wens-emergency-room-lessons-translate-primary-care/

Do mast cells hold the key to chronic and unexplained disease?

– Dr. Jennifer McClure reflects on evidence about mast cells as a key to chronic disease, providing new insights for physicians, researchers, and the public.

Cytology of a mast cell. Image credit: Rayya the Vet, via NIH Image Gallery.  Dr. Jennifer McClure reflects on evidence about mast cells as a key to chronic disease, providing new …
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/june/do-mast-cells-hold-key-chronic-and-unexplained-disease/