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KPWHRI in the Media

 

News media often cover Kaiser Permanente Washington research.
Here are selected mentions.

 

2021


September 1-30

$56 million grant to expand Alzheimer’s research

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Kaiser Permanente, University of Washington School of Medicine, and University of California San Diego join to lead the next phase of aging brain study.


There’s no place like home … to track blood pressure

Read news release.

Research led by KPWHRI’s Beverly Green finds that patients prefer at-home monitoring of blood pressure


Self-reported practices of frontline cannabis dispensary workers and the implications for clinicians

Read study abstract.

Theresa E. Matson, MPH; Katharine A. Bradley, MD, MPH; Gwen T. Lapham, PhD, MPH, MSW, are authors of a study published in JAMA Network Open on steps that clinicians can take to educate patients about cannabis use risks.


From research to action: Advocating for a Medicaid colorectal cancer screening quality measure

Read the Health Affairs blog.

Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH, conducts an analysis of colorectal screening levels for Medicaid beneficiaries


august 1–31

$56 million grant to expand Alzheimer’s research

Read news release.

Kaiser Permanente, University of Washington School of Medicine, and University of California San Diego join to lead the next phase of aging brain study.


Moderna vaccine produces durable antibody response against variants

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A study published in Science magazine, with Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, as a co-author, examined the efficacy of the Moderna vaccine in blood samples from 24 volunteers.


Acquisition of the L452R mutation in the ACE2-binding interface of Spike protein triggers recent massive expansion of SARS-CoV-2 variants

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James Ralston, MD, MPH is co-author of a study published in Journal of Microbiology on mutations in the coronavirus.


Mental health patients will answer when asked about firearms

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A study published in JAMA Health Forum, led by Julie Richards, PhD, MPH, could help to advance efforts to prevent suicides from firearms.


Unvaccinated volunteers needed for COVID-19 booster trial

Read the KPWHRI news brief.

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute continues to seek people who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine to participate in a clinical trial to learn more about boosters.


Physician concerns about note-sharing with patients fade with practice, study shows

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A study in Journal of General Internal Medicine examines how physicians’ attitudes about online sharing of their notes with patients change with experience. James Ralston, MD, MPH, the lead author, explains the findings.


Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia

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University of Washington and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute study finds an association between a slight increase in PM2.5 pollution and dementia risk.


Senior investigator Dr. Eric Larson has devoted his career to improving the understanding of healthy aging.

Read Dr. Larson’s bio.

In his quarterly column, Eric Larson, MD, MPH, discusses the risk of over-diagnosis and over-treatment for older adults.


july 1-31

KPWHRI seeks volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine booster trial

Read the KPWHRI story.

KPWHRI is mentioned as a site recruiting volunteers for an NIH-sponsored clinical trial of the safety and immunogenicity of different pairing of boosters and vaccines against COVID-19.


‘Fighting back’ against COVID-19: Remembering a historic trial

Read Q&A with Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH


KPWHRI to launch study on vaccine hesitancy among long-term care workers

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Clarissa Hsu, PhD, MPH, discusses a $4.75 million award from PCORI to study interventions aiming to improve vaccination rates among long-term care workers.


June 1-30

KPWHRI seeks volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine booster trial

Read the KPWHRI story.

KPWHRI is mentioned as one of the sites involved in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial


Physician concerns about note sharing with patients fade with practice, study shows

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James Ralston, MD, MPH, discusses the findings in a recent Journal of General Internal Medicine paper about a change in physician attitudes to sharing their online notes with patients.


Kaiser Permanente Washington Learning Health System

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KPWHRI researchers Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, and Amy Lee, MPH, offer insights on the need for and the implementation of learning health systems.


New Lancet report offers hope for preventing dementia

Read KPWHRI’s story.

Eric Larson, MD, MPH, is interviewed about preventing cognitive decline as we age.


may 1-31

Built environment doesn’t play expected role in weight gain

Read KPWHRI story.

David Arterburn, MD, MPH, is quoted on a study by him and colleagues published in International Journal of Obesity.


Why does Diana Miglioretti study the biostatistics of cancer screening?

Read profile.

Diana Miglioretti, PhD, discusses her recent research showing a strong association between acute myeloid leukemia and Down syndrome.


Durability of mRNA-1273-induced antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 variants

Read the BioRxiv article

KPWHRI is part of this study of how long the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may provide immunity.


A call for a more patient-centered approach for treating back pain

Read the blog post on back pain

Dan Cherkin, PhD, is quoted in this story on how mind-body therapies may contribute to reducing pain.


Kaiser Permanente Washington Breast Cancer Surveillance Registry

Read about KPWA BCSR.

Diana Buist, PhD, and Erin Bowles, MPH, are among the co-authors of a study in Journal of the National Cancer Institute on the link between BMI and breast cancer.


Physician concerns about note-sharing with patients fade with practice, study shows

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A study in Journal of General Internal Medicine examines how physicians’ attitudes about online sharing of their notes with patients change with experience. James Ralston, MD, MPH, the lead author, explains the findings.


Study examines racial inequity in suicide prediction models

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A JAMA Psychiatry study by KPWHRI researchers found that some prediction models may vary substantially in accuracy for select racial and ethnic groups. Yates Coley, PhD, the lead investigator, spoke with journalists about the findings.


Epidemiologist Michael Jackson, PhD, tracks respiratory infectious diseases

Read Dr. Jackson’s bio page.

Michael Jackson, PhD, is the KPWHRI expert source providing information for a primer about influenza


april 1-30

Study examines racial inequity in suicide prediction models

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A study published in JAMA Psychiatry by KPWHRI researchers found that some prediction models may vary substantially in accuracy for select racial and ethnic groups. Yates Coley, PhD, the lead investigator, discusses the findings.


Physician concerns about note-sharing with patients fade with practice, study shows

Read news release.  

A study in Journal of General Internal Medicine examines how physicians’ attitudes about online sharing of their notes with patients change with experience. James Ralston, MD, MPH, the lead author, explains the findings.


COVID-19 variant vaccine trial begins at KPWHRI

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The NIH has launched a new trial of a vaccine developed to prevent COVID-19 caused by a variant virus first identified in South Africa is under way at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and three other sites. Dr. Lisa Jackson, the KPWHRI principal investigator, is interviewed about the study by a number of media outlets.


Catching more breast cancers when mammograms are limited

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Diana Miglioretti, PhD, discusses a study, conducted with several KPWHRI colleagues, published in JAMA Network Open, about triaging mammograms in times of reduced clinical capacity.


Dr. Kai Yeung: Evaluating incentives to encourage high-value use of health care services

Read bio page for Kai Yeung, PharmD, PhD

A JAMA Internal Medicine invited commentary by Dr. Kai Yeung and colleague is quoted on the limitations of payment offset policies to reduce the cost of prescription medicines.


March 1-31

Catching more breast cancers when mammograms are limited

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Diana Miglioretti, PhD, discusses a study, conducted with several KPWHRI colleagues and published in JAMA Network Open, about triaging mammograms in times of reduced clinical capacity.


Association of bariatric surgical procedures with changes in unhealthy alcohol use among US veterans

Read JAMA Network Open study.

Katharine Bradley, MD, MPH, discusses recent study findings showing that patients undergoing bariatric surgery who had not reported unhealthy alcohol use before the procedure were significantly more likely to develop such a problem post-surgery than those who did not have the operation.


Youth under 18 eligible for COVID vaccine trial registry

Read KPWHRI story.

John Dunn, MD, is interviewed about KPWHRI’s COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial registry opening up to participants under 18.


Kaiser Permanente launches first coronavirus vaccine trial

Read KPWHRI story.

Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, is selected to be part of People magazine’s annual Women Changing the World issue for her work on COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials.


Dr. Katharine Bradley: Identifying and addressing alcohol and other substance use in primary care

Read bio page for Katharine Bradley, MD, MPH.

Screening for unhealthy drug and cannabis use is integrated into primary care at Kaiser Permanente Washington, as Dr. Katharine Bradley detailes in an interview.


February 1–28

Janssen phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial to begin at KPWHRI

Read KPWHRI story.

Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, discussed the COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Johnson & Johnson, as the FDA prepared to grant Emergency Use Authorization so that it could be given to people.


Phone therapy for insomnia shown to improve sleep

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Several outlets covered a study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, about a new virtual approach to delivering cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and arthritis pain. The study was led by KPWHRI Affiliate Investigator Susan McCurry, PhD, MPH, and conducted with Kaiser Permanente Washington members.


NIH-Moderna COVID-19 vaccine receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization

Read KPWHRI story.

Roy Davis writes about his decision to participate in the phase 3 clinical trial of the NIH-Moderna vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.


Delivering on the real promise of virtual mental health care

Read KPWHRI blog post.

Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, is interviewed about one of the benefits he has discovered from seeing patients in remote online appointments.


COVID-19 and mental health

Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, is interviewed about what is known so far about the pandemic’s effect on mental health and suicide rates.


Healthy aging: Building the path to resilience

“Uninterrupted sleep gets harder as we age,” writes Eric Larson, MD, MPH, in his magazine column. He offers tips to having a good night’s rest.


January 1–31

The story behind the NIH-Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
 

Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, discusses the phase 1 clinical trial at KPWHRI that was the first to test a COVID-19 vaccine. This is part of a larger article detailing the scientific research and federal leadership involved in the successful effort to create the vaccine.


COVID-safe exercise ideas for older adults this winter

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Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH, co-authored this article offering guidance to older adults for exercise, both indoors and outdoors, during winter months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was re-published on the KPWHRI website.


Association of the intensity of diagnostic evaluation with outcomes in incidentally detected lung nodules

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Diana Buist, PhD, MPH, is senior author of a JAMA Internal Medicine article that is summarized in this twice-weekly trade newsletter.


Flu shot Q&A: Does COVID-19 change our approach?

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Michael Jackson, PhD, MPH, is interviewed about the 2020-21 influenza season.

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