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KPWHRI in the Media

 

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

 

KIRO 7's Angela Russell (left) interviews KPWHRI's Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, in our Seattle offices.

2017


April 1–30

Kaiser Permanente study tests new way to reduce ‘vaccine hesitancy’

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Clarissa Hsu, PhD, is quoted in this story about her work with Jennie Schoeppe, MPH, MS; Allen Cheadle, PhD; Creagh Miller, MPH; and Juno Matthys. They tested a new way to approach parents who are hesitant to have their children vaccinated: training parents who vaccinate their children to talk, in a positive way, about why they value vaccines:


Vaccines and infectious diseases

Seattle startup ID Genomics has developed technology to identify bacteria in just 30 minutes, a leap forward for identifying and treating infections effectively and more efficiently. Sites including KP Washington participated in a 2014 study that validated the technology’s capabilities.Delia Scholes, PhD, and Kim Riddell, MD, coauthored an article that this story refers to:


Mindfulness meditation eases chronic low back pain

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For some patients with chronic back pain, computerized phone therapy might work just as well at easing symptoms as in-person visits with a therapist, a small study suggests. Daniel Cherkin, PhD, comments on cognitive behavioral therapy for back pain:


Health information technology

A recent study looked into whether patients would be more willing to share medical information with family members if certain details in the notes—for example, about substance abuse—could be restricted depending on who is looking at them. James Ralston, MD, MPH, commented:


Mental health

A large-scale analysis suggests that up to half of those who take an antidepressant don't benefit very much from it—and sometimes not at all. Now there’s new evidence suggesting that a nondrug treatment should be tried first. Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, comments on cognitive behavioral therapy:


March 1–31

Peer-reviewed clinical study shows ID Genomics’ bacterial fingerprinting technology can reduce prescription errors and antibiotic overuse at the point-of-care

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Delia Scholes, PhD, and KPWA’s Kim Riddell, MD, are helping to develop and test bacteria “fingerprinting” technology from ID Genomics, which may improve the speed and accuracy of identifying bacterial strains and choosing the best treatment in the exam room:


Chronic illness management

Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, is quoted about a KPWHRI and University of Washington study to address prescribing patterns and try to minimize unnecessary painkiller use at sites including Virginia Mason Memorial hospital’s primary care clinics:


Plain language in research

Jessica Ridpath was interviewed about a trend toward less readability in scientific articles:


Mindfulness meditation eases low back pain

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Prior KPWHRI research on meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for pain management is highlighted in a report on a new study that suggests reading has similar effects on the brain to CBT:


February 1–28

‘Dense breasts’ eclipse all other known breast cancer risk factors

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Diana Miglioretti, PhD, co-wrote a paper showing that women in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium whose breasts are mainly glandular, rather than fat, have more risk of breast cancer. This risk exceeds the impact of other population-level risks, such as family history of breast cancer, personal history of benign lesions, and first full-term pregnancy after age 30:


Cardiovascular disease-related hospital admissions jump on second day after major snowfall

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Jennifer Bobb, PhD, continued to be quoted about her finding, conducted while at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, that more hospitalizations for heart disease tend to follow snowstorms, which are becoming more common with global climate change:


January 1–31

Cardiovascular disease-related hospital admissions jump on second day after major snowfall

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Jennifer Bobb, PhD, was quoted about her finding, conducted while at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, that more hospitalizations for heart disease tend to follow snowstorms, which are becoming more common with global climate change:


Patient involvement in research as coinvestigators

Janice Tufte describes her years-long involvement as a coinvestigator with the Learning to Integrate Neighborhoods with Clinical Care (LINCC) project:


Vaccines & infectious disease

Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, comments on research by others on the effectiveness of mandatory influenza vaccine policies:

KPWHRI Events

Immigrant and Refugees Health Disparities: Somali Community’s Overview

Tuesday, May 23, 4 p.m.

Presenter: Ahmed Ali, PharmD, Executive Director, Somali Health Board

Read about it in KPWHRI Events.

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About Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI), formerly Group Health Research Institute, improves the health and health care of Kaiser Permanente members and the public. The Institute has conducted nonproprietary public-interest research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating major health problems since 1983. Government and private research grants provide our main funding. Follow KPWHRI research on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or YouTube. For more information, go to: www.kpwashingtonresearch.org.


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