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KPWHRI in the Media

 

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

 

2018


November 1–30

No need to follow up simple ovarian cysts

Read blog post and news release.

Diana Miglioretti, PhD, and KPWHRI and University of California colleagues found that small, simple ovarian cysts do not raise the risk of ovarian cancer and need not be followed up:


Many patients diagnosed with high-risk adenomas may not receive subsequent colonoscopies in recommended time frame

Read news release.

Jessica Chubak, PhD, was interviewed about a PROSPR study showing many patients found to have colon polyps that can lead to cancer avoid follow-up colonoscopies:


Stand up for your health!

Read Live Healthy story.

Dori Rosenberg, PhD, says exercising consistently can help prevent heart disease and muscle weakness; control and treat various chronic conditions; increase bone and muscle strength; improve brain function and sleep; and boost mood and enhance overall quality of life.


Your brain is a reservoir: Replenish it with these 10 healthy habits

Read Live Healthy story.

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, says that getting REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is important to staying healthy because it is the part of the sleep cycle where the brain gets rejuvenated:


October 1–31

Gastric bypass surgery is best for weight loss for severe obesity

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, led a PCORnet Bariatric Study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, showing the largest and longest-term weight loss in adults who had gastric bypass, followed by sleeve gastrectomy, and finally in last place adjustable gastric banding:

David Arterburn, MD, MPH, and patient principal co-investigator Rev. Neely Williams, MDiv, were interviewed about the PCORnet Bariatric Study:


Fewer heart attacks, strokes, and deaths after weight-loss surgery

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, led an HCSRN study, published in JAMA, showing that people with diabetes and severe obesity who had bariatric surgery were 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke within 5 years than were those who had usual medical care for their diabetes. During that period, the patients who’d had weight-loss surgery were also more than one third less likely to develop heart disease—and two thirds less likely to die from any cause:


Air pollution, the aging brain, and Alzheimer’s disease

Read project description.

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, talks about an Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study exploration of the potential connection between air pollution and dementia symptoms:


Aging and geriatrics

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, writes about the research of Dori Rosenberg, PhD, to figure out how best to encourage older people to sit and recline less and to stand and walk more, thus lowering their risks for a variety of diseases:


Cancer

Diana Buist, PhD, discusses breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer:


Vaccines and infectious diseases

Roughly 2 million Americans catch infections that are resistant to antibiotic treatment each year. The new nonprofit Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring, Analysis and Diagnostics Alliance (ARMADA) is building a database to track antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. ARMADA receives funding the National Institutes of Health and partners with Seattle Children’s, Harborview Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente:


September 1–30

Eye conditions may help screen for Alzheimer’s disease

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, is interviewed in this video about a link between certain eye conditions and Alzheimer’s disease in patients in the joint KPWA-University of Washington Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study: 


AUGUST 1–31

Weight-loss surgery linked to fewer diabetes complications

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, discussed his Health Care Systems Research Network study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, showing half as much nerve, kidney, and eye disease after bariatric surgery than with usual care:  


Suicide prevention: Research network finds new way to predict risk

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Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, discussed his Mental Health Research Network study combining data from electronic health records with results from standardized depression questionnaires to predict suicide risk after mental health specialty and primary care outpatient visits:  


Stand up for your health!

Read story.

Dori Rosenberg, PhD, commented on research showing that most Americans don’t know about cancer-prevention benefits of physical fitness:


Vaccines & infectious diseases

Michael L. Jackson, PhD, commented on a shift in recommendations about the timing of flu vaccines:


JULY 1–31

Suicide prevention: Research network finds new way to predict risk

Read news release.

Greg Simon, MD, MPH, discussed his Mental Health Research Network study combining data from electronic health records with results from standardized depression questionnaires to predict suicide risk after mental health specialty and primary care outpatient visits:  


Breast cancer

Karen Wernli, PhD, leads the Surveillance Imaging Modalities for Breast Cancer Assessment (SIMBA) study:


ACT study: Long-running study of aging examines changes in Kaiser Permanente patients over time

Read news story.

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, discusses how older people can prevent falling:


JUNE 1–30

Mental health

Greg Simon, MD, MPH, was interviewed, commenting on research by others about possible interactions between the microbiome and depression and obesity:


Suicide prevention: Research network finds new way to predict risk

Read news release.

Greg Simon, MD, MPH, discussed his Mental Health Research Network study combining data from electronic health records with results from standardized depression questionnaires to predict suicide risk after mental health specialty and primary care outpatient visits:  


May 1–31

Study explores crash risk among older drivers

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Using a specific cognitive test may be useful to evaluate crash risk, according to scientists in the joint KPWHRI-University of Washington Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study, including Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH:


Study: low-back pain relief with chiropractic care

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Daniel Cherkin, PhD, was quoted about his editorial in the inaugural issue of JAMA Open Source, on improved outcomes in the military from adding chiropractic care to other back pain treatments:


April 1–30

Kaiser Permanente commits $2 million to gun injury prevention research

Read news release.

Kaiser Permanente has launched the Kaiser Permanente Task Force on Firearm Injury Prevention to help improve the health of the communities it serves, with a $2 million investment in research to prevent gun injuries and death. David Grossman, MD, MPH, is co-leading this new task force:


Enlightened Aging book

Read about the book.

This quarterly column by Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, is excerpted from his book Enlightened Aging, featuring his research on aging co-leading the joint University of Washington-Kaiser Permanente Washington Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study:


Safety Net Medical Home Initiative

Qualis Health and MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation’s Safety Net Medical Home Initiative change concepts were key to the overall change process toward a team-based care model. The Commonwealth Fund sponsored the Initiative:


March 1–31

Study finds various treatments can reduce vaginal discomfort from sex

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Katherine Newton, PhD, and Susan Reed, MD, MPH, are among the coauthors of a MsFLASH study that JAMA Internal Medicine published:


Kaiser Permanente researchers explore patients’ marijuana use

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Gwen Lapham, PhD, is quoted about the strength and adverse effects of cannabis:


Two of our physician-scientists are honored

Read more about our researchers.

Among the 17 Kaiser Permanente Washington physicians whom Seattle magazine chose as “Top Docs,” 2 also do research at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI):


Clinical trial of H7N9 bird flu vaccine starts at KPWHRI

Read news story.

Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, is leading a national trial to explore improving immune responses to this vaccine:


US Preventive Services Task Force weighs in on behavioral counseling for skin cancer prevention

Read recommendation statement.

David Grossman, MD, MPH, now immediate past chair of the Task Force, is quoted about new recommendations suggesting counseling young adults (with fair skin) up to age 24, and parents of children as young as 6 months, on avoiding ultraviolet radiation to prevent skin cancer:


February 1–28

How shared decision making works

Read story.

As David Arterburn, MD, MPH, published in Health Affairs, after Kaiser Permanente Washington introduced decision aids for joint replacement, the number of patients choosing to have hip replacement surgery fell 26 percent, while knee replacements declined 38 percent:


Opioids may raise risk for serious infections

Read blog post.

Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, and Michael Von Korff, ScD, were quoted about their Annals of Internal Medicine editorial, concluding that opioids raise risks for pneumonia and other serious infections, and that is one more reason for restraint in prescribing these drugs:


Gun safety is crucial for families with high-risk teens

Read blog post.

David Grossman, MD, MPH, was quoted about his editorial in Pediatrics on findings that most parents of teens with depression and substance abuse store guns unsafely:

Medpage Today,  Feb. 21, 2018 
Kids' mental health status not a factor in gun storage


January 1–31

Flucasting week 12: Predicting influenza severity

Read story.

Michael Jackson, PhD, is quoted saying that the United States is a little more prepared for a flu pandemic than it was because global surveillance of flu activity has improved:


Your brain is a reservoir: Replenish it with these 10 healthy habits

Read story.

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, commented on the state of the evidence for regular exercise helping to prevent dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment:

News Release

Gastric bypass surgery is best for weight loss for severe obesity

Largest long-term national study of bariatric surgery, comparing 3 most common operations, is among first PCORnet® results.

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