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KPWHRI in the Media 2020

 

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

 

2020


december 1-31

Kaiser Permanente launches first vaccine trial

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KPWHRI has led the phase 1 clinical trial of the NIH-Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, giving the first shots in the world. News media interview one of the participants.


Association of bariatric surgical procedures with changes in unhealthy alcohol use among U.S. veterans

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Katharine Bradley, MD, MPH, is quoted on findings published in JAMA Network Open that following bariatric surgery, a person’s risk of developing unhealthy drinking patterns is increased, regardless of whether or not they were unhealthy drinkers before having weight-loss surgery. Bradley is the study’s senior author.

  • Reuters Health, Dec. 27, 2020
    Study finds increased risk of unhealthy alcohol use after bariatric surgery

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

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Kaiser Permanente Washington vaccine program head and KPWHRI adjunct researcher John Dunn, MD, MPH, and KPWA physician Colin Fields, MD, who is working on KPWHRI COVID-19 vaccine trials, are interviewed about the NIH-Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.


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

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Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, is quoted on the FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine, which was developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health and first tested in a phase 1 clinical trial at KPWHRI.


Are methods for evaluating medications appropriate for evaluating nonpharmacological treatments for pain? — Challenges for an emerging field of research

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Dan Cherkin, PhD, is interviewed about his editorial in JAMA Network about new research on how mindfulness exercises may affect migraine headaches.


Best weight-loss surgery for diabetes and severe obesity?

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A blog hosted by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases posted a Q&A with David Arterburn, MD, MPH, about his research comparing the effectiveness of 2 types of bariatric surgery for people with type 2 diabetes.


november 1-30

Commentary from KPWHRI expert on aging

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, offers some surprising thoughts about the benefits of reminiscing with people who have dementia about their memories from young adulthood.


Mailing home HPV tests may provide alternative to Pap screening

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Interviewed about a new study showing a decline in cancer screening since measures were enacted to slow the spread of COVID-19, Diana Buist, PhD, MPH, explains how home screening for certain cancers could potentially reach people who are under-screened. Buist has done extensive research on home screening for cancer, though she was not involved in the study referenced in the story.


NIH-Moderna COVID-19 vaccine under consideration for Emergency Use Authorization

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The interim Data Safety Monitoring Board announced interim findings from the phase 3 trial of the NIH-Moderna vaccine for COVID-19. Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, is quoted in one story, and KPWHRI is noted in another for its role in testing the vaccine.


New Lancet report offers hope for preventing dementia

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, shares steps that everyone can take to prevent memory loss and discusses the SMARRT Study


Kaiser Permanente launches first vaccine trial

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KPWHRI was chosen to conduct the first trial of a COVID-19 vaccine because of its experience as an NIH Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit, explains Colin Fields, MD, a Kaiser Permanente Washington physician who worked on the trial in the story below. The article profiles 3 volunteers whom KPWHRI enrolled in the study.


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

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Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, talks about KPWHRI’s plan to enroll participants in a phase 3 clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.


What inspires Sascha Dublin’s maternal health research?

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Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, MPH, discusses research by her and colleagues on the risks of pregnant women who are identified as prediabetic in their first trimester developing gestational diabetes and on the effect it will have on birth. the annual challenge of developing an influenza vaccine and why it makes sense to get vaccinated:


Tips for a safe and sane holiday

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In his column, Eric Larson, MD, MPH, discusses how to improve balance through exercise that people can do even with the social distancing required in the pandemic. He quotes Ben Balderson, PhD.


october 1-31

KPWHRI to lead network to address social needs

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Katie Coleman, MSPH, and Cara Lewis, PhD, will co-direct a national network that supports work to address members’ social health effectiveness of the MI-CARE (More Individualized Care: Assessment and Recovery through Engagement) program.


HEAL responds to double crisis: Opioids and COVID-19

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The Indiana University School of Medicine, the Regenstrief Institute, and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute are launching a 4 year, $4 million pilot to study the effectiveness of the MI-CARE (More Individualized Care: Assessment and Recovery through Engagement) program.


september 130

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

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Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH, discusses the annual challenge of developing an influenza vaccine and why it makes sense to get vaccinated:


New research identifies flaws in hypertension diagnoses

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Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH, reported results from 2 studies on diagnosing hypertension (high blood pressure) at an American Heart Association conference in September. Her presentations described trial findings about automated office blood pressure monitoring for diagnosing hypertension, and clinician and medical staff perceptions about measuring blood pressure to confirm diagnoses.


Kaiser Permanente launches first coronavirus vaccine trial

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, has conducted numerous vaccine studies, but the task before her in March was different — the timing compressed, the stakes higher — when her team launched one of the first human clinical trials for a vaccine to block infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. In the face of a global pandemic, this vaccine represented hope.


COVID-19 vaccine generates immune response in older adults

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A phase 1 trial of an investigational mRNA vaccine to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection has shown that the vaccine is well-tolerated and generates a strong immune response in older adults, according to an article in The New England Journal of Medicine. Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, leads the phase 1 trial at KPWHRI and is a co-author of the paper.


KPWHRI researcher honored

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Andrea J. Hoopes, MD, MPH, an adolescent medicine physician at Washington Permanente Group and an adjunct research at KPWHRI, was recognized as one of “40 under 40” influencers in the Seattle area.


august 131

Phase 3 clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins

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KPWHRI is participating in phases 1 and 3 trials of an investigational messenger RNA vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. Colin Fields, MD, a Kaiser Permanente Washington clinician who works with KPWHRI’s vaccine team, explains mRNA and explores what makes this vaccine special:


Improving outcomes, preventing obesity in 60 US communities

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Elena Kuo, PhD, describes her research showing the potential of well-designed playgrounds to have a sustained positive effect on children’s physical activity:


Which prescription drug policies control patient costs?

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Kai Yeung, PharmD, PhD, published in the New England Journal of Medicine that state-mandated caps on out-of-pocket costs for specialty drugs reduced spending by patients with the highest bills by 32% and did not result in increases spending by health plans:


New Lancet report offers hope for preventing dementia

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, contributed to a Lancet on dementia prevention, intervention, and care. They say up to 40% of the world’s dementia cases are linked to a handful of risk factors. Tackling those factors could help prevent or delay the onset of the disease:


Aging and geriatrics

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, writes about a silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic: With more awareness of our inevitable mortality, more people are preparing advance care directives that truly express what they want, and don’t want, for late-life care and end of life.


july 131

New Lancet report offers hope for preventing dementia

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, contributed to a Lancet on dementia prevention, intervention, and care. They say up to 40% of the world’s dementia cases are linked to a handful of risk factors. Tackling those factors could help prevent or delay the onset of the disease:


Phase 3 clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins

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A large phase 3 efficacy trial of an investigational mRNA vaccine for the COVID-19 virus is starting, and the 89 study sites are anticipated to include KPWHRI, which launched the phase 1 trial of this vaccine:


COVID-19 vaccine well tolerated, generates immune response

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An investigational mRNA vaccine designed to protect against COVID-19 was generally well tolerated and prompted neutralizing activity in healthy adults, according to interim results from a phase 1 trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine by lead author Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, and colleagues:


Kaiser Permanente launches first coronavirus vaccine trial

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A large phase 3 efficacy trial of an mRNA vaccine for the COVID-19 virus will start this month and will include Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Group (KPWHRI), which launched the phase 1 trial of this vaccine:


june 130

Seattle team to build hi-res brain map of Alzheimer’s disease

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The Allen Institute for Brain Science has teamed up with UW Medicine and KPWHRI’s Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study to explore how Alzheimer’s disease happens in the brain:


The ACT Study: Looking toward the future

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A UW School of Nursing researcher describes analyzing data from the joint KPWHRI-UW ACT study, to better understand the relationship between neighborhoods and cognitive health:


How epidemiologists predict the future of COVID-19

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Aruna Kamineni, PhD, and Diana Buist, PhD, were among epidemiologists talking about when they’d send their children to school or camp during the pandemic; and Mike Jackson, PhD, cautioned that the less-than-scientific methods of “superforecasters” make it hard to vet their work:


Kaiser Permanente launches first coronavirus vaccine trial

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A large phase 3 efficacy trial of an mRNA vaccine for the COVID-19 virus will start this month and will include Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Group (KPWHRI), which launched the phase 1 trial of this vaccine:


6 Building Blocks helps rural clinics to manage opioids

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Led by Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, researchers at Kaiser Permanente and the University of Washington have developed an innovative program to provide primary care clinics with practice support to reduce patients’ use of opioids:


We decreased people’s sedentary time—by an hour a day

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Dori Rosenberg, PhD, helped older people to stand and walk more:


may 1–31

Kaiser Permanente launches first coronavirus vaccine trial

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, is leading the first-ever clinical trial of any experimental vaccine targeting the virus that causes COVID-19. Moderna, Inc., produced the vaccine in record time. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is sponsoring the trial, which is taking place at KPWHRI’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit. This groundbreaking research is continuing to be widely covered by media outlets around the world, including these:


Coordinating chronic care

Katie Coleman, MSPH, and Brian Austin discuss the multidisciplinary effort needed to optimize care and control costs for people with multiple chronic illnesses:


When does your child need antibiotics?

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Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH, describes how premature hype surrounding possible therapies for COVID-19 may be hastening another long looming public health threat, overprescribing of the antibiotic azithromycin (with hydroxychloroquine)—possibly resulting in increasing bacterial resistance:


Artificial intelligence: Aiding, not replacing radiologists

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With University of Washington colleagues and Kaiser Permanente Washington data, KPWHRI researchers are helping to find how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to increase the accuracy of single-radiologist assessments of mammograms:


How do you know when you’re depressed?

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Greg Simon, MD, MPH, explores the kind of depression that can follow an event that leaves a person feeling chronically stressed, upset, or bereaved—and how to treat it:


The science of aging brains: ACT collaborations grow

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, says an update to the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care will include pollution as one of the modifiable life-course risk factors:


APRIL 1–30

Coronavirus vaccine trial now includes older people

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Led by Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, the first-ever trial of any experimental vaccine candidate for COVID-19 virus has expanded to include older adults:


Kaiser Permanente launches first coronavirus vaccine trial

Read story.

Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, is leading the first-ever clinical trial of any experimental vaccine targeting the virus that causes COVID-19. Moderna, Inc., produced the vaccine in record time. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is sponsoring the trial, which is taking place at KPWHRI’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit. This groundbreaking research is continuing to be widely covered by media outlets around the world, including these:


When does your child need antibiotics?

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Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH, advises parents on how to avoid the overuse of antibiotics in children:


Alzheimer’s and dementia: Things are looking up

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, says alternative and complementary practices may reduce many of the symptoms of people with dementia, including anxiety and depression:


How to maximize screening for colon cancer?

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Beverly Green, MD, MPH, is featured for her research on increasing colorectal cancer screening rates through mailing home-testing FIT kits to patients:


MARCH 1–31

Kaiser Permanente launches first coronavirus vaccine trial

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, is leading the first-ever clinical trial for a vaccine targeting the virus that causes COVID-19. Moderna, Inc., produced the vaccine in record time. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is sponsoring the trial, which is taking place at KPWHRI’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit. This groundbreaking research is being widely covered by media outlets around the world, including these:

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Addictions

Joseph E. Glass, PhD, MSW, and Katharine Bradley, MD, MPH, are among 3 coauthors of a blog on contingency management, a behavioral treatment based on operant conditioning principles. Most often, it means providing something of monetary value to patients to incent them to not use drugs:


Best weight-loss surgery for diabetes and severe obesity?

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In this new PCORI video, David Arterburn, MD, MPH, shares the main findings of the PCORnet® Bariatric Study, which compared risks and benefits of the most common types of bariatric surgery to help patients with obesity make informed choices with their physicians:


february 1–29

Vaccine against new coronavirus

Read the NIH trial description and the KPWHRI enrollment web page.

The first clinical trial for a vaccine targeting SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, will be sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The trial will take place at KPWHRI’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit, led by Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH:


More operations follow gastric bypass than gastric sleeve

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David Arterburn, MD, MPH, was interviewed about the rise in second operations after weight-loss surgery:


How effective is acupuncture for chronic back pain?

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Karen Sherman, PhD, was interviewed about Medicare soon offering coverage for acupuncture treatments for lower back pain:


6 Building Blocks helps rural clinics to manage opioids

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The AHRQ posted a step-by-step guide to support clinics as they implement effective, guideline-driven care for their patients with chronic pain who are using opioid therapy. Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, led the team that developed Six Building Blocks: A team-based approach to improving opioid management in primary care:


January 1–31

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

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Commenting on a study linking sleep problems to cognitive decline and dementia, Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, cautioned against overreacting with anxiety, because just because a person struggles with sleep, it doesn’t mean they’re destined to have cognitive problems:


5 ways to prevent or delay dementia

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“Super-agers”—people who age in an unusually healthy way—tend to proactively build a lot of positive, healthy, social activity into their daily lives, according to Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH:


Accountable Communities of Health have made strides

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KPWHRI’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation found that Washington state’s Accountable Communities of Health (ACH) have evolved into robust, regional organizations that are integral to advancing the state’s health system transformation efforts:


Integrative non-drug therapies treat back pain at reasonable cost

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Dan Cherkin, PhD, is interviewed about the issues surrounding back pain, including its causes, treatments and costs:


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