Category Archives: Press Releases

Tailored Post-Hospital Visits Lower Risk of Readmission for Medicare Advantage Patients

PASADENA, Calif. —Medicare Advantage patients who had tailored post-hospital visits with primary care clinicians, known as POSH visits, were less likely to experience hospital readmission than those who did not have an outpatient visit, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Tailored POSH visits are scheduled for the patient while he or she is still in the hospital and focus on following up on treatment plans after discharge.

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Risk for Autism in Younger Children Increases Significantly If They Have Older Sibling with Disorder

PASADENA, Calif. — A new Kaiser Permanente study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD. The study, which was published today in Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, also found the risk level was consistent across gestational age at birth.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by impairments in social interaction and communication, as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior.

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Telestroke Program Closes Gaps in Treatment, Increases Access to Timely Stroke Remedy

PASADENA, Calif.  The use of a life-saving clot-dissolving treatment for patients with acute ischemic stroke increased by 73 percent following the implementation of a telestroke program designed to help community medical centers, according to a study published today in The Permanente Journal.

Stroke is a major cause of death and a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. Acute ischemic stroke, the most common type, is caused by a clot obstructing the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain,

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Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Increases Risk of Having Overweight Children

PASADENA, Calif. A new Kaiser Permanente study, published in Pediatric Obesity, found that pre-pregnancy obesity and excessive weight gain during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of the child becoming overweight at age 2. The study also found breastfeeding for at least six months helped reduce the likelihood of a child being overweight at age 2.

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Breast Cancer Patients Taking Newer Hormone Therapy Drugs Have No Increased Risk of Fatal Cardiovascular Events

PASADENA, Calif. In a new study from Kaiser Permanente, researchers found the use of aromatase inhibitors, hormone-therapy drugs used to treat patients with breast cancer, was not associated with an increased risk of fatal cardiovascular events, including heart attacks or stroke, compared with tamoxifen, another commonly prescribed anti-cancer drug that works on hormones and which has been associated with a serious risk of stroke.

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New Study Shows Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment Vary Significantly by Race and Ethnicity

PASADENA, Calif. A large study from Kaiser Permanente, involving more than 7 million adults, found significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions based on the race and ethnicity of the patients. The new study, published in the journal Psychiatric Services, also found that regardless of race or ethnicity, patients were more than twice as likely to receive medication for a mental health condition than formal psychotherapy.

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No Increased Risk in Providing Flu Vaccine to Surgical Patients

PASADENA, Calif. Surgical patients who received the flu vaccine during their hospital stay did not have an increased risk of emergency department visits or subsequent hospitalizations in the week following discharge, compared with surgical patients who did not receive the vaccine. The new study from Kaiser Permanente, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also found that compared with unvaccinated surgical patients,

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Hypertensive Disorders During Pregnancy and Risk After Delivery

PASADENA, CA Women who are diagnosed with hypertensive disorders while pregnant are more than twice as likely to develop high blood pressure in the first year after delivery as women who did not have any pregnancy-related hypertension, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the Journal of Hypertension.

Hypertensive disorders during pregnancy are common, affecting up to 10 percent of all pregnant women,

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Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Obesity Rates Decline Among Children and Teens in Southern California

PASADENA, Calif., – A new study from Kaiser Permanente found a small but significant decline in the percentage of young people who are overweight and obese in Southern California. The decline was seen across all ages, races and ethnicities, but was less pronounced in girls, adolescents, Hispanic and black children, according to the results published today in The Journal of Pediatrics.

The exceptionally large sample in this study allowed researchers to make more detailed observations than other recent studies of childhood obesity.

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Higher Quality Screening Colonoscopies Associated With Lower Lifetime Risk of Colorectal Cancer and Death

PASADENA, Calif. – Improving colonoscopy quality through higher detection rates for a particular type of polyp may be associated with as much as a 60 percent lower lifetime risk of colorectal cancer incidence and death without increasing overall care costs, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

This large-scale cost-benefit analysis examines how differences in detection rates for adenomas,

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