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KPWHRI in the Media

 

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

 

2022


September 1-30

Malaria study finds that whole-parasite vaccine conveys protection

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A malaria vaccine study overseen by KPWHRI Senior Investigator Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, working with collaborators at the University of Washington, Fred Hutch, and Seattle Children’s, found that a genetically engineered whole-parasite vaccine was safe for volunteers in trials and protected them from infection. NPR featured a trial participant in their story on the results.


August 1-31

New open data released to help understand Alzheimer’s disease

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Researchers have released new open data showing the specific types of cells and neurons that die off or change in Alzheimer’s disease as part of a collaboration between the Allen Institute, KPWHRI, and the University of Washington School of Medicine.


Dementia risk screening tool shows promise

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Assistant Biostatistics Investigator Yates Coley, PhD, spoke to Medscape about a recent publication that assessed performance of a new tool to help identify more older adults with undiagnosed dementia.


Malaria study finds that whole-parasite vaccine conveys protection

Read the paper.

A malaria vaccine study overseen by KPWHRI Senior Investigator Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, working with collaborators at the University of Washington, Fred Hutch, and Seattle Children’s, found that a genetically engineered whole-parasite vaccine was safe for volunteers in trials and protected them from infection.


A new study to raise clinician awareness about drugs known to increase fall risk

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A collaboration between KPWHRI and the University of Washington School of Medicine will test a program to raise awareness about how certain dementia medications may increase the risk of falls in older adults.


July 1-31

New open data released to help understand Alzheimer’s disease

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Researchers have released new open data showing the specific types of cells and neurons that die off or change in Alzheimer’s disease as part of a collaboration between the Allen Institute, KPWHRI, and the University of Washington School of Medicine.


Learnings from deploying community resource specialists at Kaiser Permanente Washington
 

Associate Investigator Clarissa Hsu, PhD, spoke about the collaborative work of creating the community resource specialist role and implementing it in Washington.


June 1-30

Most medical cannabis use not documented in electronic health records

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Assistant Investigator Gwen Lapham, PhD, MPH, MSW, comments on her recent study looking at the prevalence of patient-reported medical cannabis use.


Eye conditions may help screen for Alzheimer’s disease

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Findings from the ACT Study on a link between certain eye conditions and Alzheimer's disease are referenced in discussing a new study on eye health and dementia.


Senior Investigator Kathy Bradley, MD, MPH, discusses alcohol screening
 

Kathy Bradley and several other KPWHRI investigators contributed expertise to the new Core Resource on Alcohol from the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).


May 1-31

KPWHRI starts first clinical trial for schistosomiasis vaccine

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The Phase I trial could pave the way for the first-ever vaccine against schistosomiasis, which impacts an estimated 200 million people worldwide.


Senior investigator Eric Larson, MD, MPH, writes about age-related memory changes
 


Is blood pressure reading more accurate at home or clinic?

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Home blood pressure monitoring demonstrated to be an excellent alternative for making new diagnoses of hypertension.


March 1-31

Social risks: Do patients want health systems to help?

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SONNET (Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation) study led by KPWHRI’s Leah Tuzzio, MPH, looks at patients’ unmet social risks and their desire for assistance.


Senior Investigator David Arterburn, MD, MPH, comments on story on safer weight loss surgeries
 


Implementing virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Read the paper and report.

A report led by the Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE), part of KPWHRI, assesses changes in safety net health centers’ capacity to implement virtual care and the experience of health care staff in delivering telehealth during the pandemic.


Is blood pressure reading more accurate at home or clinic?

Read the news release.

Home blood pressure monitoring demonstrated to be an excellent alternative for making new diagnoses of hypertension.


Senior Investigator Jessica Chubak, PhD, comments on study that found canine affection may help reduce pain
 


Effect of offering care management or online dialectical behavior therapy skills training vs usual care on self-harm among adult outpatients with suicidal ideation: A randomized clinical trial

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Research compared 2 low-intensity outreach programs with usual care for prevention of suicidal behavior among outpatients who report recent frequent suicidal thoughts.


February 1-28

Effect of offering care management or online dialectical behavior therapy skills training vs. usual care on self-harm among adult outpatients with suicidal ideation: A randomized clinical trial

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Research compared 2 low-intensity outreach programs with usual care for prevention of suicidal behavior among outpatients who report recent frequent suicidal thoughts.


Recent studies on breast cancer screening

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Researcher Ellen O’Meara, PhD, and affiliate investigator Diana Miglioretti, PhD, estimate that 15% of screen-detected breast cancers, about 1 in 7, are overdiagnosed in those who screen every other year.


ACT Study/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.


Use of recombinant zoster vaccine associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome in older adults 

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Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, and Jennifer C. Nelson, PhD, comment that while a recent study found that the recombinant zoster vaccine was linked to a small increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome, on balance, benefits outweigh safety concerns for the vaccine for adults.


January 1–31

Cataract surgery linked with lessened dementia risk

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Research based on KPWHRI’s ACT Study led by Eric Larson, MD, MPH, finds that cataract surgery is associated with 30% lower risk of dementia in aging population.


Patient-reported firearm access prior to suicide death

Read the JAMA Network Open research letter.

Julie Richards, PhD, MPH, explores the question: When people who died by suicide were asked about gun access before their death, how did they answer?


Trial confirms mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccine boosters are safe, produce immune response

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Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, explains results support boosting with Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


New study from Vaccine Safety Datalink organizations supports the safety of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy

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Lisa Jackson, MD, MPH, is a co-author in a CDC study showing that pregnant women who get the COVID-19 vaccine are at no greater risk of delivering early or delivering unusually small babies.


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