Permanente Medicine in Action

Walks, Not Pills: Clinic Gives Hope to Patients with Chronic Pain

Drs. Sameer Awsare, and Benjamin Mandac, KP Santa Clara, discuss their pilot program that helps ween patients from addictive opioid medications and provides classes and other tools for coping with the pain of withdrawal.

Kaiser Permanente Study Shows New Program Cuts Stroke Treatment Time in Half

Drs. Vivek Rao, MD, Sunil Bhopale, MD, and Alexander Flint, MD describe how diagnosis and treatment times are cut in half by Kaiser’s “Stroke EXPRESS” carts, leading to greater outcomes for stroke victims.

Got Breast Milk? Take it to the Bank

Michele Evans, MD, a pediatrician at KP Roseville, spreads the word on the benefits of breastfeeding, while Mothers Milk Bank begins their milk drive helping neonatal medical teams in California save infant lives.

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  • Got Breast Milk? Take it to the Bank

30-Year National Study Shows Women Who Breastfeed for 6 Months or More Reduce their Diabetes Risk by 50%

Erica Gunderson, PhD, MS, MPH, discusses findings in a 30-year study that show the protective effects of breastfeeding for both mothers and their offspring, including lowering a mother’s risk of developing diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer.

New Kaiser Permanente Study Reveals an Increase in Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

Kelly Young-Wolff, PhD, KP Division of Research, and Nancy Goler, MD, discuss their study addressing the increase in maternal prenatal marijuana use, and how the results fill a critical data gap in understanding marijuana use among pregnant women.

Urban American-Indian and Alaskan Natives May Have Lower Survival Following Invasive Prostate and Breast Cancer

Laurel A. Habel, PhD discusses research from TPMG's Division of Research that finds urban American-Indian and Alaskan Native communities are more likely to have lower survival rates following invasive prostate and breast cancer.