The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research conducts, publishes, and disseminates epidemiologic and health services research to improve the health and medical care of Kaiser Permanente members and society at large. We seek to understand the determinants of illness and well-being, and to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Currently, DOR’s 600-plus staff is working on more than 580 epidemiological and health services research projects.

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Kaiser Permanente Researchers Will Evaluate Whether Lifestyle Changes Improve Prognosis for Women With Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer OAKLAND, Calif., November 8, 2004 Researchers at Kaiser Permanente have received a $10 million grant to study whether lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) impact recurrence and survival rates for…

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Study Examines Relationship Between Breast Density and Second Breast Cancers for Women with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

Breast Density and DCIS Oakland, Calif., October 5, 2004--Having highly dense breasts may be associated with an increased risk of a second breast cancer among women who have had a ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), according to a study in…

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Even Mild Kidney Disease Increases Risk of Heart Attack or Death

Oakland, CA—Chronic kidney disease—even asymptomatic forms of the disease—increases a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke, or death, according to researchers with Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in a paper published in the September 23, 2004 issue of the New…

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Study Shows Role of Genetic Makeup Between Parents in Preterm Delivery

Transmission of Parentally Shared Human Leukocyte Antigen Gene Increases Risk of Early Births Oakland, Calif., August 31, 2004--The transmission of Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) genes may play a significant role in the risk of preterm delivery, according to a study…

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Can Mammograms Help Predict Cardiovascular Disease?

Mammograms, New Findings are Promising OAKLAND, Calif., May 25, 2004 -- The presence of breast vascular calcifications found through common mammograms is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases in women, according to an article in the May Journal…

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Gestational Diabetes Increases 35% in 10 Years

GDM - Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Kaiser Permanente Research shows risky condition becoming more prevalent in younger pregnant women. Oakland, CA—Kaiser Permanente researchers studying 267,000 women of various ethnic groups have found that the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) increased…

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Fitness Now May Keep You Healthy Later

Study included 1,000 Kaiser members from Oakland, followed subjects over 15 years Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - People who failed a treadmill fitness test in their 20s had twice the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and other cardiovascular…

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Link Between Cannabis and Death Still Not Established

Cannabis and Death Although the use of cannabis is not harmless, its link with death is still not established, argues senior researcher, Dr. Steve Sidney, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, Division of Research in this week's BMJ. (9.19.03) Two large studies…

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NSAIDS and Miscarriage

Exposure to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during pregnancy and risk of miscarriage: population based cohort study. According to a new publication recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), by Dr. DeKun Li, use of NSAIDs and aspirin during pregnancy increased…

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