Vaccines in the short-term may accelerate the transition from subclinical MS to overt autoimmunity in patients with existing disease

Vaccines and the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis and Other Central Nervous System Demyelinating Diseases JAMA Neurol. Published online October 20, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.2633 Importance  Because vaccinations are common, even a small increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) or other acquired central nervous system demyelinating syndromes (CNS ADS) could have a significant effect on public health. Objective …

BPA linked to obesity risk in puberty-age girls

Contact: Catherine Hylas Saunders csaunders@golinharris.com 202-585-2603 Kaiser Permanente OAKLAND, Calif., June 12 —Girls between 9 and 12 years of age with higher-than-average levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) in their urine had double the risk of being obese than girls with lower levels of BPA, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal PLOS…

Reducing unnecessary and high-dose pediatric CT scans could cut associated cancers by 62 percent

Contact: Phyllis Brown phyllis.brown@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu 916-734-9023 University of California – Davis Health System (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A study examining trends in X-ray computed tomography (CT) use in children in the United States has found that reducing unnecessary scans and lowering the doses for the highest-dose scans could lower the overall lifetime risk of future imaging-related cancers…

Individuals had a 40 percent increased risk of pertussis for each additional acellular dose received (as compared to receipt of a DTwP dose) between ages 1-24 months

Contact: Vincent Staupe vstaupe@golinharris.com 415-318-4386 Kaiser Permanente Whole-cell vaccine was more effective than acellular vaccine during California pertussis outbreak OAKLAND, Calif., May 20, 2013 — Whole-cell pertussis vaccines were more effective at protecting against pertussis than acellular pertussis vaccines during a large recent outbreak, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in Pediatrics. Whole-cell…

Fired for Reporting ICU Risks, Kaiser Nurse Says

  By WILLIAM DOTINGA   OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – A nurse claims that Kaiser Permanente managers fired her after she complained about sub-standard conditions in the neonatal intensive care unit of a newly-opened facility. Dawn Smith sued the Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and two managers at Kaiser’s Modesto, Calif.…

Workplace BPA exposure increases risk of male sexual dysfunction

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Danielle Cass danielle.x.cass@kp.org 510-267-5354 Kaiser Permanente First human study to measure effects of BPA on male reproductive system November 11, 2009 (Oakland, Calif.) – High levels of workplace exposure to Bisphenol-A may increase the risk of reduced sexual function in men, according to a Kaiser Permanente study appearing in…

Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine linked with 2-fold risk of seizures

Contact: Danielle Cass danielle.x.cass@kp.org 510-267-5354 Kaiser Permanente Combination MMRV vaccine linked with 2-fold risk of seizures Electronic health records study of 459,000 children sparked new CDC recommendations Oakland, CA (June 28) – The combination vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox (MMRV) is associated with double the risk of febrile seizures for 1- to 2-year-old…