Despite the wide availability of effective treatments for depression and a growing effort nationwide to detect and begin treating depression during primary care visits, only about one-third of individuals newly diagnosed with depression start treatment.
People who spend less time in deep, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may be more likely to develop dementia than individuals who get better quality rest, a recent study suggests. Eric Larson, MD, MPH, vice president for research at Kaiser Permanente Washington, comments on the general importance of REM sleep.
Findings from the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center, reported in the journal Pediatrics, show that among infants of women who received the Tdap pertussis booster vaccine during pregnancy, the risk of contracting pertussis was reduced by an estimated 91 percent during the first two months of life.
Andy Felcher, MD, physician lead for evidence-based guidelines at Kaiser Permanente Northwest helped design a program to decrease unnecessary vitamin D deficiency screening, and to educate his fellow physicians about who should be screened.