February 2016

David_Arterburn_IOMvideo_1col.jpgBariatric surgery pros & cons—Why Group Health research matters 

Dr. David Arterburn talks about his studies with Kaiser and other systems to help a rapidly increasing population with severe obesity.


Tough conversations: How can we help patients get off risky drugs?

Dr. Sascha Dublin describes a Group Health-UW finding that benzodiazepines probably don’t cause dementia. But she cautions that they’re still bad for you.

Grossman-office-Lamont14090903235-1col.jpgClosing the knowledge gap on prevention in pediatrics

Does routine screening for autism, high cholesterol, and other problems improve kids’ health? We need better research to find out, Dr. David Grossman says. 

Buist-Wernli-Nazarko_1col.jpgGroup Health’s new lung cancer screening program shows promise

A project to find early cancers is saving lives, thanks to teamwork, writes Jennifer Nazarko, Group Health director of medical specialties.


Is a picture worth 1,000 words if patients don’t understand it? 

Graphic data displays, like on a Fitbit app, are meant to motivate patients to change behavior and understand their care. But do they work?

Eric-Larson-1209_-1col.jpg‘You’re never more creative’: New directors Paula Lozano and Diana Buist 

Dr. Eric B. Larson welcomes new GHRI leaders in research collaborations and translation.


Better together: Dyad structure is key in health departments’s success

Evaluators find Seattle/King Country Public Health nails a whopping 22 of its 24 strategies in a $25 million initiative to improve public health.


Memoirs offer insiders’ view of mental health care 

Virginia Immanuel recommends two books with firsthand testimony about our nation’s mental health care system.





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