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Kaiser Permanente Study Shows That a Larger Abdomen in Midlife Increases Risk of Dementia
Date:3/26/2008

ly medicine, University of California, La Jolla, Calif.; Mary N. Haan, DrPH, department of epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Erica P. Gunderson, Ph.D., Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, Oakland, Calif.; and Kristine Yaffe, MD, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology, University of California, San Francisco. Funding for the study was provided by the National Institutes of Health.

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Kaiser Permanente's eight research centers comprise one of the largest research programs in the U.S. and engage in work designed to improve the health of individuals everywhere. KP HealthConnect(TM), Kaiser Permanente's electronic health record, and other resources provide population data for research, and in turn, research findings arm KP physicians with up-to-the-minute research and clinical data. Kaiser Permanente's research program works with national and local health agencies and community organizations to share and widely disseminate its research data. Kaiser Permanente's research program is funded in part by Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefit division, which in 2006 directed $808 million in health services, technology, and funding toward total community health.

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Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit, group practice prepayment program headquartered
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