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The Rochester Epidemiology Project has laid the foundation for hundreds of research studies to try and answer questions about health care issues that affect our community. Listed below are some of the news articles discussing the results of recent publications using REP data.

May 2017


Long-Term Opioids May Not Help in Polyneuropathy
—Patients had worse functional outcomes than controls; some became dependent

Long-term opioid therapy in patients with polyneuropathy appears to increase the risk of adverse outcomes without benefiting functional status, researchers said.
Article: MEDPAGETODAY.COM

Dentists in good compliance with American Heart Association guidelines, according to Rochester Epidemiology Project
In the first study examining dental records in the Rochester Epidemiology Project, results show that dentists and oral surgeons are in good compliance with guidelines issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2007, describing prophylactic antibiotic use prior to invasive dental procedures.
Article: MEDICALXPRESS.COM
Article: ECONOMICTIMES.INDIATIMES.COM

A new resource that could change community and public health: Rochester Epidemiology Project’s Data Exploration Portal
After celebrating its 50th anniversary in May 2016, the Rochester Epidemiology Project team is not stopping to rest. Instead, they are marking the beginning of the next 50 years with the launch of a tool that could change community and public health in the region.
Article: NEWSNETWORK.MAYOCLINIC.ORG

Higher incidence of Bell’s palsy attributed to increase in herpes zoster infection
A higher incidence of Bell’s palsy in recent years may be attributed to increasing rates of herpes zoster infection, according to research presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology annual meeting.
Article: HEALIO.COM

Study offers answers on life expectancy for people with Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia
Faced with a serious disease, patients want to know the answer to a difficult question: “How long will I live?” A new Mayo Clinic study in today’s JAMA Neurology has some answers for patients with Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, multiple system atrophy with parkinsonism and Parkinson’s disease dementia.
Article: NEWSNETWORK.MAYOCLINIC.ORG
Article: HEALTH.USNEWS.COM

Skin cancer on the rise
New diagnoses for two types of skin cancer increased in recent years, according to a Mayo Clinic-led team of researchers.
Article: NEWSNETWORK.MAYOCLINIC.ORG
Article: NYMAG.COM
Article: WINONADAILYNEW.COM
Article: DAILYSTAR.CO.UK

SHAC takes aim at troubling Somali health trends
Nasra Giama and Abdirashid Shire created the Somali Health Advisory Council in Rochester about seven years ago. It’s now playing a critical role in the state’s ongoing effort to educate Minnesota-based Somali Americans about the importance of vaccinations.
Article: POSTBULLETIN.COM

April 2017


New Mayo Study: 30% of THA Patients Will Need 2nd THA
“So if I have this hip replaced, what are the chances I will need the other hip done later on?” That is one of the questions that a team of Mayo Clinic researchers wanted to answer.
Article: RYORTHO.COM

Treatments other than surgery may influence risk for breast cancer–related lymphedema
Rates of lymphedema in patients with breast cancer were higher among those who received chemotherapy, radiation and axillary dissection, according to study data presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting.
Article: HEALIO.COM

March 2017


Heart failure and skilled nursing facilities: The importance of getting the facts
For many people diagnosed with heart failure—which almost invariably results in a hospital stay—the next stop is a skilled nursing facility.
Article: MEDICALXPRESS.COM


Ep. 33 #Improving Health Globally By Studying #Health Locally
The Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP) is a collaboration of clinics, hospitals, and other medical facilities in Minnesota and Wisconsin and involves community members who have agreed to share their medical records for research.
Podcast: SOUNDCLOUD.COM

Meet the Researcher: “Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP)”
Walter A. Rocca, M.D., professor of epidemiology and neurology, shares how the Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP), through collaboration between health care providers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, allows researchers to study health and illness on people living in this community.
Video: YOUTUBE.COM

Shedding More Light on Sarcoidosis
Our immune system is designed to repel disease, but occasionally it malfunctions. One potential result of an immune system overreaction is sarcoidosis — the growth of inflammatory cells (granulomas) in different parts of the body.
Article: DISCOVERYSEDGE.MAYO.EDU

Choosing Wisely—At odds with Diagnostic Accuracy?
Using data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, Mayo Clinic researchers performed the first population based study in the United States of primary Sjögren’s syndrome to look at the prevalence of Sjögren’s syndrome in Olmsted County, Minnesota.
Article: ADVANCINGTHESCIENCE.MAYO.EDU

February 2017


Inflammatory bowel disease diagnoses rising
Mayo Clinic researchers report that cases of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – the main conditions that comprise inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – are on the rise.
Article: DISCOVERYSEDGE.MAYO.EDU