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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 a few of the recent studies (within the last six months) that have published results using the REP.

December 2016


High school football players, 1956-1970, did not have increase of neurodegenerative diseases
A recent study found that varsity football players from 1956 to 1970 did not have an increased risk of degenerative brain diseases compared with athletes in other varsity sports.
Article: Mayo Clinic News Network
Article: Crying Foul – PostBulletin

Comparing gait parameters can predict decline in memory and thinking
Walking is a milestone in development for toddlers, but it’s actually only one part of the complex cognitive task known as gait that includes everything from a person’s stride length to the accompanying swing of each arm. A Mayo Clinic study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that problems associated with gait can predict a significant decline in memory and thinking.
Article: Mayo Clinic News Network
News Video: KIMT


November 2016


Kidney Stones Had Larger Implications for Health
Passing a kidney stone can be an extremely painful experience. New research showed that even after passing the stones there could still be health issues.
Article: DailyRx News
Article: Mayo Clinic Proceedings


October 2016


Low Vitamin D Increases Mortality Risk
A comprehensive population-based study finds that low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D is linked with all-cause death.
Article: WorldHealth


September 2016


Most premenopausal women should not undergo oophorectomy due to risks for chronic health conditions
Premenopausal women who underwent bilateral oophorectomy demonstrated elevated risk for multiple chronic health conditions, according to results from a historical cohort study.
Article: Healio


Rochester Epidemiology Project celebrates 50 years
Local health leaders gathered Monday at Mayo Clinic to celebrate 50 years of the groundbreaking Rochester Epidemiology Project, while also announcing a new outreach program over the next year.
Article: Post Bulletin
Article: StarTribune

August 2016


Project expands reach to help improve medical care
Regional program combines medical information from hundreds of thousands with goal of improving health care, advancing research
Article: Leader-Telegram


Does Giant Cell Arteritis Increase Risk of Venous Thromboembolism?
Patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) are not at increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA) compared with those without GCA, data published in PLoS ONE indicate.
Article: Neurology Advisor


New Suicide Prevention Opportunities Identified
The attempted suicide is the strongest known predictor of completed suicide, and a history of a suicide attempt may indicate suicide risk over the entire adult lifetime. The risk for a completed suicide following an earlier attempt, however, is much higher than previously thought, according to new findings published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.
Article: Psychiatry Advisor
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Cancer risk higher with heart failure in MI survivors
Patients who developed heart failure (HF) after their first myocardial infarction (MI) were more likely to receive a cancer diagnosis when compared with patients who did not develop HF following their first MI incident, a study suggests.
Article: Medpage Today


No link found between aneurysm size and dissection in patients with giant cell arteritis
Results from this study indicated aneurysm size did not predict aortic dissection or rupture in patients with giant cell arteritis and that active inflammation may be a factor in the higher frequency of active aortitis in patients with dissection.
Article: Healio

June 2016


Study: Increase in Parkinson’s disease over 30 years
The dramatic results of the Mayo Clinic study have some researchers surprised
Article: KIMT.COM
Article: NeurologyNow

April 2016

Aspirin May Be A Potential Bile Duct Cancer Treatment
As a drug, aspirin has many uses.  Now, researchers are saying aspirin has potential as treatment for bile duct cancer, a rare type of the disease
Article: TECHTIMES.COM | BY TECH TIMES

CV Risks Up in Cutaneous Lupus
Chance of cerebrovascular events three times higher versus controls
Article: MEDPAGETODAY.COM

CAD Extent May Foreshadow Risk of Heart Failure After First MI – Daily News – TCTMD
The number of occluded coronary arteries at the time of first MI may predict whether patients will subsequently develop heart failure (HF), a large population-based study suggests.  The findings underscore the importance of understanding how HF emerges over time once an MI has occurred, the researche…
Article: TCTMD.COM

February 2016

Childhood ADHD in Girls Linked to Later Obesity
Association was statistically significant for girls but not boys
Article: MEDPAGETODAY.COM

Weight Loss Between Mid-Life and Late Life May Signal MCI
New findings suggest that an increasing rate of weight loss from mid-life to late life may help identify persons at risk for mild cognitive impairment.
Article: MEDSCAPE.COM

Study Finds No Link Between Surgical Anesthesia and MCI
ROCHESTER, Minn. – A Mayo Clinic study of people who received anesthesia for surgery after age 40 found no association […] Article: NEWSNETWORK.MAYOCLINIC.ORG

January 2016

US Thiazide-Associated Hypercalcemia Rates Peaked in 2006, Then Declined
The incidence of thiazide-associated hypercalcemia began to increase in 1998, reached a peak in 2006 and decreased after that time, according to recent findings.  Robert A. Wermers, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, and colleagues evaluated 221 residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, with thiazide-associated h…
Article: HEALIO.COM

Shingles Risk 70% Higher for Adults With Asthma
Researchers suggest considering zoster vaccine for those aged 50 years and older with asthma.  Their findings build on their previous work showing a link between childhood asthma and shingles
Article: MEDSCAPE.COM

Study: Not All axSpA Progresses to Ankylosing Spondylitis
Axial spondyloarthritis may be a prolonged prodromal state, authors say
Article:MEDPAGETODAY.COM

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