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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.

September 2017


Pre-amputation mobility increases likelihood of receiving prostheses
Transfemoral amputees who can walk independently prior to amputation are more likely to receive prostheses after amputation, according to data presented at the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association World Congress.
Article: HEALIO.COM

August 2017


Mothers with history of pre-eclampsia may encounter cardiovascular challenges later in life
A new study has found that a condition that threatens the lives of some pregnant women and the fetus may continue to put the mother at risk later in life.
Article: NEWSNETWORK.MAYOCLINIC.ORG
Article: SCIENCEDAILY.COM
Article: SBS.COM.AU
Article: DOCTOR.NDTV.COM

No Increase in Stroke with Anti-VEGF Tx for Eye Disorders
Incidence of stroke did not increase among patients receiving anti-VEGF therapy compared with matched controls, researchers reported here.
Article: MEDPAGETODAY.COM
Article: MEDPAGETODAY.COM
Article: HEALIO.COM

Venous thromboembolic events persist despite in-hospital prophylaxis
Near-universal in-hospital prophylaxis did not lead to declines in hospital-related venous thromboembolic events, according to a study published in Blood.
Article: HEALIO.COM

July 2017


Study: Falls can be costly for amputees
The cost of falls for transfemoral amputees can be substantial. According to a Mayo Clinic study published in Prosthetics and Orthotics International, investigators found that in the 6-month period after a fall that resulted in hospitalization, the fall-related expenses for transfemoral amputees were similar to those reported for elderly populations.
Article: HEALIO.COM
Article: SCIENCEDAILY.COM

People with Parkinson’s should be monitored for melanoma, and vice versa, Mayo study finds
People with the movement disorder Parkinson’s disease have a much higher risk of the skin cancer melanoma, and vice versa, a Mayo Clinic study finds.
Article: NEWSNETWORK.MAYOCLINIC.ORG
Article: HEALIO.COM
Article: EUREKALERT.ORG
Article: LIFESCIENCEDAILY.COM
Article: PARKINSONSNEWSTODAY.COM
Article: MEDICALNEWSTODAY.COM

June 2017


High Incidence of Sarcoidosis Found in Ground Zero Firefighters and EMS Workers Post-9/11
A recent epidemiological study showed a high incidence of sarcoidosis among firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) workers who took part in recovery and rescue efforts following the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York that claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people.
Article: SARCOIDOSISNEWS.COM

Is Sjorgen Syndrome a Rare Disease?
According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Sjogren’s syndrome is not a rare disease, but based on data presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2017), it can be argued otherwise.
Article: RAREDR.COM

Women with past adverse childhood experiences more likely to have ovaries removed, study shows
Mayo Clinic researchers report that women who suffered adverse childhood experiences or abuse as an adult are 62 percent more likely to have their ovaries removed before age 46. These removals are for reasons other than the presence of ovarian cancer or a high genetic risk of developing cancer, says the new study published today in BMJ Open.
Article: NEWSNETWORK.MAYOCLINIC.ORG
Article: MEDSCAPE.COM (free with site registration)
Article: MINNPOST.COM
Article: EUREKALERT.ORG

Rochester Epidemiology Project: Taking a bite out of poor health
“We are very pleased by the interest of dental providers in participating in the Rochester Epidemiology Project,” says Alan Carr, D.M.D., chair of Dental Specialties at Mayo Clinic, and the lead champion for the inclusion of dental records in the Rochester Epidemiology Project.
Article: ADVANCINGTHESCIENCE.MAYO.EDU

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
Article: JOURNALS.LWW.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: NEWSNETWORK.MAYOCLINIC.ORG
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
Article: EPIMONITOR.NET

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
Article: JOURNALS.LWW.COM
Article: NEUROLOGYADVISOR.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
Article: SPECIALTYPHARMACYTIMES.COM
Article: THEDERRICK.COM

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