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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.


October 2023

Real-world study confirms reliability of tool assessing 10-year risk prediction of heart disease
In a recent publication in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez and other Mayo Clinic Researchers used over 30,000 records from the Rochester Epidemiology Project to support their findings.
Mayo Clinic News Network

July 2023

Risk of Adult Hypertension in Offspring From Pregnancies Complicated by Hypertension: Population-Based Estimates
Lead author, Vesna D. Garovic, M.D., Ph.D., The Division Chair of Nephrology at Mayo Clinic, along with a team of Mayo Clinic Researchers published in Hypertension in July. The data extracted from the Rochester Epidemiology Project focused on Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy(HDP) and the risk to children after birth.

March 2023

‘Deaths of Despair’ contribute to 17% rise in Minnesota’s death rate during COVID-19 pandemic
Lead author, Rozalina McCoy, M.D. an endocrinologist and primary care physician at The Mayo Clinic, analyzed data extracted from the REP’s medical-linkage system to study the Covid-19 pandemic’s contribution to the recent rise in death rate.
Discovery’s Edge:Mayo Clinic’s Research Magazine

February 2023

Mayo study uses electronic health record data to assess metformin failure risk, optimize care
As a Professor of Epidemiology at The Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and one of the study’s lead author’s, Suzette Bielinski, Ph.D., recently published their study’s findings in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. This study utilized the Rochester Epidemiology Project to assess metformin failure risk to help optimize patient care.
Inside Mayo Clinic Research


November 2022

Association of Premenopausal Bilateral Oophorectomy With Parkinsonism
and Parkinson Disease

The REP was utilized by a team of Mayo Clinic Researchers, lead by Walter A. Rocca, M.D., M.P.H., to confirm that surgical removal of both ovaries is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in women younger than 43.
Inside Mayo Clinic Research

June 2022

Lupus rates increasing, communities of color especially vulnerable
See how this Mayo Clinic research team lead by Drs. Cindy Crowson and Ali Duarte Garcia utilized the resources of the Rochester Epidemiology Project medical records-linkage system to determine the trends in incidence, prevalence and mortality of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a US population over four decades.
Article: Advancing the Science

May 2022

Chronic diseases are more likely to develop in these groups of people with anxiety and depression
Researchers lead by Dr. William Bobo, professor of psychiatry, and chair and consultant of the department of psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, looked at medical data from over 40,000 adults from the Rochester Epidemiology Project medical records-linkage system. They determined that women of all ages and younger men with certain mood disorders are more likely to develop certain chronic illnesses.
Article: CNN Health

February 2022

Instead of health care, how about “well care”?
Recent Mayo Clinic research showed that it is possible to electronically connect community health and wellness program information with people’s medical records in a reliable and secure manner. The combined data can help patients and their doctors identify promising programs that may help patients reach their health and wellness goals.
Article: Advancing the Science

January 2022

Knowing your risk for skin cancer may limit unhealthy behaviors
Using data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, researchers developed the Olmsted County Healthy Skin Study. This study examined the role of tanning bed use in people who knew about the risk of skin cancer.
Article: Dermatologic Surgery

A summary of multi-morbidity research using the REP
The REP has been investigating multi-morbidity for nearly a decade. This has included descriptive studies (prevalence and incidence) as well as studies of risk factors for developing multi-morbidity and outcomes in persons living with multi-morbidity. In the spring of 2021, Dr. Walter Rocca (Co-PI of the REP) presented an overview of the REP’s contributions to multi-morbidity research at an invited lecture for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Disease Prevention (ODP).
Source: NIH ODP
YouTube Link


November 2021

Premenopausal Bilateral Oophorectomy Linked to Later Cognitive Impairment
New research provides additional evidence that bilateral oophorectomy before menopause increases the risk of cognitive decline. The new findings, in conjunction with findings from previous studies, suggest that women at average risk of ovarian cancer may need to more clearly assess their risk-to-benefit balance before undergoing bilateral oophorectomy at young ages (before spontaneous menopause).
Article: MedScape

October 2021

Calming the fears of parents about the use of corticosteroids in children
Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is common among children. It causes the skin to become red and itchy. The most common treatment is a corticosteroid cream that helps control the itching and repair the skin. One common fear parents express is that this medication may cause their child’s bones to break more easily. This study found no increased risk of fractures in children who were prescribed corticosteroids before the age of 4 years.
Article: Advancing the Science

July 2021

Severe COVID for People Under 45: Who’s Most at Risk?
Folks under 45 have more than triple the risk for severe COVID-19 if they have cancer or heart disease, or blood, neurologic or endocrine disorders, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.
Article: US News

May 2021

AI-enabled EKG finds differences between chronological age and biological age
You might be older (or younger) than you think. A new study found that differences between a person’s chronological age in years (i.e., the number of years that have passed since birth) and his or her biological age (i.e., the tissue- or organ-specific aging), as predicted by an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled EKG, can provide measurable insights into health and longevity.
Article: ScienceDaily

April 2021

Pregnancy Raises the Risk for Kidney Stones.
Kidney stones can happen to anyone, but a new study confirms that being pregnant may increase your risk of developing them. Previous research has suggested that a number of pregnancy-related changes in the body can contribute to kidney stone formation, but this study is the first to provide evidence of that link.
Article: US News

February 2021

Studies examine the role of cholesterol in healing after spinal injury
In a recent publication in Spinal Cord Series and Cases, researchers report that the use of cholesterol-lowering statins may slow the recovery of spinal cord injuries.
Article: Discovery’s Edge


December 2020

All Adrenal Tumors Should be Investigated, Says Study
In a recent publication in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a team of international researchers describes the epidemiology of adrenal tumors in Olmsted County, Minnesota. They used the Rochester Epidemiology Project, a medical research collaboration that allows population-based research on a level not possible anywhere else in the U.S. Based on those data, the authors recommend that all tumors, even those found secondary to the patient’s main health concern, be fully evaluated for malignancy or contributions to hormone imbalance.
Article: Discovery’s Edge

April 2020

Symptom checker for your neighborhood
In a study published recently in BMC Public Health, Dr. Chamberlain and her team discussed some of their neighborhood-based research. They found that in any particular geographically-defined community, how many chronic medical conditions its residents have are related to the socioeconomic disadvantages of that particular neighborhood.
Article: Advancing the Science

February 2020

Vitamin D deficiency – a common thread, commonly missed
Everyone has heard of vitamin D. Most of us know that our bodies produce vitamin D when we spend time in the sun, and that if we don’t get enough sunlight, or if for some other reason our bodies don’t produce enough vitamin D, it’s not good. But why exactly is it bad for our bodies to not get enough vitamin D?
Article: Advancing the Science

Find More Publications

To find more publications of research studies supported by the Rochester Epidemiology Project, visit our Publications Search page. On this page, you can search hundreds of publications supported by the REP and related to almost every disease imaginable.