Past REP News




















December 2014

Learn more about REP and how residents of Olmsted County make contributions to medical research by simply allowing access to their medical records for study!

Rochester Epidemiology Project – Improving Community Health Through Research

The Rochester Epidemiology Project is a research collaboration between health care providers in…

November 2014

Cardiovascular Disease Risk High in Spine Disease
Patients with ankylosing spondylitis have high rates of cardiovascular disease, and the risk is significantly underestimated by the Framingham risk score, a population-based study found.
Medpage Today
Original Abstract: Arthritis Care and Research


September 2014

More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don’t Curb Ultimate Height
More and more kids are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and many are medicated — often with stimulant drugs like Ritalin or Adderall.  With so many children taking these drugs, plenty of parents and doctors are concerned about potential side effects, including the possibility of curbed growth.
Original Abstract: Pediatrics

View the background and findings from the most recent journal article that used REP data:

Multimorbidity in Heart Failure: A Community Perspective – The American Journal of Medicine

Comorbidities are a major concern in heart failure, leading to adverse outcomes, increased healthcare utilization, and excess mortality.


Listen to an interview with Dr. Shannon Dunlay, a cardiologist and researcher, as she describes her study on patients with heart failure and why it was important to use the Rochester Epidemiology Project.

Resuscitation Preferences in HF:  Not a One and Done Decision

Drs. Pereira and Dunlay discuss a study showing that resuscitation preferences change over time in patients with heart failure and how to broach the delicate…


June 2014

Studying Heart Failure in the REP
Listen to an interview with Dr. Shannon Dunlay, a cardiologist and researcher, as she describes her study on patients with heart failure and why it was important to use the Rochester Epidemiology Project.

Original Interview: Medscape


May 2014

Steroid Use in RA More Common
More patients with rheumatoid arthritis today are initiating treatment with glucocorticoids (GCs) early in the course of disease than was the case 20 years ago, a retrospective study found.  These findings may reflect shifting patterns of rheumatoid arthritis treatment, away from a “step-up” approach toward an early, aggressive, treat-to-target approach.
Medpage Today
Original Abstract: Arthritis Care and Research


April 2014

Link between COPD and Mild Cognitive Impairment
Using the Rochester Epidemiology Project, researchers found that a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in older adults was associated with increased risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), especially MCI of skills other than memory, and the greatest risk was among patients who had COPD for more than five years.

Original Abstract: Neurology

March 2014

Link between Midlife Type 2 Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment
Researchers who used the Rochester Epidemiology Project found that there is a link between developing high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes in midlife (ages 4o to 64) and having cognitive impairment in later life (ages 65+). To learn more, access the press release and abstract at the links below.

Original Abstract: Neurology

Original Press Release: Mayo Clinic News Network


February 2014

Rise in Skin Cancer among Middle-Aged Adults
A recent study using the Rochester Epidemiology Project, found a large increase in new cases (incidence) of skin cancer between 1979 to 2009, especially in middle-aged women.  To learn more, watch the interview with Dr. Brewer at the link below.

Original Abstract: Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Original Press Release/Video: Mayo Clinic News Network


January 2014

Risks of Glaucoma Blindness Drops
Using the Rochester Epidemiology Project, one research team has reported a large decrease in the probability of going blind from glaucoma. To learn more, watch the interview with Dr. Sit, the lead researcher, at the link below.

Original Press Release/Video: Mayo Clinic News Network


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