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 publications from 2020 and 2021 using REP data.


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

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