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Items Tagged ‘epidemiology’

February 25, 2020

Vitamin D deficiency – a common thread, commonly missed

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

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 […]

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Tags: Andrea Aul, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, epidemiology, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, pediatric research, population health, Rochester Epidemiology Project, Tom Thacher, vitamin D


January 30, 2020

A breakthrough in distinguishing benign adrenal tumors from cancerous ones

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Christoph Bahn Approximately 80 million CT scans are performed in the United States every year. Adrenal tumors are found incidentally in about 5% of these scans. Most of these tumors will turn out to be benign, but a small fraction will be adrenal cortical carcinoma, a type of cancer with high mortality and frequent recurrence; even for […]

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Tags: adrenal tumors, biomarkers, biopsy, cancer, clinical research, CT, endocrine cancer, endocrinology, epidemiology, hormones, Irina Bancos, Mayo Clinic Laboratories


September 19, 2019

Biostatistician keeps Mayo research ship-shape

By Caitlin Doran Caitlin Doran

I met Rickey Carter, Ph.D., in his glass-walled office on the Mayo Clinic Florida campus in June. From his desk, he can look out over the Health Sciences Research Department: desks and cubicles in orderly rows, like boats in a marina and humming with activity—activity he helps promote as vice chair of the Department of […]

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Tags: artificial intelligence, biostatistics, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, epidemiology, health sciences research, Rickey Carter


July 1, 2019

Community preparedness for future outbreaks: Lessons from whooping cough

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

Lately the news has contained many stories of illness or death that could have been prevented by vaccination. Although in 2019 the stories have mostly been about measles, in 2016 it was pertussis, or whooping cough, as it was in 2012, and 2004-2005. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 24.1 million cases of whooping cough […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Chung-Il Wi, epidemiology, Euijung Ryu, immunization, personalized medicine, pertussis, Rochester Epidemiology Project, vaccines, whooping cough, Young Juhn


June 24, 2019

Mayo Clinic study explores cumulative radiation from CT use

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Jay Furst Computed tomography (CT), which uses specialized X-rays to create images of areas inside the body, has revolutionized medicine in the nearly 50 years since it became commonly available. From kidney stones to cancer, CT has become an indispensable diagnostic tool. In 1980, an estimated 3 million CT scans were made in the […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, CT, epidemiology, James Cerhan, radiation therapy, Rochester Epidemiology Project


April 8, 2019

The newest building block for understanding rare disease

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

One of the basic building blocks of understanding disease is epidemiologic research. In this science, researchers seek to understand how often a condition occurs in a particular population, and to identify successful ways to treat or prevent disease. In a study published April 8 in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a team of Mayo Clinic researchers led […]

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Tags: Ali Duarte-Garcia, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, epidemiology, Eric Matteson, immune system, rare disease, rheumatology, Rochester Epidemiology Project


January 31, 2019

New data gives clarity to allergy doctors and their patients

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann

In a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic researchers present the first population-based evidence showing how often food allergies are diagnosed in people. The study also determined which foods are most likely to cause allergic reactions in different age groups. “There were no previous population-based estimates for food allergies in the U.S.,” […]

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Tags: allergies, Avni Joshi, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, epidemiology, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, population health, research, Rochester Epidemiology Project


June 8, 2018

Researchers find link between childhood trauma, recent abuse and more severe menopause symptoms

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

By Heather Carlson Kehren Women who have experienced childhood trauma may suffer from more severe hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, according to new Mayo Clinic research presented during the 16th World Congress on Menopause this week. Researchers found an association between women who experienced adverse childhood events (ACEs) and more severe menopausal symptoms, […]

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Tags: adverse childhood events, epidemiology, Madison Okuno, menopause, population health, women's health


January 18, 2018

Research finds hysterectomy alone associated with increased long-term health risks

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor

Mayo Clinic researchers show that hysterectomy with ovarian conservation is associated with a significantly increased risk of several cardiovascular diseases and metabolic conditions. The findings are published in Menopause. “This is the best data to date that shows women undergoing hysterectomy have a risk of long-term disease ─ even when both ovaries are conserved,” says Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, M.D., […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, epidemiology, hysterectomy, Rochester Epidemiology Project, Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso


August 8, 2017

Proposed research agenda-Address disparities for young thyroid cancer patients

By Meghan Knoedler Meghan Knoedler

In 2013, the television show host from HGTV’s Flip or Flop, Tarek El Moussa, received a concerned email from a fan of the show. The email came from an experienced registered nurse to tell him that while watching the show she noticed a lump in the front of his throat and was extremely concerned the […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, endocrinology, epidemiology, Juan Brito Campana, oncology, thyroid cancer


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