Posted at: 12/11/2012 7:00 PM
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- After almost fifty years the Mayo Clinic is grateful for the support of the community that helps them operate the Rochester Epidemiology Project.
The one of a kind project creates a medical records pool that allows scientists to study an entire population.
Records from more than 150,000 patients in Olmsted County make up the pool. Researchers have used the records to make findings concerning skin cancer, dementia, and exposures to anesthesia.
The hope is to add records from seven more southeastern Minnesota counties to the mix.
"When the population gets bigger like a half a million then you can look at specific groups and you never know the more people the more numbers the better the study," Mayo Dr. Walter Rocca said.
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