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More medical records to be added to Mayo study database

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The Mayo Clinic will add medical records from seven southeastern Minnesota counties to a database.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Mayo Clinic has collected medical records in Olmsted County to generate numerous studies. The Rochester Epidemiology Project has close to 600,000 medical records collected over almost 50 years. The health data have generated more than 2,000 studies and provided groundbreaking information on a variety of conditions.

Now the project will broaden its database by including patients from Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Wabasha and Winona counties.

Many of the project's findings have been the basis of studies that have attracted national and global interest. Having access to a large and growing pool of medical records will give researchers more study options, according to the manager of the project.

Dentists, optometrists and chiropractors have been encouraged to join the project.

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