126 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • Female literacy: An important determinant of women’s health
    AnandaGiri M Shankar

    Dear Sir,

    The article by Mohindra SK et al brings about clearly the effect of caste and socioeconomic position on women’s health [1]. If this is the case in Kerala, which is one of the states with good health indicators in India, one can imagine what it would be with more poorer and deprived states in India. We believe that along with socioeconomic status and caste, female literacy is one of the key determinant...

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  • Well researched, well written.
    Manabu Sakuta

    Dear Editor

    Well researched and well written paper, indeed. We japanese as a whole don't even know what is going to happen. Only the powerful Ministry of Finance and Japan Tobacco Co know what is going on. I hope everybody in Japan read this article. By doing so, their way of people manipulation will slowly change. Thank you for your in depth research work.

  • Issues in the Interpretation of Health Inequalities in New York City
    James P. Scanlan

    Dear Editor

    Although there is nothing incorrect in the effort by Karpati et al. [1] to appraise changing neighborhood mortality inequalities in New York City, the effort is compromised by a failure to recognize the statistical tendency whereby the rarer an outcome, the greater the relative difference in experiencing it (and the smaller the relative difference in avoiding it). The authors point out that relative i...

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  • Confounding?
    David E Walker

    Dear Editor

    Does the article "Marital Status and Longevity in the United States Population" correct for possible confounding? The subjects could have different degrees of mental and emotional stability, leading to better or worse lifestyle choices, risk-taking behaviour, and attention to health. Maybe people who are more sedate, emotionally stable, successful, avoid drugs and heavy use of alcohol, etc. are more l...

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  • Description of the GAZEL cohort study
    Maria Melchior

    Dear Editors,

    It has come to my attention that an error crept into the description of the GAZEL cohort study in the article published by Hyde et al. in the October 2006 issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

    The correct number of participants is 20 624, rather than 15 000. The best description of the cohort's baseline characteristics is provided in Goldberg M, Leclerc A, Bonenfant S,...

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  • Habitual Truants
    Woody Caan

    Dear Editor

    Medical care, [1] or medical couldn't care less? I am a mere boy of 52, but so far in my career I have never witnessed a Consultant in Public Health Medicine

    set foot inside a school

    or attend a parents evening

    or even work alongside school nurses to train schoolteachers undertaking compulsory Personal, Social and Health Education classes, in relation to local population n...

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  • Re: Income inequality and the prevalence of mental illness: putting the US in context. Authors reply
    Kate E Pickett

    Dear Editor

    We appreciate Huisman and Avendano’s interest in our research letter on income inequality and the prevalence of mental illness. [1] They point out that the correlations we report between income inequality and mental illness are driven by the position of the United States as an outlier, with a very high prevalence of mental illness and very high levels of income inequality. [2]

    As we pointed o...

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  • Income inequality and the prevalence of mental illness: the “outlier” US drives the association
    Martijn Huisman

    Dear editor,

    In their report on income inequality and the prevalence of mental illness based on data from several European countries and the US, Pickett, James and Wilkinson conclude that higher national levels of income inequality are linked to higher prevalence of mental illness [1]. They base their conclusion on an observed correlation of 0.73 between income inequality (the ratio of the top to the bottom 20%...

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  • Administrative data and occupational health research
    Emily Q Ahonen

    Dear Editor,

    We write to you with respect to our paper published in the Journal about the risk of occupational injury in foreign workers in Spain. Using the first available data in Spain on the subject, for the year 2003, the study found that foreign workers ran risks much higher than those of Spanish workers for both non-fatal and fatal occupational injury. The same data have recently become available for 20...

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  • Difficulties in comparing relative differences across subgroups
    James Scanlan

    Dear Editor,

    In endeavoring to understand the mechanisms underlying the greater mortality of persons never married, Kaplan and Kronick draw inferences from the sizes of the never married penalties in various subgroups.1 For example, questioning whether there is a cumulative effect of years spent unmarried, the authors note that they find a greater penalty for never marrying among the young than the old. In ques...

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