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Residence in mountainous compared with lowland areas in relation to total and coronary mortality. A study in rural Greece
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    Cancer and altitude differences

    Dear Editor

    In their prospective study, Baibas et al (JECH 2005;59(4):274- 8)showed that, in a Greek mountain village at 950 metres, total mortality and not merely coronary mortality was lower than in two lowland villages. What follows assumes that the cancer figures included within "other causes" follow this pattern.

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    Re: Residence in mountainous compared with lowland areas in relation to total and coronary mortality

    Dear Editor,

    In this paper the longer survival of inhabitants of Arachova, Greece at 950 metres elevation, compared with 2 lowland villages was ascribed to the exercise enforced by the mountainous terrain.

    There may be an additional explanation to do with food. Hauswirth et al. High w-3 Fatty Acid Content in Alpine Cheese. (Circulation 2004;109:l03-7) report from Switzerland that cheeses from alpine past...

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