eLetters

29 e-Letters

published between 2010 and 2013

  • Re: Social determinants of mental health: a Finnish nationwide follow up study on mental disorders
    Narjes Hazar

    Dear Editor, The published paper by Paananen et al, entitled "Social determinants of mental health: a Finnish nationwide follow up study on mental disorders"1 was an interesting and rigorous study. Through a longitudinal approach, all Finnish children who were born in a certain year (1987) were followed through adolescence in order to examine the development of mental disorders and assess potential SDH-related risk fact...

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  • Cochrane review of health & socio-economic impacts of housing improvement
    Hilary Thomson

    This is a great contribution to the literature on fuel poverty, cold housing, and health.

    The authors call for a review of qualitative and intervention research related to this topic. It may be useful for readers to be made aware of a recently updated version of a systematic review of the health and socio-economic impacts of housing improvement published by the Campbell and Cochrane Collaborations 1. In this revi...

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  • TTC places public health at risk
    Hans Muilerman

    Pesticide Action Network Europe It cannot be denied that TTC (Threshold of Toxicological Concern) was originally proposed in the U.S., as Dr Harris states in her commentary on our article,[1] but her industry-sponsored organisation, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) played a major role in developing it further to the form in which it was accepted by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This process took p...

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  • TTC places public health at risk
    Hans Muilerman

    It cannot be denied that TTC (Threshold of Toxicological Concern) was originally proposed in the U.S., as Dr Harris states in her commentary on our article,[1] but her industry-sponsored organisation, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) played a major role in developing it further to the form in which it was accepted by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

    This process took place in an EFSA workin...

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  • Science-based tools for public policy development are critical
    Suzanne S. Harris

    I am responding on behalf of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) to the Commentary published on Online First on 8 March 2013: "Conflicts of interest at the European Food Safety Authority erode public confidence" by Robinson et al.

    In their Commentary, the authors raise questions about practical scientific tools being studied by a variety of private and public sector groups, including the European F...

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  • Present self-reported physical activity and objective physical activity in the future
    Tomoyuki Kawada

    Hamer et al. conducted a 13-year longitudinal study on the predictive ability of self-reported physical activity on physical activity measured by accelerometers (1). Participants were 394 healthy men and women aged 54 years on average. They concluded that the habits of physical activity in adulthood are partly tracked into older age. About their attractive report, I have several concerns on their statistical outcomes....

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  • Traffic Pollution may Increase Testosterone which may Increase Preeclampsia
    James M. Howard

    "Traffic-related pollution," especially diesel combustion produced, may be shown to increase testosterone. It is my hypothesis that increased maternal testosterone increases preeclampsia (http://anthropogeny.com/Incresing%20Testosterone%20and%20Preeclampsia.htm ).

    I suggest the findings of Pereira, et al., may be explained by increased maternal testosterone.

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  • Family meals boost children's 5 A Day
    C Albert Yeung

    We all know eating together as a family can boost conversation, foster closeness and encourage healthy ways with food. However, a 2011 survey of 1354 people for the insurance firm Cornish Mutual found 48% of British households do not share a meal every day. [1]

    This study shows that by having a family dinner together it can increase children's daily fruit and vegetable intake to reach the 5 A Day target. It rei...

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  • Policy, evidence and theory; contextualising a glossary of policymaking
    Kathryn A Oliver

    We welcome the glossary of theories presented last month by Smith & Katikireddi (2012) and applaud the intention to introduce wider thinking from the political sciences on these subjects to health researchers. Drawing on our practical experiences in the fields of healthcare management and health services research, we would like to identify three related areas which may also be useful for the public health audience....

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  • Family meals boost children's 5 A Day

    We all know eating together as a family can boost conversation, foster closeness and encourage healthy ways with food. However, a 2011 survey of 1354 people for the insurance firm Cornish Mutual found 48% of British households do not share a meal every day. [1]

    This study shows that by having a family dinner together it can increase children's daily fruit and vegetable intake to reach the 5 A Day target. It reinforces the view that children learn more from what adults do than what they say, therefore it is the parental role modelling that helps shape their future habits.

    The strengths of this study are its large sample size (2383 children) and reliable methods of assessing dietary intake through a validated food intake tool. However, there are limitations which have not been noted by the researchers.

    This is a single sample of London schoolchildren taking part in trials assessing school gardening and diet. We do not know whether the children who were taking part in this trial may have particular characteristics that make them different from, for example, children selected from a completely ra...

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