297 e-Letters

  • A peace protest
    Fran Baum

    One of the defining features of public health is a commitment to collective action to protect populations as a whole. The current global peace movement is an expression of public health advocacy against a supremely unhealthy action - the invasion and waging of war on another nation. In February 2003 millions of people around the world marched against the war on Iraq. In Adelaide, a city of some 1.1 million in Southern Australi...

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  • Health benefit of green spaces not confirmed
    Jean Adams

    Dear Editor

    Takano and colleagues’ paper [1] on the association between proximity to ‘walkable green spaces’ and longevity in senior citizens in Tokyo will be of interest to those involved in promoting health in its broadest sense. However, this study has a number of methodological limitations, the authors draw conclusions that are not supported by their results and the study does not merit the largely uncritical r...

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  • Suicide and conservative rule, UK and Australia
    Martin Heilweil

    Dear Editor

    A recent article in Nature magazine
    Polls take heavy toll -- Suicide rises under conservative rule, 20 September 2002
    discusses the correlation of conservative governmental rule, and suicide, in England and Australia, over the last hundred years, and cites the article by Page A et al. as one of...

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  • Mental health after violence
    Paras Kumar Pokharel

    Dear Editor

    Peruvians and Nepali people have something to share - endless social violence. Nepal does not have a colonial ruler and so often does not have access to the modern world.

    Our community has undergone very tramatic experiences of soldiers dying and rebels on the screen every day. This may account for the recent sharp rise in mental disorders.

    The method applied in the article by JJ Mir...

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    J. Romero-Teruel

    Dear Editor

    The straw poll was an interesting idea and an excellent and precise result.

    Now, we expect that the Ministers of Health, who actually are voting, consider the capacity and experience of Dr Mirta Roses as the voters in your poll did. Besides, this is an excellent opportunity to have a woman in this position at PAHO, for the first time.

    The great majority of South America and the Caribbea...

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  • PAHO election: needs experience not curriculum!
    Camilo Torres

    Dear Editor

    The forthcoming election at PAHO ia a very serious matter. The Latin American countries have passed, or are passing, through very hard times: Mexico (Tequilla crisis), Colombia (Drugs and civil war) Argentina (Economic crisis) etc. and the near future will be the most difficult in relation to the expected social demands. Public Health should be prepared to face important challenges.


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  • PAHO election
    Joseph Romero

    Dear Editor

    I would like to ask: where are the new ideas for PAHO?

    Certainly not in the writings prepared by Dr Sepulveda for his campaign.

    On the other side, he has no proven experience with any international program so far, much less in conducting a serious Institution like PAHO.

    Latin America and the Caribbean are not places for an ambitious, inexperienced person to try out "new ideas"....

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  • Response to Dr Adamiak
    Ana V. Diez Roux

    Dear Editor

    I thank Dr Adamiak for her careful reading of the glossary. I believe the confusion may be motivated by the fact that the sentence she refers to is not as clearly stated as it could have been. By "in the case of continuous dependent variables" I meant more precisely "when the response variable is normally distributed and the link function is identity (ie models usually referred to as linear models)". By "i...

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  • Other factors
    Michael P. Harlow

    Dear Editor

    It would be interesting to know the overall health condition of the subjects. Were they average weight, average stressed occupations, diets. What other environmental conditions could have contributed to their heart problems, if any.

  • Supply inducement and mortality rates - bias and confounding
    Grazyna T Adamiak

    Dear Editor

    The Authors draw conclusion that the use of acute hospital beds does not increase as the population ages, which is a result from a seven year cohort study in Germany. The problem is however that there are supply related factors, which can strongly affect the results. It is known that there are substitutions between different forms of care.[1] The days spent in hospitals and the mortality rates, in part...

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