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287 e-Letters

  • Confusing confounding and causation
    A Singh-Manoux
    Dear Editor,

    Macleod et al[1] reported the influence of confounding by socioeconomic factors in observational epidemiology, questioning the role of psychosocial exposures in predicting ill-health. The authors concluded that the association between psychosocial exposures and health reported in the literature might be spurious, a result of the association between socioeconomic position and psychosocial exposures. We read wit...

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  • How does social class get under the skin?
    Hans Bosma

    Dear editor,

    With great interest we read the paper by Macleod and co-workers on the influence of psychosocial exposures on 21-year mortality. According to the authors, the small positive effects of stress on mortality became attenuated after control for social class. From this the authors concluded that the effects of psychosocial factors on health reported in a large number of studies from a number of populations...

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  • Smoking and neurodegenerative diseases
    Mohamed Farouk Allam

    Dear Editor

    Nilsson and his colleagues have assessed the hazards of tobacco smoking among men and women in a Swedish cohort. The authors reported no statistically significant gender differential in relative mortality rates for any of the studied diseases [1]. I have deep concerns about gender differences of smoking-related risks for Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases (the most frequent nuerodegenerative diseases in...

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  • NEW YORK BESIEGED: SEPTEMBER 11TH AND AFTER
    Sally Conover
    Dear Editor

    Epidemiologists all over the world have been good enough to express their concerns and worries about how we, and other friends and colleagues in New York, fared in the terror provoked on September 11 2001. This annotation responds to the editor's invitation that we convey something from our vantage point. We welcomed his interest. The experience is, so far, unique in history. Our account is personal, that of fou...

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  • Where did they belong?
    Vaishali Mona Verma

    Dear Editor,

    I spent six long years in the UK, and following a "Hospital Doctor" report, requested the BMA to provide us with a list of the countries from which the junior doctors who committed suicide between 1991 to 1995 came from. It is felt that severe ill treatment of Indian/other overseas doctors by the NHS, may have led to this. Why are the British Government, the British Health Department, and the BMA...

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  • Revenge is not the answer; leadership could be
    Gavin Mooney
    From a public health perspective, one of the major challenges post 11th September is whether we can build a more caring communitarian world. The signs are not good. Behind the media hype, what comes through is largely a lack of institutional caring. People as individuals still seem to care even if their voices are muted.

    Markets and neo-liberal globalisation serve to create yet greater maldistributions not only of resources...

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  • A new international public health target
    Andrea Campbell

    The tragedy of New York, Washington and Pittsburgh is both immediate and long-term. Immediate in its violent loss and bereavement; the anger, anguish and personal 'what ifs' that will devastate psychological well being over the next few weeks and months. What if she/he had missed the train, woke up late, been on a lower floor, not gone back to their desk, not taken that plane, had a few more seconds...? I breathed a huge...

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  • Dealing with Terrorism: A Public Health Agenda
    Nancy Milio
    For the public health community, the terrorism wreaked on the United States is stunning, but not necessarily surprising. It was a shrieking reminder to us all that desperate and hopeless peoples will follow extremist minorities, that poverty and insecurity, compounded by smoldering pockets of war and the cautious engagement, if any, by the rich world breeds the destruction of September 11. That horror spread its message in nanos...
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  • A new Term
    Mario Tristan
    Dear Editor

    It is a very short note but I feel the need to write it. It has been very interesting to read this new article written by Nancy Krieger. I have been following and reading all her articles. We at ALAMES (Asociación Latino Americana de Medicina Social) started following her papers when she first published the "The web of causation: has anyone seen the spider?". Many Latin American authors were writing about these c...

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  • Re: BBC reports drinkers "healthier" than abstainers
    Fernando Rodríguez Artalejo
    Dear Editor

    We thank Mr. Barnett for his interest in our article, even though his comments suggest he has not read it. Following there are some notes on Barnett’s comments:

    We have never received funds from the beverage industry, either for this research or for any of the several studies we have done on the relationship between alcohol and health.

    Contrary to Barnett’s comments, we finished our article a...

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