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280 e-Letters

  • Re:What exactly is a vegetable?
    Oyinlola Oyebode

    Dear Prof. Bland,

    Please see our supplementary material where you can see the questions that were asked during the interview. You will note that survey participants were explicitly advised not to include potatoes when considering their answers.

    http://jech.bmj.com/content/suppl/2014/03/04/jech-2013- 203500.DC1/jech-2013-203500supp1.pdf

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  • Air pollution and respiratory symptoms in children
    Tomoyuki Kawada

    Molter et al. reported the effects of long-term exposure to particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <10 micrometer (PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on the prevalence of asthma and wheeze within a population-based birth cohort (1). They concluded that no significant association between long-term exposure to PM10 and NO2 and the prevalence of either asthma or wheeze was found. In contrast, the same authors report...

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  • What exactly is a vegetable?
    John M Bland

    I may have missed it, but Oyebode et al. do not seem to say exactly what they mean by a vegetable or what the exact question was. This is important, because they do refer to a UK Department of Health website, which states that potatoes, yams, plantain, and casava should not be included the 5-a-day count, but sweetcorn should. I thought that sweetcorn was a grain and so would not count it as a vegetable, though I may b...

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  • Extreme temperatures and paediatric emergency
    Viroj Wiwanitkit

    Sir, the recent report on "extreme temperatures and paediatric emergency" is very interesting [1]. Xu et al. concluded that "children are at particular risk of a variety of diseases which might be triggered by extremely high temperatures [1]."Xu et al. also mentioned for the effect of climate change. In fact, Xu et al. reported a highly similar publication in Occup Environ Med and also noted for the effect of climate chan...

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  • 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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