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Suicide mortality among electricians
  1. E van Wijngaarden1
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435, USA;

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    Järvholm and Stenberg1 evaluated suicide mortality rates among electricians (“exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMFs)”) and glass and wood workers (“unexposed to EMFs”) in the Swedish construction industry. Standard mortality rates were lower for the two job groups compared to the Swedish general population. This is likely to be due to the healthy worker effect. The internal cohort analysis showed that electricians had a lower suicide mortality rate than glass and wood workers.

    As the authors rightfully point out, these results should not be seen as evidence against the association between exposure to EMFs and suicide, in particular because no quantitative estimates of exposure were obtained to directly evaluate this association. …

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