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Ambient neighbourhood noise and children’s mental health
  1. M Haines,
  2. S Stansfeld
  1. Department of Psychiatry, Barts and the London Hospital, Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr M Haines, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 201 Sussex Street, GPO Box 2650, Sydney, New South Wales 1171, Australia;

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Readers may be interested to know that there are other recent studies that have provided equivocal evidence concerning the effects of environmental noise on children’s mental health that have not been cited in the article by Lercher et al, published in the June 2002 issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.1 These new results need to be considered in the light of fact there has not been clear research evidence to support or dispute whether noise exposure in linked to mental health problems in children.

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