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Mortality from ischaemic heart disease in textile workers
  1. Bengt Sjögren1,
  2. Jan Weiner2
  1. 1Work Environment Toxicology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2Swedish Work Environment Authority, Stockholm, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bengt Sjögren, Work Environment Toxicology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Box 210, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden; bengt.sjogren{at}

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Zanardi and coworkers report increased proportional mortality ratios of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) among male and female textile workers in England and Wales during the years 1979–1990.1 Most previous studies have observed a decreased mortality of circulatory system diseases among textile workers. In 2004, a meta-analysis of five studies revealed standardised mortality ratio (SMR) of 0.85 for men (95% CI 0.79 to 0.91) and 0.94 for women (95% CI 0.81 to 1.06) when the comparison groups originated from the total population on national or subnational levels.2 However, a study of male textile workers in Rhode Island (USA) observed an increased proportional mortality ratio of IHD (PMR 1.06, 95% CI 1.03 to …

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