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RE: epidemiology of chronic kidney disease of undetermined aetiology in Taiwanese farmers
  1. Tomoyuki Kawada
  1. Hygiene and Public Health, Nippon Medical School, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tomoyuki Kawada, Hygiene and Public Health, Nippon Medical School, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 1138602, Japan; kawada{at}nms.ac.jp

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Chang and Yang investigated the possible risk factors of chronic kidney disease of undetermined aetiology (CKDu) in Taiwanese farmers with special reference to heat stress.1 The age-adjusted and sex-adjusted prevalence OR (95% CI) of farmers versus non-farmers for CKDu was 1.45 (1.10 to 1.90), and prevalence of dehydration in farmers was higher than that in non-farmers. They made an emphasis on thermal hazards for CKDu in farmers, and I present my queries about the study.

First, there is no difference in …

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