Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Bagpipes kill

Bagpipes .. or maybe haggis! Pity the unfortunate wee bairns exposed to their deadly influence.

The mind runs riot speculating on the cause of the phenomenon discussed in an article "The Scottish excess in mortality compared to the English and Welsh: Is it a country of residence or country of birth excess?" appearing 23 March 2010 as an accepted manuscript in the journal Health & Place.

The abstract reads:

"Scotland has a higher mortality rate than England and Wales that is only partially explained by differences in socio-economic deprivation. Within Scotland those born in England and Wales have a lower mortality rate than the Scottish born. Within England and Wales, Scottish born immigrants have a higher mortality rate than those born in England and Wales. These results raise the question of whether the greater Scottish mortality is a country of birth rather than a country of residence excess. Our analysis, around the 2001 census, suggests that country of birth is more important than country of residence, indicating that early life factors may be important for the Scottish excess."

Find the title and abstract and access the article ($) at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.03.007

1 comment:

Brenda said...

"Bagpipes kill" ...? A low blow to your Celtic connections. Maybe the Scots are dying for lack of freedom :-)