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Letters Aircraft noise and health

Authors’ reply to Corbin, Moore, and Coebergh

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6795
  1. Anna L Hansell, assistant director and honorary consultant12,
  2. John Gulliver, lecturer in environmental science1,
  3. Sean Beevers, senior lecturer in air quality modelling3,
  4. Paul Elliott, director1
  1. 1UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit, MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London W2 1PG, UK
  2. 2Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Environmental Research Group, MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, King’s College London, UK
  1. p.elliott{at}

In our recent paper on aircraft noise and cardiovascular disease near Heathrow airport we concluded, “As well as the possibility of causal associations, alternative explanations such as residual confounding . . . should be considered.”1 Responses to our paper put forward possible candidates.2 3 4

Corbin suggests that ultrafine particulate air pollution (PM0.1) from aircraft could be a possible explanation for our findings.2 Although increased concentrations of such particles have been found …

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