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OBJECTIVES From August 1st to 20th, 2003, the mean maximum temperature in France exceeded the seasonal norm by 11-12 degrees C on nine consecutive days. A major increase in mortality was then observed, which main epidemiological features are described herein. METHODS The number of deaths observed from August to November 2003 in France was compared to(More)
AIMS Little is known regarding temporal trends in mortality attributed to heart failure (HF) from a population perspective. The aim of this study was to assess the mortality related to HF as an underlying cause during the last 20 years in seven European countries. METHODS AND RESULTS The number of deaths with HF as the underlying cause was collected in(More)
We compared trends of Systemic Sclerosis (SS) mortality in France and the USA over the period 1980–1998 and used an Age-Period-Cohort (APC) model to adjust on the age at death of SS patients. All deaths coded with SS as an underlying primary or secondary cause in the national French and US mortality databases from 1980 to 1998 were included in the analysis.(More)
BACKGROUND Monitoring the time course of mortality by cause is a key public health issue. However, several mortality data production changes may affect cause-specific time trends, thus altering the interpretation. This paper proposes a statistical method that detects abrupt changes ("jumps") and estimates correction factors that may be used for further(More)
BACKGROUND Little representative information exists on the frequency of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related diseases among the overall AIDS population. The objective of this research is to assess the nature, frequency and characteristics of these diseases among AIDS patients during their last year of life and to analyse these frequencies according to(More)
Prevention of suicide is a public health priority in France. Indicators of suicide mortality have been widely used to describe epidemiological situations or to evaluate public health actions. It is therefore essential to examine the quality of suicide mortality data. The purpose of this work was to identify potential biases affecting the quality of such(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to identify the major heat waves (HW) that occurred in France from 1971 to 2003 and describe their impact on all-cause and cause-specific mortality. METHODS Heat waves were defined as periods of at least three consecutive days when the maximum and the minimum temperature, averaged over the whole France, were(More)
BACKGROUND Cause-of-death statistics are widely used for comparing health characteristics of European Community (EC) countries. Before attempting to interpret between-country differences, it is essential to assess the biases affecting the comparability of the data. EUROSTAT decided to address globally this problem with the objective to improve the quality(More)
Causes of death of 625 subjects who died during the 4-year follow-up of a large population-based elderly cohort (Three-City study) were independently classified by the study adjudication committee and the national mortality register. The former used all available data about the cause of death (hospital records, medical data obtained from family physicians(More)