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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2013, Article ID 753719, 20 pages
Review Article

Environment and Health in Contaminated Sites: The Case of Taranto, Italy

1Department of Biology and Biotechnologies Charles Darwin, Sapienza Rome University, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
2Department of Environment and Primary Prevention, National Health Institute, Viale Regina Elena 299, 00161 Rome, Italy
3Unit of Statistics of the National Health Institute, National Center for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion, Viale Regina Elena 299, 00161 Rome, Italy
4Taranto Local Health Unit, Epidemiological and Statistical Unit, Viale Virgilio 31, 74121 Taranto, Italy
5Department of Epidemiology, Lazio Regional Health Service, Via di Santa Costanza 53, 00198 Rome, Italy
6Biostatistics Unit, ISPO Cancer Research and Prevention Institute, Via Cosimo il Vecchio 2, 50139 Florence, Italy
7Annibale Biggeri Department of Statistics “G. Parenti”, University of Florence, Viale Morgagni 59, 50134 Firenze, Italy

Received 29 March 2013; Revised 29 August 2013; Accepted 2 September 2013

Academic Editor: Marco Martuzzi

Copyright © 2013 Roberta Pirastu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Supplementary Material

Table S1: The International Classification of Disease (ICD) is revised approximately every 10 years. In Italy deaths have been coded according ICD-9 until 2002, since 2003, ICD-10 has been adopted. Because ICD-10 differs from ICD-9 in several respects comparability studies (also called bridge-coding) measure the effects of a new revision of the ICD on the comparability with the previous revision of mortality statistics by cause of death. The key element of a comparability study is the “comparability ratio”, which is derived from the dual classification. Table S1 displays the comparability results for some causes investigated in the time trend analysis.

Tables S2-S4 display number of deaths and standardized (Italian Census 2001) rates per 100.000 for selected causes of death in NPCS of Taranto, in Apulia Region and in Italy. 1980-2008 (2004-2005 data not available); all ages; men, women, infants . Time trends for these date are displayed in Figures 1-17.

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