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Epidemiological Interpretation of a Journal article

I am reading a journal article (similar to one that will be on my final) that deals with air pollution and I am trying to epidemiologically interpret the data and see if it makes sense. I would appreciate some professional opinions on this article. Particularly, how would "you" the professional answer the following questions?

1.) what type of study is it;
Observational- Descriptive or
Analytical (cross-sectional, case control, cohort) or

Experimental- (RCT, Field trial, or community trial).

2.) the strengths and weaknesses of the article.

3.) Did the authors interpret their data correctly or are they extrapolating far too much?

4.) Are the results relevant, and applicable?

5.) Is the paper valid, and reliable?

6.) Is there evidence for a causal relationship?

Basically evaluating the quality of the study using epidemiology techniques. Is there sufficient evidence to warrant a public health intervention?

Thank-you for your help, time and effort

Article Link
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2002/110p67-77wong/wong-full.html

Solution Summary

Epidemiologically interpretation of the data. Professional opinions of article link.

1.) what type of study is it;
Observational- Descriptive or
Analytical (cross-sectional, case control, cohort) or

Experimental- (RCT, Field trial, or community trial).

2.) the strengths and weaknesses of the article.

3.) Did the authors interpret their data correctly or are they extrapolating far too much?

4.) Are the results relevant, and applicable?

5.) Is the paper valid, and reliable?

6.) Is there evidence for a causal relationship?

Evaluate the quality of the study using epidemiology techniques. Is there sufficient evidence to warrant a public health intervention?

Article Link
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2002/110p67-77wong/wong-full.html

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