Steven Stellman - Proportional mortality ratios among Korean immigrants to New York City, 1986-1990

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      Stellman, S. D. 37 (1) 31-7-

      Abstract: BACKGROUND: About 13,000 people   immigrated to New York City from the Republic of Korea between   1986 and 1990, creating an important ethnic minority. METHODS:   Using US-born Whites as a reference, age-adjusted proportional   mortality ratios were computed for 314 men and 248 women of   Korean ancestry born abroad who died in New York City in 1986-90.   RESULTS: Males had a significant excess of viral hepatitis,   cancer, stroke, and external causes: accidents, suicide, and   homicide. They had significantly reduced proportional rates of   AIDS and heart disease. Mortality patterns were similar for   Korean women, who had significantly increased proportional rates   of stroke and accidents, and reduced heart disease. Stomach and   liver cancers were significantly elevated in both sexes, while   female breast cancer was low. There were two male and one female   tuberculosis deaths (4 to 7 fold increase), and one Korean woman   died of childbirth complications (59-fold increase). CONCLUSIONS:   Except for violent deaths, these observations resemble known   mortality patterns in Korea.

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