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Recent respiratory infection and the risk of myocardial infarction

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  • Role of the funding source: The Medical Research Council, who funded the study, had no role in the study design, in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data, in the writing of the report, or in the decision to submit the paper for publication.

  • Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare no conflict of interest with respect to this case-control study. However, Professor Tom Meade is a member of the IMS Health Independent Scientific Ethics Advisory Committee and receives payment for his work in this capacity.

  • Ethical approval: The study was approved by the Local Research Ethics Committees of the two hospitals (Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, and the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford).