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Relationship between exposure to air pollutants and development of systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases: a nationwide population-based case–control study

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  • Handling editor Josef S Smolen

  • Contributors K-TT designed and conceived the study, conducted data analysis, and drafted and revised the manuscript. B-JT and K-CK conducted data analysis. Y-HC, C-HL and D-YC generated the original hypothesis, acquired database, conducted data analysis and drafted and revised the manuscript.

  • Funding This study was supported in part by grants from Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (TCVGH-NHRI10703, TCVGH-1077310C, TCVGH-1077325D, TCVGH-107G211, TCVGH-YM1070203).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.