Mostly I like to stick to papers which present original data, but let's not be too rigid: this is entertainingly provocative. You do need to read it carefully, including right to the end where the authors declare their interests!
Wood stoves, as you will know if you've ever owned one, put out a terrific heat. When we lived in a barn conversion with an enormous sitting room, the stove did a better job than several 3-kilowatt fan heaters.
But we lived on a windy hillside and it turns out that if you live in an enclosed river valley, then life is not so simple, especially if all of your neighbours are equally keen on wood burning stove. Here is an excellent study of air pollution in Launceston, Tasmania.
Worth a careful read, and I'm not sure I can add anything to the write-up.
How to decide what health problems are important? Traditionally we rank death, disability and distress.
There are two main ways to rank disability - health state or disease comparison. The EQ5D is based on health state; it many economic analyses. Respondents are asked to give a score to health states such as
in moderate pain; severely depressed; no problems with mobility, self care or usual activities;
some mobility problems; no pain, no anxiety or depression; no problem with self care or usual activities;
Note that no particular disease is mentioned.
The other method takes a particular disease - schizophrenia, or epilepsy, or blindness. Such is the method used by the Global Burden of Disease project, which recently published an update. I'm suprised that schizophrenia came out worse than having both legs amputated, or severe heart failure. It's worth reading the appendix which sets out the wording used to describe each condition to the respondents.