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Table of Contents: May 2010

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Journals, academics, and pandemics.

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Citing two articles published recently in PLoS Medicine that refer to the H1N1 influenza and SARs epidemics, the Editorial published this month highlights the problem of how to share information most effectively in the wake of a rapidly spreading disease, and questions whether journal publishing is an efficient enough mechanism for information sharing during these periods. The editors discuss the potential of the internet for improving the dissemination of information and whether the flow of information in the face of a crisis is truly enabled by publication in medical journals (even online journals) or whether we need new avenues for rapid data sharing.

The PLoS Medicine Debate

Which New Approaches to Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases Show Promise?

Jerry M. Spiegel, Shafik Dharamsi, Kishor M. Wasan, Annalee Yassi, Burton Singer, Peter J. Hotez, Christy Hanson, Donald A. P. Bundy

Perspectives

Can Foreign Policy Make a Difference to Health?

Sigrun Møgedal, Benedikte Louise Alveberg

Policy Forums

Non-Communicable Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case for Cohort Studies

Michelle D. Holmes, Shona Dalal, Jimmy Volmink, Clement A. Adebamowo, Marina Njelekela, Wafaie W. Fawzi, Walter C. Willett, Hans-Olov Adami

Suicide Prevention for Older Adults in Residential Communities: Implications for Policy and Practice

Carol A. Podgorski, Linda Langford, Jane L. Pearson, Yeates Conwell

Research in Translation

Research Articles

Genetic Markers of Adult Obesity Risk Are Associated with Greater Early Infancy Weight Gain and Growth

Cathy E. Elks, Ruth J. F. Loos, Stephen J. Sharp, Claudia Langenberg, Susan M. Ring, Nicholas J. Timpson, Andrew R. Ness, George Davey Smith, David B. Dunger, Nicholas J. Wareham, Ken K. Ong

A Population-Based Evaluation of a Publicly Funded, School-Based HPV Vaccine Program in British Columbia, Canada: Parental Factors Associated with HPV Vaccine Receipt

Gina Ogilvie, Maureen Anderson, Fawziah Marra, Shelly McNeil, Karen Pielak, Meena Dawar, Marilyn McIvor, Thomas Ehlen, Simon Dobson, Deborah Money, David M. Patrick, Monika Naus

Subtyping of Breast Cancer by Immunohistochemistry to Investigate a Relationship between Subtype and Short and Long Term Survival: A Collaborative Analysis of Data for 10,159 Cases from 12 Studies

Fiona M. Blows, Kristy E. Driver, Marjanka K. Schmidt, Annegien Broeks, Flora E. van Leeuwen, Jelle Wesseling, Maggie C. Cheang, Karen Gelmon, Torsten O. Nielsen, Carl Blomqvist, Päivi Heikkilä, Tuomas Heikkinen, Heli Nevanlinna, Lars A. Akslen, Louis R. Bégin, William D. Foulkes, Fergus J. Couch, Xianshu Wang, Vicky Cafourek, Janet E. Olson, Laura Baglietto, Graham G. Giles, Gianluca Severi, Catriona A. McLean, Melissa C. Southey, Emad Rakha, Andrew R. Green, Ian O. Ellis, Mark E. Sherman, Jolanta Lissowska, William F. Anderson, Angela Cox, Simon S. Cross, Malcolm W. R. Reed, Elena Provenzano, Sarah-Jane Dawson, Alison M. Dunning, Manjeet Humphreys, Douglas F. Easton, Montserrat García-Closas, Carlos Caldas, Paul D. Pharoah, David Huntsman

Early Pandemic Influenza (2009 H1N1) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: A Clinical Virological and Epidemiological Analysis

Tran Tinh Hien, Maciej F. Boni, Juliet E. Bryant, Tran Thuy Ngan, Marcel Wolbers, Tran Dang Nguyen, Nguyen Thanh Truong, Nguyen Thi Dung, Do Quang Ha, Vo Minh Hien, Tran Tan Thanh, Le Nguyen Truc Nhu, Le Thi Tam Uyen, Pham Thi Nhien, Nguyen Tran Chinh, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Jeremy Farrar, H. Rogier van Doorn

The Malawi Developmental Assessment Tool (MDAT): The Creation, Validation, and Reliability of a Tool to Assess Child Development in Rural African Settings

Melissa Gladstone, Gillian A. Lancaster, Eric Umar, Maggie Nyirenda, Edith Kayira, Nynke R. van den Broek, Rosalind L. Smyth

Markers of Dysglycaemia and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in People without Diabetes: Reykjavik Prospective Study and Systematic Review

Nadeem Sarwar, Thor Aspelund, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Reeta Gobin, Sreenivasa Rao Kondapally Seshasai, Nita G. Forouhi, Gunnar Sigurdsson, John Danesh, Vilmundur Gudnason

The Impact of Phenotypic and Genotypic G6PD Deficiency on Risk of Plasmodium vivax Infection: A Case-Control Study amongst Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

Toby Leslie, Marnie Briceño, Ismail Mayan, Nasir Mohammed, Eveline Klinkenberg, Carol Hopkins Sibley, Christopher J. M. Whitty, Mark Rowland