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Table of Contents: June 2009

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At the March 2009 United Nations meetings coinciding with the World Water Forum, a declaration that would recognize water as a basic human right was defeated. In this month's Editorial, the PLoS Medicine Editors argue that access to clean water should be declared a basic human right for three reasons. First, access to clean water can substantially reduce the global burden of disease caused by water-borne infections. Second, the privatization of water—as witnessed in Bolivia, Ghana, and other countries—has not effectively served the poor, who suffer the most from lack of access to clean water. Third, the prospect of global water scarcity—exacerbated by climate change, industrial pollution, and population growth—means that no country is immune to a water crisis.

Editorial

The PLoS Medicine Debates

What Is the Optimal Therapy for Patients with H5N1 Influenza?

Nicholas J. White, Robert G. Webster, Elena A. Govorkova, Timothy M. Uyeki

In Global Health Research, Is It Legitimate To Stop Clinical Trials Early on Account of Their Opportunity Costs?

James V. Lavery, Peter A. Singer, Renee Ridzon, Jerome A. Singh, Arthur S. Slutsky, Joseph J. Anisko, David Buchanan

Essays

Will the Public's Health Fall Victim to the Home Foreclosure Epidemic?

Gary G. Bennett, Melissa Scharoun-Lee, Reginald Tucker-Seeley

Seasonal Hunger: A Neglected Problem with Proven Solutions

Bapu Vaitla, Stephen Devereux, Samuel Hauenstein Swan

Perspectives

What Are the Prospects for Controlling Hepatitis C?

Paul Klenerman, Vicki Fleming, Ellie Barnes

Research Articles

Tracking Official Development Assistance for Reproductive Health in Conflict-Affected Countries

Preeti Patel, Bayard Roberts, Samantha Guy, Louise Lee-Jones, Lesong Conteh

Significant Reduction of Antibiotic Use in the Community after a Nationwide Campaign in France, 2002–2007

Elifsu Sabuncu, Julie David, Claire Bernède-Bauduin, Sophie Pépin, Michel Leroy, Pierre-Yves Boëlle, Laurence Watier, Didier Guillemot

Are Markers of Inflammation More Strongly Associated with Risk for Fatal Than for Nonfatal Vascular Events?

Naveed Sattar, Heather M. Murray, Paul Welsh, Gerard J. Blauw, Brendan M. Buckley, Stuart Cobbe, Anton J. M. de Craen, Gordon D. Lowe, J. Wouter Jukema, Peter W. Macfarlane, Michael B. Murphy, David J. Stott, Rudi G. J. Westendorp, James Shepherd, Ian Ford, Chris J. Packard , for the Prospective Study of Pravastatin in the Elderly at Risk (PROSPER) Study Group

Pralidoxime in Acute Organophosphorus Insecticide Poisoning—A Randomised Controlled Trial

Michael Eddleston, Peter Eyer, Franz Worek, Edmund Juszczak, Nicola Alder, Fahim Mohamed, Lalith Senarathna, Ariyasena Hittarage, Shifa Azher, K. Jeganathan, Shaluka Jayamanne, Ludwig von Meyer, Andrew H. Dawson, Mohamed Hussain Rezvi Sheriff, Nick A. Buckley