February 1, 2012
PLoS Medicine Editors Highlight Mismatch Between Global Burden Of Ill-Health And Published Research
Comprehensive work studying the burden of ill-health and death resulting from specific conditions, injuries, and risk factors–the Global Burden of Disease project–has shown that the burden of ill-health around the world is highly inequitable. In this week's PLoS Medicine, the editors review progress towards the journal's goal of reflecting and addressing this inequity. By prioritizing studies in areas that contribute most substantially to the global burden of ill-health and premature mortality, PLoS Medicine, as an open-access journal, can specifically ensure that this important research is disseminated and reused widely.
The editors highlight specific topics that the journal aims to prioritize in 2012, including respiratory conditions, stomach, colorectal, liver, and lung cancers, vision and hearing disorders, and injuries. Additionally, the editors seek to encourage research studies focusing on some relatively understudied risk factors for ill-health including unmet contraception needs, unsafe sex, childhood sexual abuse, and illicit drug use.
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