Table of Contents: November 2012

Since November 2011, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), an initiative based at the Harvard School of Public Health, has collaborated with PLOS to create a freely available, open access collection of outstanding research and commentary on maternal health: the MHTF–PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. This 3-year partnership reflects a shared overarching goal: to improve women's and children's health by ensuring that more people have greater access to more comprehensive maternal health data, programmatic experiences, and lessons learned, and to be informed about critical areas of debate and growing consensus. The theme of the Year 1 Collection (2011-12) was “quality of maternal health care,” and 19 articles were published. This month the PLOS Medicine editors and the MHTF announced the theme of the current Year 2 Collection (2012-13): “maternal health is women's health” with a Call for Papers. Regular updates will be provided at the Collection's home page:

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Maternal Health Is Women's Health: A Call for Papers for Year 2 of the Maternal Health Task Force–PLOS Collection

Samantha R. Lattof, Mary Nell Wegner, Ana Langer, the PLOS Medicine Editors

The PLoS Medicine Debates

Policy Forums

New Signal Functions to Measure the Ability of Health Facilities to Provide Routine and Emergency Newborn Care

Sabine Gabrysch, Giulia Civitelli, Karen M. Edmond, Matthews Mathai, Moazzam Ali, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Oona M. R. Campbell

Chinese-Style Decentralization and Health System Reform

David Hipgrave, Sufang Guo, Yan Mu, Yan Guo, Fei Yan, Robert Scherpbier, Hana Brixi

Guidelines and Guidance

The Ottawa Statement on the Ethical Design and Conduct of Cluster Randomized Trials

Charles Weijer, Jeremy M. Grimshaw, Martin P. Eccles, Andrew D. McRae, Angela White, Jamie C. Brehaut, Monica Taljaard, Ottawa Ethics of Cluster Randomized Trials Consensus Group

Research Articles

Screening and Rapid Molecular Diagnosis of Tuberculosis in Prisons in Russia and Eastern Europe: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Daniel E. Winetsky, Diana M. Negoescu, Emilia H. DeMarchis, Olga Almukhamedova, Aizhan Dooronbekova, Dilshod Pulatov, Natalia Vezhnina, Douglas K. Owens, Jeremy D. Goldhaber-Fiebert

G6PD Deficiency Prevalence and Estimates of Affected Populations in Malaria Endemic Countries: A Geostatistical Model-Based Map

Rosalind E. Howes, Frédéric B. Piel, Anand P. Patil, Oscar A. Nyangiri, Peter W. Gething, Mewahyu Dewi, Mariana M. Hogg, Katherine E. Battle, Carmencita D. Padilla, J. Kevin Baird, Simon I. Hay

Liver Dysfunction and Phosphatidylinositol-3-Kinase Signalling in Early Sepsis: Experimental Studies in Rodent Models of Peritonitis

Peter Recknagel, Falk A. Gonnert, Martin Westermann, Sandro Lambeck, Amelie Lupp, Alain Rudiger, Alex Dyson, Jane E. Carré, Andreas Kortgen, Christoph Krafft, Jürgen Popp, Christoph Sponholz, Valentin Fuhrmann, Ingrid Hilger, Ralf A. Claus, Niels C. Riedemann, Reinhard Wetzker, Mervyn Singer, Michael Trauner, Michael Bauer

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The Long-Term Health Consequences of Child Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, and Neglect: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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Leisure Time Physical Activity of Moderate to Vigorous Intensity and Mortality: A Large Pooled Cohort Analysis

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