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January 2008

A study in this month's issue aims to quantify the combined impact of four key healthy behaviors on mortality in men and women in the United Kingdom: not smoking; not being physically inactive; drinking alcohol moderately; and, as represented by our image, having a blood vitamin C level consistent with a fruit and vegetable intake of five servings a day (Khaw, et al. e12). The estimated impact of 14 additional years of life as a result of these behaviors suggests that modest and achievable lifestyle changes can have a marked effect on the health of populations. However, as this month's editorial discusses with reference to previous PLoS Medicine papers on urban safety and physical activity in the United States (Bennett, et al. e306) and food insecurity and high-risk sexual behaviour in Botswana (Weiser, et al. e260), individuals in isolation often cannot make the lifestyle changes they want, and a set of complex processes govern the translation of research into public health outcomes.

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The PLoS Medicine Debate

In the Era of Systematic Reviews, Does the Size of an Individual Trial Still Matter?

Gordon H Guyatt, Edward J Mills, Diana Elbourne

Neglected Diseases

Plague: Past, Present, and Future

Nils Chr Stenseth, Bakyt B Atshabar, Mike Begon, Steven R Belmain, Eric Bertherat, Elisabeth Carniel, Kenneth L Gage, Herwig Leirs, Lila Rahalison

Student Forum

Research Articles

CONSORT for Reporting Randomized Controlled Trials in Journal and Conference Abstracts: Explanation and Elaboration

Sally Hopewell, Mike Clarke, David Moher, Elizabeth Wager, Philippa Middleton, Douglas G Altman, Kenneth F Schulz, and the CONSORT Group

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