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April 2013


In their monthly editorial, the PLOS Medicine Editors reflect on the critical need for access to high quality health information for both citizens and health workers across the globe. In low- and middle-income countries, such information is often not available where it is needed, or the information is not usable because it is in the wrong language or because it does not match the context or level of education of the health care provider.

In a recently published white paper, Neil Pakenham-Walsh and Molly Land argue that, because access to health information is a key determinant to the human right to the highest attainable standard of health, governments have a legal responsibility under international human rights law to provide access to health care information to citizens and health workers. The PLOS Medicine Editors reflect on the potential for initiatives, such as HIFA-Watch (, run by Health Information for All by 2015 (HIFA2015), to evoke change by highlighting both positive and negative examples of practice by governments.

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Untreated Pain, Narcotics Regulation, and Global Health Ideologies

Nicholas B. King, Veronique Fraser

Guidelines and Guidance

PRISMA for Abstracts: Reporting Systematic Reviews in Journal and Conference Abstracts

Elaine M. Beller, Paul P. Glasziou, Douglas G. Altman, Sally Hopewell, Hilda Bastian, Iain Chalmers, Peter C. Gøtzsche, Toby Lasserson, David Tovey, for the PRISMA for Abstracts Group

Research Articles

Intimate Partner Femicide in South Africa in 1999 and 2009

Naeemah Abrahams, Shanaaz Mathews, Lorna J. Martin, Carl Lombard, Rachel Jewkes

Supervised and Unsupervised Self-Testing for HIV in High- and Low-Risk Populations: A Systematic Review

Nitika Pant Pai, Jigyasa Sharma, Sushmita Shivkumar, Sabrina Pillay, Caroline Vadnais, Lawrence Joseph, Keertan Dheda, Rosanna W. Peeling

Life Expectancies of South African Adults Starting Antiretroviral Treatment: Collaborative Analysis of Cohort Studies

Leigh F. Johnson, Joel Mossong, Rob E. Dorrington, Michael Schomaker, Christopher J. Hoffmann, Olivia Keiser, Matthew P. Fox, Robin Wood, Hans Prozesky, Janet Giddy, Daniela Belen Garone, Morna Cornell, Matthias Egger, Andrew Boulle, for the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS Southern Africa (IeDEA-SA) Collaboration

Preeclampsia as a Risk Factor for Diabetes: A Population-Based Cohort Study

Denice S. Feig, Baiju R. Shah, Lorraine L. Lipscombe, C. Fangyun Wu, Joel G. Ray, Julia Lowe, Jeremiah Hwee, Gillian L. Booth

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Prophylactic Perioperative Sodium Bicarbonate to Prevent Acute Kidney Injury Following Open Heart Surgery: A Multicenter Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial

Michael Haase, Anja Haase-Fielitz, Michael Plass, Hermann Kuppe, Roland Hetzer, Claire Hannon, Patrick T. Murray, Michael J. Bailey, Rinaldo Bellomo, Sean M. Bagshaw

Fine Particulate Air Pollution and the Progression of Carotid Intima-Medial Thickness: A Prospective Cohort Study from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution

Sara D. Adar, Lianne Sheppard, Sverre Vedal, Joseph F. Polak, Paul D. Sampson, Ana V. Diez Roux, Matthew Budoff, David R. Jacobs Jr, R. Graham Barr, Karol Watson, Joel D. Kaufman

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Cinacalcet in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Cumulative Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Suetonia C. Palmer, Ionut Nistor, Jonathan C. Craig, Fabio Pellegrini, Piergiorgio Messa, Marcello Tonelli, Adrian Covic, Giovanni F. M. Strippoli