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January 2015

In this month's guest editorial, Michelle Mello and colleagues argue that institutions in the United States should facilitate health care professionals' service in Ebola-affected regions, not discourage it.

The authors highlight that while some academic medical centers in the US have invoked their usual policy of supporting overseas work with services such as emergency travel assistance, others have strongly cautioned against serving or have specified that staff who serve in Ebola-affected regions do so in their personal capacity.

The authors argue that academic medical centers should actively promote health care professionals' service by enabling them to go as employees and preserving the full net of support and protection this status confers in the US, including travel insurance, worker's compensation coverage, and pay.

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Editorial

Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola

Michelle M. Mello, Maria W. Merritt, Scott D. Halpern

Essay

Randomized Controlled Trials in Environmental Health Research: Unethical or Underutilized?

Ryan W. Allen, Prabjit K. Barn, Bruce P. Lanphear

Research Articles

Evaluation of a Minimally Invasive Cell Sampling Device Coupled with Assessment of Trefoil Factor 3 Expression for Diagnosing Barrett's Esophagus: A Multi-Center Case–Control Study

Caryn S. Ross-Innes, Irene Debiram-Beecham, Maria O'Donovan, Elaine Walker, Sibu Varghese, Pierre Lao-Sirieix, Laurence Lovat, Michael Griffin, Krish Ragunath, Rehan Haidry, Sarmed S. Sami, Philip Kaye, Marco Novelli, Babett Disep, Richard Ostler, Benoit Aigret, Bernard V. North, Pradeep Bhandari, Adam Haycock, Danielle Morris, Stephen Attwood, Anjan Dhar, Colin Rees, Matthew D. D. Rutter, Peter D. Sasieni, Rebecca C. Fitzgerald, on behalf of the BEST2 Study Group

Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of HIV Acquisition: An Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis

Charles S. Morrison, Pai-Lien Chen, Cynthia Kwok, Jared M. Baeten, Joelle Brown, Angela M. Crook, Lut Van Damme, Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, Suzanna C. Francis, Barbara A. Friedland, Richard J. Hayes, Renee Heffron, Saidi Kapiga, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Stephanie Karpoff, Rupert Kaul, R. Scott McClelland, Sheena McCormack, Nuala McGrath, Landon Myer, Helen Rees, Ariane van der Straten, Deborah Watson-Jones, Janneke H. H. M. van de Wijgert, Randy Stalter, Nicola Low

Uptake and Population-Level Impact of Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) on Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae: The Washington State Community-Level Randomized Trial of EPT

Matthew R. Golden, Roxanne P. Kerani, Mark Stenger, James P. Hughes, Mark Aubin, Cheryl Malinski, King K. Holmes

Association between Respiratory Syncytial Virus Activity and Pneumococcal Disease in Infants: A Time Series Analysis of US Hospitalization Data

Daniel M. Weinberger, Keith P. Klugman, Claudia A. Steiner, Lone Simonsen, Cécile Viboud