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Table of Contents: July 2015

The world's largest economic powers have both a responsibility and an interest in reducing diseases that account for the greatest losses in healthy years of life worldwide, according to this month's Editorial, by Peter Hotez, Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Larry Peiperl, Chief Editor of PLOS Medicine.

Examining recent WHO data on years of life lost from non-communicable diseases, which have long been seen as the scourge of wealthy countries, the Editors argue that the distribution of NCDs among economically powerful countries suggests disproportionate burden on the poor living among the wealthy.

This Editorial accompanies another in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases making a similar case regarding parasitic infections, and an update to the PLOS Blue Marble Health Collection.

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Editorial

Noncommunicable Diseases: A Globalization of Disparity?

Peter J. Hotez, Larry Peiperl

Essays

Connecting the Dots: Health Information Technology Expansion and Health Disparities

Courtney Lyles, Dean Schillinger, Urmimala Sarkar

Ebola Virus Disease: Experience and Decision Making for the First Patients outside of Africa

David S. Stephens, Bruce S. Ribner, Bryce D. Gartland, Nancye R. Feistritzer, Monica M. Farley, Christian P. Larsen, John T. Fox

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Searching for Public Health Law’s Sweet Spot: The Regulation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

David M. Studdert, Jordan Flanders, Michelle M. Mello

Guidelines and Guidance

Individual Participant Data (IPD) Meta-analyses of Randomised Controlled Trials: Guidance on Their Use

Jayne F. Tierney, Claire Vale, Richard Riley, Catrin Tudur Smith, Lesley Stewart, Mike Clarke, Maroeska Rovers

Research Articles

HHEX_23 AA Genotype Exacerbates Effect of Diabetes on Dementia and Alzheimer Disease: A Population-Based Longitudinal Study

Wei-Li Xu, Nancy L. Pedersen, Lina Keller, Grégoria Kalpouzos, Hui-Xin Wang, Caroline Graff, Bengt Winblad, Lars Bäckman, Laura Fratiglioni

Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes among Women Practicing Poor Sanitation in Rural India: A Population-Based Prospective Cohort Study

Bijaya K. Padhi, Kelly K. Baker, Ambarish Dutta, Oliver Cumming, Matthew C. Freeman, Radhanatha Satpathy, Bhabani S. Das, Pinaki Panigrahi

Glitazone Treatment and Incidence of Parkinson’s Disease among People with Diabetes: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Ruth Brauer, Krishnan Bhaskaran, Nishi Chaturvedi, David T. Dexter, Liam Smeeth, Ian Douglas

Health, Health Inequality, and Cost Impacts of Annual Increases in Tobacco Tax: Multistate Life Table Modeling in New Zealand

Tony Blakely, Linda J. Cobiac, Christine L. Cleghorn, Amber L. Pearson, Frederieke S. van der Deen, Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Nhung Nghiem, Melissa McLeod, Nick Wilson

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