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August 2015

In this month's Editorial, the PLOS Medicine Editors elaborate on the global benefits of, and practical challenges to, open access, point-of-care medical resources. Calling on communities of clinical experts to maintain such information at the high level of quality that patient care demands, the Editors "encourage those who feel inspired by the potential scope and benefits of such a project to join forces in building it."

The Editorial accompanies a new Essay by James Heilman, an Emergency Department physician at the University of British Columbia and a leading editor of medical content on Wikipedia. Heilman argues that with engagement of donors, crowdsourcing and technology, the medical publishing community could create an open-access, point-of-care resource of use to a broad professional audience.

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Point-of-Care Information in Open Access: A Time to Sow?

The PLOS Medicine Editors

Research Articles

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Katerina A. Christopoulos, Susan Olender, Andrea M. Lopez, Helen-Maria Lekas, Jessica Jaiswal, Will Mellman, Elvin Geng, Kimberly A. Koester

The Cost-Effectiveness of Low-Cost Essential Antihypertensive Medicines for Hypertension Control in China: A Modelling Study

Dongfeng Gu, Jiang He, Pamela G. Coxson, Petra W. Rasmussen, Chen Huang, Anusorn Thanataveerat, Keane Y. Tzong, Juyang Xiong, Miao Wang, Dong Zhao, Lee Goldman, Andrew E. Moran

Assessing the Causal Relationship of Maternal Height on Birth Size and Gestational Age at Birth: A Mendelian Randomization Analysis

Ge Zhang, Jonas Bacelis, Candice Lengyel, Kari Teramo, Mikko Hallman, Øyvind Helgeland, Stefan Johansson, Ronny Myhre, Verena Sengpiel, Pål Rasmus Njølstad, Bo Jacobsson, Louis Muglia

Vitamin D and Risk of Multiple Sclerosis: A Mendelian Randomization Study

Lauren E. Mokry, Stephanie Ross, Omar S. Ahmad, Vincenzo Forgetta, George Davey Smith, Aaron Leong, Celia M. T. Greenwood, George Thanassoulis, J. Brent Richards

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