This Week in PLoS Medicine: Cigarette additives; Sex-specific STI immunization; Incidence of malaria & more

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Five new articles published this week in PLoS Medicine in a large publishing week ranging from toxins in cigarettes to human resource development.

Stanton Glantz and colleagues analyzed previously secret tobacco industry documents and peer-reviewed published results of Philip Morris’ Project MIX about research on cigarette additives, and show that this research on the use of cigarette additives cannot be taken at face value.

Johannes Bogaards and colleagues use mathematical models to investigate whether vaccinating females only, males only, or both sexes is the best way to achieve the most effective reduction in the population prevalence of sexually-transmitted infections.

To learn more about the research of Richard Cibulskis and colleagues on worldwide incidence of malaria, see our previous Media Release blog post.

Ivo Mueller, Laurence Slutsker, and Marcel Tanner highlight the importance of using complementary methods to estimate the burden of malaria and call for a renewed focus on efficient malaria surveillance.

Noriko Fujita and colleagues offer a comprehensive framework for human resource system development, based upon experiences in three fragile and post-conflict health systems: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cambodia.

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