This Week in PLoS Medicine: Shanghai lifestyle & health; Who’s writing medical journalism; Urban advantage & maternal health

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This week saw three new articles published in PLoS Medicine on complex issues ranging from personal choices on health to the perception of “urban advantage” in public health.

New findings from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study confirm earlier studies on primarily Western-based cohorts that a healthy lifestyle is associated with lowered mortality among women.

David Henry and colleagues review Australian news stories over a five-year period to assess whether quality is associated with who wrote the story: a specialist health journalist or a non-specialist.

Amos Channon and colleagues outline the complexities of urban advantage in maternal health where the urban poor often have worse access to health care than women in rural areas.

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