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This week in PLoS Medicine: Sand playground surfaces reduce risk of arm fractures; Influenza in Africa should not be ignored; Cardiovascular and suicide risk raised after prostate cancer diagnosis; The global spread of Hepatitis C Virus 1a and 1b; Addressing emerging zoonoses

Read the new papers published in PLoS Medicine this week, including three Research Articles – the first finds that men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer have an increased risk of cardiovascular events and suicide, the second shows that school playgrounds fitted with granite sand surfacing significantly reduce the risk of children fracturing arms in comparison with wood fiber surfaces, and the third finds that the global spread of Hepatitis C Virus coincided with the widespread use of transfused blood and the expansion of intravenous drug use.

Also published this week, an Essay that argues the lack of adequate surveillance means the burden of influenza in Africa is incorrectly believed to be negligible, and a Health in Action piece that describes the work of the Tanzania-based HALI Project, which adopts the “One Health” approach to address emerging zoonoses, recognizing the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health.

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