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This Week in PLoS Medicine: Verbal autopsy assessment; Bed-netting malaria prevention; Hidden costs of misconduct

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Three new articles published in PLoS Medicine this week deal with policy and practice in a variety of medical questions.

Peter Byass and colleagues compare two methods of assessing data from verbal autopsies, review by physicians or probabilistic modeling, and show that probabilistic modeling is the most efficient means of analyzing these data

Stephen Lim and colleagues use several sources of data to estimate the changes in distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets across Africa between 2000 and 2008, and to analyze the link between development assistance and net coverage.

Arthur Michalek and colleagues explore the consequences of scientific misconduct and, using a single case as an illustration, estimate that direct costs can approach US$525,000, although total costs are likely to be higher.

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