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This Week in PLoS Medicine: Burden of pneumococcal disease; Field guide for human research ethics; Reflections on H1N1 response

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This week saw three new articles published in PLoS Medicine, along with some interesting supporting information.

Hope Johnson and colleagues calculate the global and regional burden of serotype-specific pneumococcal disease in children under the age of five.

Maria Merritt and colleagues report on a Field Training Guide for Human Subjects Research Ethics that they have developed to help train field workers in ethics for research. The field guide is also translated into French, Thai, and Mandarin.

Gabriel Leung and Angus Nicoll provide their reflections on the international response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, including what went well and what changes need to be made in anticipation of future flu pandemics.

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