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This Week in PLoS Medicine: HAART and HIV in DR Congo; blood pressure in the UK; the health risks to migrants of ‘interception strategies’

Two Research Articles, a Policy Forum, and the fifth installment of our Migration and Health series were published in this week’s PLoS Medicine.

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An observational study by Andrew Edmonds and colleagues reports that treatment with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) markedly improves the survival of HIV-infected children in Kinshasa, DRC, a resource-poor setting. Andrew Wills and colleagues analyze eight population-based and occupational cohorts from the UK, revealing the patterns of change in blood pressure through the life course of these populations.

A quick, easy, valid, and precise method of estimating HIV incidence in populations is needed, say Timothy Hallett and colleagues in a Policy Forum. And in the fifth article in our Migration and Health series Zachary Steel and colleagues discuss the health risks associated with “interception strategies” that are used by governments to control and order international migration, especially in terms of halting the movement of irregular migrants, including asylum seekers.

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