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This Week in PLoS Medicine: Global Mental Health Practice; Consequences of human trafficking; REMARK

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In a large publishing week for PLoS Medicine, the monthly Editorial announces a new series of papers, along with two of the first articles in the series. Two more papers discuss major finds in human trafficking and an expansion for a checklist for tumor markers:

The PLoS Medicine editors announce the launch of a new series on Global Mental Health Practice, and issue a call for papers.

As one article in a series on Global Mental Health Practice, Simone Honikman and colleagues from South Africa provide a case study of the Perinatal Mental Health Project, which delivered mental health care to pregnant women in a collaborative, step-wise manner, making use of existing resources in primary care.

As another article in a series on Global Mental Health Practice, Peter Ventevogel and colleagues provide a case study of their efforts to integrate brief, practice-oriented mental health training into the Afghanistan health care system at a time when the system was being rebuilt from scratch.

Siân Oram and colleagues conducted a systematic review of the health consequences of human trafficking and find some evidence suggesting a high prevalence of violence and mental distress among women and girls trafficked for sexual exploitation.

The REMARK “elaboration and explanation” guideline, by Doug Altman and colleagues, provides a detailed reference for authors on important issues to consider when designing, conducting, and analyzing tumor marker prognostic studies.

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