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This Week in PLOS Medicine: Digital humanitarianism; Medical devices; Clostridium difficile; & more

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This week in PLOS Medicine six new articles published, starting with our monthly editorial:

The PLoS Medicine editors discuss the concept of Digital Humanitarianism and the possibilities it affords for facilitating information in crises and the delivery of relief and development aid.

Daniel Kramer and colleagues conduct a systematic review to examine the strengths and weaknesses associated with approaches to medical device regulation in the US and EU.

Sanket Dhruva and Rita Redberg comment on a research study evaluating the performance of device regulatory systems and argue that adequate funding and increased transparency are vital to future reform.

Iryna Schlackow and colleagues investigate whether electronic systems providing early warning of the changing severity of infectious conditions can be established using routinely collected laboratory hospital data.

Matthew Grainge and colleagues conducted a systematic review of the risk of VTE in patients with cancer and summarize the literature to help target prevention strategies.

Gordon Smith argues for more and better research in screening for pregnancy outcomes, using the example of previous trials in pre-eclampsia.

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