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This Week in PLOS Medicine: Call for papers; Benefits of statins; Mental health in LMICs

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PLOS Medicine closes out 2012 with three new articles, including an Editorial call for papers:

The PLOS Medicine editors issue a call for papers on addressing global disparities in noncommunicable diseases—CVD, cancer, COPD, asthma, diabetes, mental health disorders, and substance abuse—for 2013.

In a modeling study conducted by Myriam Hunink and colleagues, a population-based cohort from Rotterdam is used to predict the possible lifetime benefits of statin therapy, on a personalized basis.

Crick Lund and colleagues describe their plans for the PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME), which aims to generate evidence on implementing and scaling up integrated packages of care for priority mental disorders in primary and maternal health care contexts in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Uganda.

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Discussion
  1. A call for papers on “benefits of statins” is a call to make publication bias worse as it will exclude papers on harms of statins.

  2. Hi Michael,

    Yes that’s true but I think you’ve confused two different papers.

    The editorial calls for papers addressing global disparities in noncommunicable diseases—CVD, cancer, COPD, asthma, diabetes, mental health disorders, and substance abuse. You can read the editorial here:
    http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001360

    The statins paper is a research article. You can read it here:
    http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001361

    Best wishes

    Paul

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