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Planning And Policies Needed To Address The Wicked Problem Of Physical Inactivity

There is an urgent need to address the “wicked” problem of physical inactivity, say the editors of PLOS Medicine writing in this week’s issue. The editors explain that in health policy terms, wicked problems describe a situation that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult [...]

Editors Call For A Fully Correctable Research Literature

Many scientific findings, once thought to be certain, will ultimately be shown to be uncertain by new techniques, a change in thinking, improved data, research misconduct, or the result of an honest error. But the published literature is not yet up to the task of fully connecting and correcting itself, a situation that must be [...]

Call For Greater Transparency In Publishing Information From Clinical Trials

An initiative from the drugs regulator, the European Medicines Agency, to commit to releasing all of the information from clinical trials once the marketing authorization process has ended, which has been greeted with cautious optimism by proponents of access to data but with much less enthusiasm by the pharmaceutical industry, sparks an interesting debate on [...]

Concern For Urban Air Quality

In their August editorial, the PLOS Medicine Editors reflect on a recent Policy Forum article by Jason Corburn and Alison Cohen*, which describes the need for urban health equity indicators to guide public health policy in cities and urban areas. The Editors focus on the need for better air quality data for the world’s cities [...]