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Christopher F. Koller, Publisher
Howard Markel, Editor-in-Chief
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Early View Article

Original Investigation | October 14, 2014
Return on Investment: A Fuller Assessment of the Benefits and Cost Savings of the US Publicly Funded Family Planning Program

This study provides a comprehensive analysis of the estimated health benefits of family planning services and the resulting net savings to the government and the American people. A commentary accompanying the paper discusses why investments in family planning are sound policy.

By Jennifer J. Frost, Adam Sonfield, Mia R. Zolna, and Lawrence B. Finer

From The Current Issue

From the Editor-in-Chief | September 2014
A Grain of Salt

A public health initiative deemed acceptable by one generation might be denigrated and avoided by a subsequent one. It may be hard to believe, but table salt was a key player in one of the most successful public health campaigns of the early 1920s.

By Howard Markel

September 2014
The Op-Eds

Our Op-Ed section features eight of the best minds currently working to improve the public's health. In this issue, they tackle the subjects of global polio eradication, the slow growth of health care spending, lead poisoning, and the medicalization of HIV prevention.


Original Investigation | September 2014

Revisiting Financial Conflicts of Interest in FDA Advisory Committees

Our lead article examines the potential for financial conflicts of interest to influence the members of the FDA's advisory committee as they proceed through the drug approval process. A commentary that looks at the harmful effects that conflicts of interest can have on medical professionalism accompanies the study.

By Genevieve Pham-Kanter

Original Investigation | September 2014

Power and Persuasion in the Vaccine Debates: An Analysis of Political Efforts and Outcomes in the United States, 1998-2012

This study, which documents the debate over vaccines by analyzing the political efforts and outcomes of state vaccine legislative efforts between 1998 and 2012, suggests that vaccine politics are entering a new phase, one in which immunization supporters may be gaining ground.

By Denise F. Lilvis, Anna Kirkland, Anna Frick

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