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Howard Markel, Editor-in-Chief          Christopher F. Koller, Publisher
Tara Strome, Assistant Managing Editor

From The Current Issue

From the Editor-in-Chief / September 2016
“Public Health is Purchasable”
By Howard Markel

“Public health is purchasable,” wrote Hermann Biggs, the general medical officer of the Department of Public Health for the City of New York, in 1911. The failure by policymakers today to purchase prevention and effective intervention not only ignores the long history of applying scientific evidence to our eternal struggle against disease, but is also morally wrong.

September 2016
The Op-Eds

Our Op-ed section features some of the best minds currently working to improve the public’s health. In addition to our regular writers, we begin our Op-ed section with a guest contribution by Louis Sullivan, the former US secretary of health and human services in the George H.W. Bush administration and president emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine, on the need for diversity in the health care professions.

Original Investigation / September 2016
The Mass Production of Redundant, Misleading, and Conflicted Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses
By John P.A. Ioannidis

This article investigates the mass production of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, many of which are suboptimal and can be harmful given the prestige and influence these types of studies have acquired.  The author proposes several ways to realign biases and vested interests and to better integrate these publications with the primary production of evidence. 

Commentary / September 2016
Mass Production of Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses: An Exercise in Mega-silliness?
By Matthew J. Page and David Moher

In a Commentary accompanying the lead article, the authors explain why “‘mega-silliness’ may be an appropriate characterization of what the meta-analysis literature has become.”

Original Investigation / September 2016
E-Cigarette Policymaking by Local and State Governments: 2009-2014
By Elizabeth Cox, Rachel Ann Barry, and Stanton Glantz

In 2009, local and state policymakers began identifying ways to regulate e-cigarettes. Opposition to e-cigarette legislation initially came from e-cigarette users and retailers.  But when cigarette companies entered the e-cigarette market, policy debates resembled comparable tobacco control debates from the 1970s through 1990s. The authors analyze e-cigarette policy debates between 2009 and 2014 in New York, Los Angeles, Duluth (Minnesota), and Chicago.

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