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[Editorial] Tobacco control: a Foundation too far?

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable mortality worldwide and is responsible for more than 7 million deaths each year. In today's issue of The Lancet, we publish a Viewpoint describing the mission and goals of the recently established Fo ...

[Editorial] WHO launches new leadership, new priorities

WHO's Director-General, Dr Tedros, last week launched his new cabinet to widespread acclaim. His mix of deputy and assistant director-generals is made up of nine women (two-thirds of his leadership team) with a geographical spread across 14 countries. ...

[Editorial] The link between cancer and obesity

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report on cancer and obesity last week, highlighting that cancers associated with overweight and obesity, including thyroid, liver, kidney, and ovarian cancer, constitute 40% of cancers diagn ...

[Comment] Towards a smoke-free world? Philip Morris International's new Foundation is not credible

Smoking causes more than 7 million deaths each year1 and tobacco companies have known, since at least 1950, that their products are lethal and addictive. Now Philip Morris International (PMI) is committing nearly US$1 billion over 12 years to the Philip Mo ...

[Comment] Catastrophic medical insurance in China

China's medical insurance system has changed dramatically in the past two decades. The country's most established programme, the Urban Employee Basic Medical Insurance, dates back to the mid-1990s and initially covered only 109 million employees ...

[Comment] Offline: Jim Kim finds his voice

Jim Kim was an unexpected choice to lead the World Bank in 2012. He is not an economist (Kim is an anthropologist, physician, and health activist), and many Bank watchers were sceptical that he could lead an organisation full of econometricians. Kim's ...

[World Report] Nobel Prize awarded for discoveries in circadian rhythm

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young. Talha Burki reports. ...

[World Report] 2017 Roux Prize recipient announced: Samba Sow

This year's Roux Prize was awarded to Samba Sow for using health data to save children's lives through a comprehensive vaccination programme. Andrew Green reports. ...

[Perspectives] Jiang Baoguo: one, two, three against trauma in China

To those who live in nations that count their population in tens rather than hundreds of millions, Chinese health and social statistics can be faintly unnerving. Major trauma, for example, accounts for more than 60 million visits annually to Chinese hospit ...

[Obituary] Sir David Todd

Haematologist who transformed medical education and training in Hong Kong. He was born in Guangzhou, China, on Nov 17, 1928, and he died from pneumonia in Hong Kong on Aug 16, 2017, age 88 years. ...

[Correspondence] Condemning industry attempts to subvert public policy for a tobacco-free world

The World Heart Federation, alongside its partners in the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, condemns outright the launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World,1 which is a vehicle for the tobacco industry. ...

[Correspondence] Nuclear war and public health: rebalancing priorities and global health leadership

Recently, the North Korean nuclear and missile crisis has gripped international media headlines.1 In the streets of Seoul, the vast majority of civilians remain remarkably calm, confident that this threat will pass like those of the past. Yet, complacency ...

[Correspondence] Charlie Gard and the limits of medicine

The coverage of the Charlie Gard case in The Lancet (Aug 5, p 531)1 was excellent. As Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu wrote in their Comment,2 “we need a fair, expedient way of resolving disputes between families and clinicians”. But first, we need ...

[Correspondence] Severity of illness and the weekend effect

In their Article (July 1, p 62),1 A Sarah Walker and colleagues reported that part of the so-called weekend effect can be explained using detailed biochemical, haematological, and other tests, which were absent in previous studies based on administrative d ...

[Correspondence] Severity of illness and the weekend effect – Authors' reply

In their letter, William J Kostis and Abel E Moreyra suggest that the poor availability of detailed data cannot explain all differences in outcomes between patients admitted at weekends and on weekdays. There is no intrinsic causal mechanism for a named da ...

[Correspondence] HPV vaccination in China needs to be more cost-effective

Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). China accounts for about a third of the global burden of cervical cancer, with about 98 900 new cases of cervical cancer in China in 2015.1 After 10 years of the HPV vaccine bein ...

[Correspondence] Medical education: what about the barefoot doctors?

Medical education aims to cultivate effective and essential medical human resources for protecting people's health and the nation's sustainable development. On July 11, the State Council of China introduced bold plans to deepen the reform and dev ...

[Department of Error] Department of Error

Bhangu A, Søreide K, Di Saverio S, Assarsson JH, Drake FT. Acute appendicitis: modern understanding of pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management. Lancet 2015; 386: 1278–87—In this Article, the units for C-reactive protein concentration have been corrected to ...

[Review] Transport and public health in China: the road to a healthy future

Transportation-related risk factors are a major source of morbidity and mortality in China, where the expansion of road networks and surges in personal vehicle ownership are having profound effects on public health. Road traffic injuries and fatalities hav ...

[Viewpoint] Foundation for a smoke-free world

The current and future health effects of smoking are well described. ...

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