PLOS Medicine

An influential venue for research and commentary on the major challenges to human health worldwide, PLOS Medicine publishes articles of general interest on biomedical, environmental, social and political determinants of health. The journal emphasizes work that advances clinical practice, health policy or pathophysiological understanding to benefit health in a variety of settings.

Journal article

31 Jul 2018

Heatwaves are a critical public health problem. There will be an increase in the frequency and severity of heatwaves under changing climate. However, evidence about the impacts of climate change on heatwave-related mortality at a global scale is limited. Current and future daily mean temperature...

Journal article

24 Apr 2018

In recent decades, there has been a shift to later childbearing in high-income countries. There is limited, large-scale evidence of the relationship between maternal age and child outcomes beyond the perinatal period. The objective of this study is to quantify a child’s risk of developmental...

Journal article

27 May 2014

Twenty years ago an editorial by Doug Altman in the BMJ [1] , “The Scandal of Poor Medical Research”, decried the poor design and reporting of research, stating that “huge sums of money are spent annually on research that is seriously flawed through the use...

Journal article

6 Sep 2011

Alcohol consumed in small, daily amounts may actually lead to better health. According to a nationally representative survey in 2008, 71.7% of men and 58.3% of women reported consuming alcohol in the past year. High levels of alcohol clearly have detrimental effects on many aspects...

Journal article

5 Sep 2011

Disasters and outberaks scatter populations, compromising timely assistance. Using mobile technology to track the location of moving populations can help in providing speedier and much needed help. Every year, millions of people are affected by disasters—sudden calamitous events that disrupt communities and cause major human,...