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[Editorial] Neglected tropical diseases: ending the neglect of populations

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2022 sees the tenth anniversary of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), a pivotal event at which governments, pharmaceutical companies, foundations, and NGOs committed to collaborate in their efforts to stop NTDs. This initiative was inspired by the WHO NTD Roadmap 2012–2020, a plan for the control, elimination, and eradication of 17 neglected tropical diseases by 2020. Not all of the targets were met, but much progress has been made. In 2020, 600 million fewer people required interventions against NTDs than in 2010, and 42 countries eliminated at least one NTD.

[Comment] Improving outcomes of men with incurable prostate cancer

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Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has been the standard of care for treating metastatic prostate cancer ever since the discovery that prostate cancer was an androgen-dependent disease in the 1940s. Since then, several therapeutic strategies have built on this basic principle to further improve survival, both through the use of additional systemic therapy in patients with metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) and with the addition of radiotherapy to the prostate in patients with low-volume mHSPC.

[Comment] Offline: Sex and power during a pandemic

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“At the height of the pandemic, women were underrepresented across the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and related subgroups advising cabinet on the coronavirus response.” This conclusion comes from the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for gender equality and women's rights at work, in its latest report, Sex and Power 2022. It's impossible to disagree—at least in the UK. Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, together with Jonathan Van-Tam and Neil Ferguson, became the very masculine face of Britain's response.

[World Report] Tonga disaster health response accelerates

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Communications with the island nation are being restored as the aid response begins to reach affected populations. Chris McCall reports.

[World Report] Polish Government COVID-19 advisors resign

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The majority of Poland's COVID-19 medical advisory body have quit, saying that their advice has been ignored. Ed Holt reports.

[World Report] The next steps for US vaccine mandates

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As the Supreme Court blocks one of the Biden Administration's plans to raise COVID-19 vaccination rates but approves another, Susan Jaffe looks at the next steps.

[Perspectives] Ali Zumla: respiratory medicine and global health supremo

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Whether it is in his clinical work or endeavouring to connect colleagues across continents for future pandemic preparedness, Ali Zumla is motivated by improving patient care and the health of neglected populations. For this eminent clinician-researcher is at heart a humble man, always striving for excellence on the hospital ward or in developing plans to improve global health. As Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London, UK, COVID-19 has been a major part of his work over the past 2 years.

[Perspectives] Pregnancy and the origins of illness

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be felt for years after the virus is contained. Alongside the more than 5·5 million COVID-19 deaths globally, there have been massive shifts in how we understand and practise medicine and public health, transformations of global economies, and losses in livelihoods, health, education, and security. There is also the disquieting prospect that our current trauma could have lasting intergenerational impacts—that children gestated or born during this pandemic might carry an imprint of their mother's experience with lifelong and inheritable consequences.

[Perspectives] Urgent care: disability, pandemic, and the value of a life

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Ranked below average on nearly any development scale, my teenaged son with Down syndrome has unexpected talents for flourishing in a pandemic. Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic while the rest of our household languished in confinement, Henry thrived on life's narrowness. What we experienced as the enervating tedium of remote work and school closures, he embraced as welcome consistency. He loves eating the same meals, rarely worries about the future, and his best friends are toy figurines. He doesn’t mind wearing a mask, especially if decorated with his favourite Star Wars characters.

[Obituary] Attilio Maseri

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Eminent cardiologist. Born on Nov 12, 1935, in Udine, Italy, he died on Sept 3, 2021, in Tolmezzo, Italy, aged 85 years old.

[Correspondence] How to fix democracy to fix health care

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Globally, we are seeing a side-effect of COVID-19: political violence.1 This effect usually shows itself in three steps: denial of scientific evidence, judgement of the intentions of political decision makers as a conspiracy, and civil disobedience and street violence.

[Correspondence] Inclusivity starts with language

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Why does the phrase “bodies with vaginas”1 grace the cover of an issue of The Lancet when it was likely to alienate a great many women? Although I was born with a vagina, I do not believe reducing my person to one of my organs seems appropriate, anymore than I would be happy to be called a body with caecum. Furthermore, I suspect my brother would not wish to be called a body with ductus deferens. In medical practice, patients ought to be referred to as whole people, not bodies with diverticulitis, or sickle cell in room three.

[Correspondence] Inclusivity starts with language

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Language can be divisive. This has become acutely palpable in the academic community. Although some identify strongly with a conventional idea of gender equity, others take a broader approach, focusing on principles of inclusivity of all bodies and genders. There is much to be gained from taking an aerial perspective, one that considers the value of all views, as well as the potential damage and missed opportunities that arise from not respecting or valuing difference.

[Correspondence] Inclusivity starts with language

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As a Collective, we are expressing our deep concern over the language used in the Perspective on Periods on Display1 and the colonial implications from the position in which the concerns were addressed.

[Correspondence] Inclusivity starts with language – Author's reply

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I thank Sara Dahlen, Kelly Jane Thompson, and Ruth Kamau and colleagues for sharing their reflections on my exhibition review.1 Language is not merely sometimes but inherently divisive, in that it divides the complex-ities of the world into categories to help us to communicate. Those categories are viewed differently by different groups and often gradually shift or are forcefully challenged over time, tangled with changing paradigmatic understanding of the world. As gender and gendered language are dragged through such a transition, multiple interest groups are attempting to negotiate its course.

[Department of Error] Department of Error

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Tanriover MD, Doğanay HL, Akova M, et al. Efficacy and safety of an inactivated whole-virion SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (CoronaVac): interim results of a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial in Turkey. Lancet 2021; 398: 213–22—In this Article, the name of the funder should have been “Health Institutes of Turkey (TUSEB)”. This correction has been made to the online version as of Jan 27, 2022.

[Department of Error] Department of Error

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Myers SS, Pivor JI, Saraiva AM. The São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health. Lancet 2021; 398: 1299—The web appendix of this Correspondence has been updated as of Jan 27, 2022.

[Department of Error] Department of Error

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Sudlow S, le Roux CW. Improving gastric balloons to treat obesity. Lancet 2021; 398: 1940–41—In this Comment, the declaration of interest statement for Carel W le Roux has been corrected to read “CWlR reports grants from the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland, Anabio, and the Health Research Board. He serves on advisory boards of Novo Nordisk, Herbalife, GI Dynamics, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi Aventis, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glia, and Boehringer Ingelheim.

[Department of Error] Department of Error

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Clarfield AM, Gill G, Leuner CJ, Moses AE, Paltiel O. An appeal to world leaders: restore health care for Ethiopians in Tigray. Lancet 2022; 399: 433—The title of this Correspondence has been corrected as of Jan 27, 2022, and the printed version is correct.

[Clinical Picture] Cause of hypereosinophilia shows itself after 6 years: Loa loa

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A 25-year-old man attended his primary care physician reporting recurrent swellings on his hands and forearms. The patient said the lesions were itchy, but not painful, and had been appearing every week or so for the past few months.
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