Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine

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To say that public health and development are areas of growing international importance and concern in the 21st century would be an understatement. Today, a majority of world events affect public health and development either directly or indirectly. One of the most salient current news stories in the public’s consciousness has been the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa. But other world events can have drastic consequences for public health efforts, such as the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014, in Ukraine, which tragically killed up to 100 scientists and researchers en route to an international HIV conference. More broadly, various international public health and development efforts are continuously challenged by armed conflicts, economic resource constraints, educational inequalities, government corruption, and other systemic factors that are explored by authors in this issue. The image shown here depicts a health care worker holding a globe covered with various health-related media clippings in order to highlight the complex, mutually reinforcing relationships between public health, international development, and current events. Original cover design by Karen Tian, Yale University.

The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine is a PubMed-indexed, open access, quarterly journal edited by Yale medical, graduate, and professional students and peer reviewed by an extensive network of experts in the fields of biology and medicine. The journal aims to showcase outstanding research articles from all areas of biology and medicine, to publish significant case reviews, and to provide both perspectives on personal experiences in medicine and reviews of the current state of biology and medicine.

To all interested authors: Starting in June 2015, YJBM will devote entire issues to its focus topics. This means that all manuscripts in an issue will be related to the focus topic. As a result, we will not be considering off-topic manuscripts in the coming months. Please keep an eye out for our future focus topics, and thank you for your understanding.

Upcoming focus topics:

March 2015: Autism Spectrum Diseases

June 2015: Cancer

September 2015: Addiction

Editor's Picks from the Current Issue

Volume 87, Issue 3

Assessing the Residual Risk for Transfusion-Transmitted Infections in the Philippine Blood Supply

Hilton Y. Lam, Vicente Y. Belizario, Noel R. Juban, Marissa M. Alejandria, Nina Castillo-Carandang, Elizabeth Arcellana-Nuqui, Ma. Angelina Mirasol, Cynthia P. Cordero, Olivia T. Sison, and Adovich S. Rivera


Establishment of a General Medicine Residency Training Program in Rural West Africa

Frank W. Drislane, Albert Akpalu, and Harry H.J. Wegdam


The Unknown Role of Mental Health in Global Development

Paul A. Bolton


Cesarean Sections Among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon from December 2012/January 2013 to June 2013: Probable Causes and Recommendations

Karin M.J. Huster, Njogu Patterson, Marian Schilperoord, and Paul Spiegel