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A Controversial Close-Up of Humanity's Health

Science  14 Dec 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6113, pp. 1414-1416
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6113.1414

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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation contends that it has created the most detailed and authoritative report ever on the state of the world's health. The so-called Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2010 study, largely bankrolled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will appear in the largest issue of The Lancet ever published. Its authors hope that it will have a major impact on how policymakers, donors, and researchers allocate resources to help people lead healthier, longer lives. But questions remain: How much credence will it have with fellow scientists and policymakers? How did GBD 2010 arrive at its results? And how does the study fit with similar efforts by the World Health Organization?

  • * With reporting by Gretchen Vogel.