Publication date: 
October 20, 2009

Preventable causes of death research chosen by voters out of five finalists

October 20, 2009A study by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and Harvard University has been named the best open-access medical paper of the past five years by the journal PLoS Medicine.

On Sept. 10, the journal selected five finalists for the award and invited readers to vote by Oct. 15. The team responsible for the winning research – including Goodarz Danaei and Majid Ezzati of Harvard, Dr. Christopher Murray of IHME, and others – brought to light the astonishing number of deaths in the US attributable to preventable risk factors such as smoking, unhealthy eating, and high blood pressure.

The paper, The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors, was published April 28, 2009 in PLoS Medicine.

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