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The Lancet have chosen to devote an entire issue to the 2015 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project (2016;vol 388:no.10053). This massive piece of work is a collaboration between The Lancet and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), and is impressive in its ambition. They have successfully collated a huge range of important health outcome data on from virtually every country on the globe. The issue contains 6 papers, 3 commentaries, an editorial and a special report. By using ‘big data’, and analysing year-on-year trends, they are able to put important health issues in both …
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