Ziad Obermeyer

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Policy Forum C ervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women and a leading cause of mortality worldwide, with 273,000 deaths estimated in 2002 [1]. Eighty-three percent of cases occur in the developing world, where cervical cancer accounts for 15% of female cancers, as compared to just 3.6% in developed countries [1]. In the 1960s and 1970s,(More)
BACKGROUND Nearly fifteen years after the start of WHO's DOTS strategy, tuberculosis remains a major global health problem. Given the lack of empirical evidence that DOTS reduces tuberculosis burden, considerable debate has arisen about its place in the future of global tuberculosis control efforts. An independent evaluation of DOTS, one of the most(More)
BACKGROUND For several decades, global public health efforts have focused on the development and application of disease control programs to improve child survival in developing populations. The need to reliably monitor the impact of such intervention programs in countries has led to significant advances in demographic methods and data sources, particularly(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide an accurate estimate of violent war deaths. DESIGN Analysis of survey data on mortality, adjusted for sampling bias and censoring, from nationally representative surveys designed to measure population health. Estimated deaths compared with estimates in database of passive reports. SETTING 2002-3 World health surveys, in which(More)
In a much-cited recent article, Obermeyer, Murray, and Gakidou (2008a) examine estimates of wartime fatalities from injuries for thirteen countries. Their analysis poses a major challenge to the battle-death estimating methodology widely used by conflict researchers, engages with the controversy over whether war deaths have been increasing or decreasing in(More)
Our long-term goal is to develop improved hearing aids for people suffering from sensorineural hearing impairments. Our efforts are focused on problems resulting from inadequate knowledge of the effects of various alterations of speech signals on speech reception by impaired listeners, specifically on the fundamental limitations on the improvements in(More)
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