News Features

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UN report criticises AIDS surveillance in MENA region
UNAIDS recently released the AIDS epidemic update 2005 report. Callan Emery takes a look at what the report has to say about the Middle East North Africa region.
   
Leprosy in Lebanon
Ever since Ahmad, 27, was diagnosed with leprosy three years ago, he has had to face the physical consequences of his condition, as well as the social stigma associated with a disease most think vanished from Lebanon long ago.
   
Artificial hand comes to life
If a European research team has their way it won’t be long before the sci-fi bionic man becomes reality.
   
Features

 
The PediPump
Following the development of a small implantable ventricular assist device for adult patients, a research team at Cleveland Clinic in the US is developing a similar heart pump for paediatric use.
   
Discovering the roots of disease
The completed HapMap Phase 1 promises to open many new doors in medical research. Debbie Forrester reports.
   
Preparing for a pandemic
With the WHO warning of an inevitable pandemic of H5N1 avian influenza, decisionmaking during the crisis will be key, as will quarantine, duty to care and resource allocations. An international medical ethics think tank offers a guide.
   
Islamic physicians in history - Yuhanna Ibn Masawayh
Arabic pharmacy (Saydanah) was recognised as a separate profession from medicine by the beginning of 800AD century.
   
Regional Profile

 
The burden of poverty (Regional profile – Yemen)
The completed HapMap Phase 1 promises to open many new doors in medical research. Debbie Forrester reports.

                                  
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