News Features

Avian Flu - UN warns governments to remain vigilant
Dr David Nabarro, the United Nations’ senior coordinator for avian and human influenza, says although global defences against avian influenza have been strengthened, there are still challenges ahead in limiting the damage should the virus mutate into a form easily transmissible between humans.
UAE approves new cervical cancer vaccine
The world’s first and only vaccine to prevent cervical cancer was launched in the United Arab Emirates in November. The UAE is the first country in the Middle East region to approve the vaccine – Guardasil. The vaccine is awaiting approval in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman.

AIDS News - New gene therapy shows promise
Researchers in the US are carrying out the first clinical trials of a new gene therapy based on a disabled AIDS virus that inhibits HIV replication. And although the goal of phase 1 was to check the therapy’s safety in humans, the results hint at something much more.
Iraq Report - Neglected nurses of Baghdad
Nissrin Muhammad, 36, sees death every day and worries how her children would survive if she were killed. The only means this widowed mother-of-five has to support her family is to continue working in the dangerous and deteriorating conditions of a public hospital in the capital, Baghdad. IRIN reports. 
Radiology - In a heartbeat
Siemens Medical Solutions will be exhibiting the Somatom Definition at Arab Health 2007. Middle East Health provides a sneak preview of the world’s most advanced CT system.
Radiology - Toshiba tests 256-slice CT
CT scanning technology is taking another giant stride forward with the development of a 256-slice scanner. Middle East Health reports.
Oncology - Sunburnt to death
GPs and paediatricians are in many cases the first line of defence against skin cancer, but many are failing in their duty to protect Caucasians living in the Middle East against the dangers of this disease. Callan Emery spoke to Dr Ikramullah Al Nasir, a specialist dermatologist, about the issue.
Country Profile (UAE)

Regional Profile - UAE– Good health for all
Healthcare in the United Arab Emirates has come a long way in the past 30 years and has accelerated dramatically in the past five. What’s more, this heady pace of development looks set to continue for some time to come. Middle East Health provides an overview.
Interview - Dr Muhadditha Al Hashimi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City
The development of Dubai Healthcare City is coming on in leaps and bounds, with some sections already complete and others well under construction. Callan Emery spoke to the newly appointed CEO, Dr Muhadditha Al Hashimi, about the project.

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