News Features

 
Iraq Report - Children with serious illnesses abandoned
Nine-year-old Faleh Muhammad was abandoned by his family in April 2006. He was left to fend for himself in the streets of Baghdad, and later he was diagnosed with leukaemia, reports IRIN News.
 
   
Syria Report - Public health system stretched
SSyria’s public health system is under severe strain. Although the quality of its health care remains regionally strong, growing budget deficits, ballooning demographics and the influx of an estimated 1.5 million Iraqis, all of whom qualify for free healthcare ...
   
Palestine Report - Gaza’s medical sector feeling impact of Israeli sanctions, restrictions
Health officials in the Gaza Strip say they are concerned about hundreds of patients unable to travel to Israel or other countries for vital treatment, and that local hospitals lack essential medical equipment, drugs and fuel, according to a 5 December 2007 IRIN report.
   
  AIDS Update - UN revises worldwide AIDS figures
UNAIDS and World Health Organisation have lowered their estimates of how many people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, Reuters/New York Times reports. According to the report about 33 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, compared with an estimate of nearly 40 million in 2006.
   
  H5N1 Update - Saudi Arabia culls 4 million birds
Most countries in the Middle East, especially those bordering Saudi Arabia, have taken measures to prevent bird flu after an outbreak of the disease there in early November, reports IRIN News (29 November 2007).
   
WHO-EMRO - The way forward
Health ministers from across the region gather each year for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Committee meeting to determine the way forward for public health in the region. Callan Emery attended the talks in Cairo and provides an overview of the key issues.
   
  Dubai Healthcare City - Region’s first CAM council established
Dubai Healthcare City, has set up a Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Council, the first of its kind in the Middle East.
   
Pan Arab Genetics - Expert calls for preventive programmes in Arab world
There is an urgent need to establish, improve and expand preventive programmes across the Arab world to alleviate the costly burden of treating and managing disease that results from genetic disorders (GD), says Ghazi Omar Tadmouri, assistant director, Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS), Dubai.

Perspectives

 
Perspective - Understanding health workers' anxieties in a diversifying world
Health ministers from across the region gather each year for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Committee meeting to determine the way forward for public health in the region. Callan Emery attended the talks in Cairo and provides an overview of the key issues.
   
Features

 
Computed Tomography - Picture Perfect - Sharper images, less radiation
The four major players in Computed Tomography (CT) – Philips Medical, GE Healthcare, Siemens Medical and Toshiba Medical – have all recently announced key advances to their leading CT products.
   
Cardiology - Statins and cancer – the hidden story
Both the West and the Middle East share rising heart disease and cancer incidence rates. Brian Peskin, with David Sim, MD and Amid Habib, MD, review current research literature and suggest a causal link between increased widespread statin use for battling heart disease (by lowering LDL cholesterol) and the concurrent increase in cancer.
Interview

 
   
Hospitals for the poor
In an exclusive interview with Middle East Health, Sobhi Batterjee, the president of the Saudi German Hospitals Group, tells Callan Emery about an innovative business plan he has initiated to provide healthcare services to the poor.


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ate of upload: 22nd Jan 2008

                                  
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