Innovation ahead

As 2008 dawns we can look forward to another year of incredible innovations in medicine – both in technology and clinical research. Middle East Health will continue to keep you abreast of these developments, as well as the terrific growth in healthcare that is taking place across the Middle East.

This, the first Middle East Health of 2008, is another bumper issue to coincide with the Arab Health exhibition in Dubai – the
region’s largest healthcare show. Read the Arab Health preview on page 120.

Our roving reporter, Jay Franco, attended the all-important RSNA show in Chicago and the huge Medica exhibition in Düsseldorf. He filed reports outlining some of the many innovative products that were unveiled at these shows (See page 136).

Computed Tomography is advancing rapidly, producing images of the body’s internal organs with astounding clarity and with new imaging techniques that substantially reduce radiation dose. We look at the latest offerings in CT from the four biggest players in this arena – Philips, Toshiba, GE and Siemens (See page 64).

In a potentially explosive article, Brian Peskin, well known US author of nutritional books and most recently The hidden story of
cancer, reviews current clinical literature and explains his revolutionary theory of the link between widely used statins, the
cholesterol-lowering drugs, and cancer (See page 82).

The threat of bird flu, the eradication of polio and the ability to respond rapidly to regional healthcare emergencies are important public healthcare concerns that affect us all. Middle East Health attended the influential annual WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional conference in Cairo and highlights key issues faced by the region (See page 46).

And as always you can find broad medical news coverage from the region and the world as well as an extensive product review segment.

Wishing you a happy, prosperous and, of course, healthy New Year.

Brian Wilkie

(Jan-Feb 2008)



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