Setting up a multi-organ transplantation programme
Setting up a multi-organ transplantation programme in any clinical facility is a massive endeavour and is made even more so when supporting social structures and legislation are not in place. 
Ethics in Medicine - Research and the role of Institutional Review Boards
The Harvard Medical School Dubai Centre Institute for Postgraduate Education and Research hosted the region’s first ‘Ethics in Research’ on 2 November 008 with the aim of educating the research community about the latest code of ethics in research.   
Hypnotherapy - Spiritual epiphanies during hypnosis
Gérard V. Sunnen, MD, a hypnotherapist practising in New York, reports on his study of levels of spiritual experience in patients undergoing hypnosis to treat various psychological conditions. 
PET-CT - In a Flash
Siemens Healthcare has introduced a new dual-source CT scanner that set new standards for speed and radiation dose reduction. The new Somatom Definition Flash can perform a complete scan of the entire chest region in just 0.6 seconds and a spiral heart exam with less than 1 millisievert radiation dose.
Philips Research - Open to innovation
Philips, renowned worldwide for its consumer lifestyle and lighting products, is also a key global researcher and developer of healthcare devices and equipment, such as MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound. 
Ergonomics - The impact of the work place on health
Before furnishing the work place, it is recommended employers consult an ergonomist who can advise on the best options to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury and other cumulative trauma disorders of the work place.  
Cardiology - The ESC and AHA point the way ahead
There is an overwhelming amount of cardiology research emanating from the world’s academic institutions. Attending leading cardiology conferences, such as the annual European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress and the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions is a good way to stay informed. 
News Features

Human Genetics - Genetic disorders in the Middle East and the role of primary healthcare
By Dr Sabah Al-Lawati Geneticist and Healthcare Communications Manager.
HIV/AIDS Update - Landmark study shows early treatment improves HIV-positive infant survival
A ground-breaking South African study has provided the first hard evidence that treating HIV-positive babies with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines from as early as six weeks dramatically improves their chances of survival.
Bird Flu Update - Put pandemic preparedness plans to the test, warns UN
Experts at an international conference in Egypt have warned that although some success has been achieved in reducing avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and humans, the world must still be prepared to tackle an influenza pandemic.
Tissue Engineering - Adult stem cell breakthrough
The first tissue-engineered trachea (windpipe), utilising the patient’s own stem cells, has been successfully transplanted into a young woman with a failing airway. The bioengineered trachea immediately provided the patient with a normally functioning airway, thereby saving her life.
Restoring movement to paralysed limbs
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that a direct artificial connection from the brain to muscles can restore voluntary movement in monkeys whose arms have been temporarily anaesthetised. 
Endoscopic Surgery - Transoral obesity surgery - no incision required
A new type of surgery for obese patients is being tested in the United States and it promises quicker recovery and fewer complications compared to traditional lap band or Rouxen- Y gastric bypass surgery.  
Innovation - Researchers create artificial beating heart
University of Minnesota researchers have created a beating heart in the laboratory. 
Intensively targeting blood sugar increases risk of death
Several clinical studies published recently have confirmed that gastric bypass surgery can reverse type II diabetes within days after the surgery and before there is any significant weight loss.
Dubai Healthcare City Update - Management of stroke
There are limited treatment options for stroke. Numan Amir, MD outlines the latest stroke management practices in an acute care setting.
Expos & Conferences

Expos & Conferences - China International Medical Equipment Fair
Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions celebrated the 60th anniversary of China’s largest medical equipment show – the China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF), late last year.
BioQatar - Reclassifying disease
Gérard V. Sunnen, MD, a hypnotherapist practising in New York, reports on his study of levels of spiritual experience in patients undergoing hypnosis to treat various psychological conditions.

Perspective - Interview - Making a headway in the Middle East
TRUMPF Medical Systems is making inroads in the Middle East with sales for its solutions for OR and ICU booming in the past few months. Callan Emery speaks to Lars Michel, the company’s regional director.
Perspective - A clear image of the future
Siemens Healthcare is one of a handful of key players in global healthcare, setting trends and defining directions in medical equipment and devices. The company also has a major interest in the Middle East healthcare market.  

Regional Reports

Jordan Report - Health Tourism - An admirable reputation
With one of the most developed healthcare systems and some of the most advanced clinical facilities in the region, Jordan attracts its fair share of foreign medical patients.
Yemen Report - Children of war-hit Saada governorate suffer psychological problems
A four-year conflict between Yemeni government forces and Shia rebels in the northern governorate of Saada, which borders Saudi Arabia, has caused psychological problems for children and had an adverse effect on their behaviour, according to a new study
Afghanistan Report - Medical waste poses health risk in urban areas
Solid waste produced by the healthcare system in Kabul and other major cities is not being properly managed and poses a serious public health risk, according to health experts.

ate of upload: 25th January 2009

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