Another mega issue

Thank God it’s over! Let’s hope that 2009 brings more peace and stability than last year, the most turbulent in modern times. At least in the Middle East health sector, there’s plenty of good news around.

This is another bumper issue of Middle East Health, coinciding with Dubai’s ever-growing Arab Health expo. In it you will find an expanded “On the Pulse” product news section and a review of Siemens’ groundbreaking Somatom Definition Flash CT scanner, introduced at RSNA and due to be shown at Arab Health. With increased speed and reduced radiation dose, it will open up completely new opportunities for using CT in routine cardiac exams – a promising development.

We also cover a lot of new research, ranging from a round up of research news in the Laboratory and the Gene Pool sections, to highlights from the European Society of Cardiology meeting and the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. Following the same theme, there’s a thought-provoking article by Alan Lisbon MD, Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, looking at ethics in clinical research.

There are many other interesting features in this issue. For example, Middle East Health recently visited Philips Research in the Netherlands and we report on some of their R&D and their concept of Open Innovation. And in the first of a series, we look at the impact and implications of mandatory health insurance on countries in the GCC, where it is currently being introduced.

In the Exhibitions and Conferences section you’ll find, in addition to a preview of Arab Health, our reports from the recent major RSNA and Medica expos in Chicago and Dusseldorf respectively.

Do please keep on sending us your comments, news and views to And here’s wishing you all a happy, prosperous and of course healthy 2009!

Brian Wilkie

(Jan-Feb 2009)



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