News Features

Building a replica of the brain
A model that replicates the functions of the human brain is feasible in 10 years according to neuroscientist Professor Henry Markram of the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland. 
Genetics - Personalised medicine comes of age
For the first time, scientists have diagnosed a genetic disease by completely sequencing all of a patient�s genes. Using high-throughput DNA sequencing technology, HHMI researchers successfully identified a gene mutation that was responsible for the patient�s disease.    
HIV - AIDS Report - HIV infections slowing but prevention gap persists
The rate of new HIV infections worldwide has declined by 17% in the past eight years & prevention efforts can take some of the credit, according to the annual UNAIDS update on the epidemic released on 24 Nov '09.
Pumps and Pipes Project unites medical and oil industries in unique collaborations
Remarkable similarities exist between the oil and gas industry and the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Both deal in pumps and pipes and the movement of liquid through hollow tubes.
HMSDC Update - Medical education in the Middle East needs reform
Within a span of about 30 years, the United Arab Emirates and the GCC countries have witnessed tremendous growth within the medical sector enabling it to satisfy most of the immediate needs of a burgeoning population.
Oncology - Scientists complete genome analysis of lung cancer, malignant melanoma
Within a span of about 30 years, the United Arab Emirates and the GCC countries have witnessed tremendous growth within the medical sector enabling it to satisfy most of the immediate needs of a burgeoning population.
Global Breastfeeding Initiative for Child Survival holds inaugural meeting in Al Ain
The inaugural meeting of the Global Breastfeeding Initiative for Child Survival was held in Al Ain in November last year, during which a group of world leaders on infant nutrition gathered to discuss the pertinent issue of infant nutrition.
New report warns of huge economic impact of COPD, calls for global talks on the disease
COPD Uncovered, a new report issued 18 November 2009 reveals for the first time that people between the ages of 40 to 65 are emerging as the new face of this disease.
  Neurology - Researchers find hidden sensory system in the skin
Researchers report that the human body has an entirely unique and separate sensory system aside from the nerves that give most of us the ability to touch & feel. This sensory network is located throughout our blood vessels and sweat glands, largely imperceptible.
  WHO responds to reports of patient-to-patient spread of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 virus
Media reports in November noted that Tamiflu resistant swine flu had spread between patients in a hospital ward. The BBC reported that �a total of five patients on a unit treating people with severe underlying health conditions at the University Hospital of Wales, were infected.
  Osteoporosis - 50,000 screened: a third at risk in UAE, KSA
A bone scan of some 50,000 volunteers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait has found that more than a third (around 20,000) are at moderate to high risk of developing osteoporosis. 
  IDF: Education needed globally to meet the needs of 285m with diabetes
The latest International Diabetes Federation (IDF) data reveals that over 285 million people worldwide now live with diabetes and this number will explode to 435 million by 2030.
  IDF Guidelines address pregnancy, self monitoring blood glucose and oral health
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) launched three diabetes guidelines on the Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose, Pregnancy and Oral Health at its 20th World Diabetes Congress in Montreal in October. 

Tobacco - Smoke bomb
Biju C Mathew*PhD, Reji Susan Daniel PhD, Jamal Al Bahlool Bordom MD, K.T. Augusti PhD and Ian W Campbell MD look at the damning statistics of tobacco use and the deadly effects and addictive nature of tobacco.    
Imaging Innovations - Hybrid PET-MR project marks major milestone
Philips announced in November last year that the European Union-funded HYPERImage research project, of which it is the leader, has achieved a major milestone in its ambitious plan to create a new medical imaging technique called hybrid PET-MR.  
Panel Discussion - Putting the patient first
Methodist International sponsored and hosted a panel discussion, with leading figures in the healthcare industry in the UAE, to look at and assess what can be done to improve the patient experience in hospitals and medical centres in the region. 


Oncology - King Hussein Cancer Foundation enables cutting-edge cancer treatment for all patients
Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation.
The diabetes time-bomb in Saudi Arabia
Diabetes is epidemic in several Gulf countries including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), where its prevalence continues to increase dramatically. Callan Emery spoke to Dr Khaled Al Tayeb, anendocrinologist for Saudi Arabia�s Ministry of Health. 
Dubai Mall Medical Centre � a patient-centred approach
Callan Emery spoke to Omar Shunnar, the CEO of Emaar Healthcare, about the new medical centre and their partnership with Methodist.

Country Reports

Egypt Report - Nearly a third of children malnourished � MoH, UNDP
Despite a number of positive economic indicators, Egypt has a hunger problem: Nearly a third of all children are malnourished, according to a new report compiled by the Ministry of Health and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
  Iraq Report - War remnants, pollution behind rise in cancer deaths?
In the late 1990s 22-year-old Manal Sabir Abdullah from Basra was diagnosed with lung cancer, from which she eventually died in 2004.

ate of upload: 26th Jan 2010

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