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Iraq Report - On the road to recovery
After years of devastating war, Iraq’s healthcare infrastructure was broken. Current health indicators, when compared to the relatively advanced state of healthcare the country enjoyed in the 1980s, are shocking and point to the dire state of healthcare in the country.
   
Pakistan Report - Lady Health Workers
Pakistan’s army of “Lady Health Workers” – some 90,000 strong – was never meant to diagnose and treat serious illnesses. Instead, these female community health workers were expected to teach good hygiene and nutrition, provide family planning advice, monitor pregnant women, weigh and vaccinate babies and treat minor ailments.
   
Afghanistan Report - The worst place to be a mother
Authorities are striving to improve health conditions for women in Afghanistan, where maternal mortality and female life expectancy indicators are the worst in the world, says a report.
   
UAE Report - Global Health Survey finds critical gaps in health awareness and action in the UAE
Global Health Survey finds critical gaps in health awareness and action in the UAE
   
  Priming with DNA vaccine makes H5N1 vaccine work better
The immune response to an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine was greatly enhanced in healthy adults if they were first primed with a DNA vaccine expressing a gene for a key H5N1 protein, researchers say.
   
Study reveals 50% of patients living with high cholesterol in the Gulf countries fail to reach treatment targets
Despite the wide use of anti-cholesterol drugs such as statin therapy, only 50% of patients in the Gulf are managing to lower their bad cholesterol (LDL–C) levels to goal and remain at risk of heart disease.
   
Shining a light on pupil restriction
A doctor shines a bright light into an unconscious patient’s eye to check for brain death. If the pupil constricts, the brain is OK, because in mammals, the brain controls the pupil.
   
Ultrathin flexible brain implant offers unique look at seizures
Researchers funded by the US National Institutes of Health have developed a flexible brain implant that could one day be used to treat epileptic seizures. In animal studies, the researchers used the device – a type of electrode array that conforms to the brain’s surface – to take an unprecedented look at the brain activity underlying seizures.
   
Oncology - High blood pressure could raise cancer risk
Researchers in Europe have discovered that high blood pressure potentially raises the risk of developing cancer or dying from the disease. 
   
Study reveals 50% of patients living with high cholesterol in the Gulf countries fail to reach treatment targets
Scientists gain better understanding of brain’s response to stress Researchers at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom have identified a specific protein generated by the brain in response to stress.
   
  Immunology - Strategies to beat lifestyle and genetic factors related to chronic diseases
Immunology Strategies to beat lifestyle and genetic factors related to chronic diseases A dramatic increase in the incidence of chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma, allergy, and irritable bowel syndrome, has led to concern about how modern lifestyles may trigger physiological defense mechanisms.
   
Healthcare Economics - Taking the Toyota approach to brain surgery
Japanese vehicle manufacturer, Toyota, is well-known for developing the principles of so-called “lean manufacturing”. Research published in the International Journal of Technology Management suggests that the lean approach might also be beneficial to medical procedures, making hospitals more efficient and cut waiting lists.
   
Genetics - Gene therapy shown to assist blood clotting in haemophilia
An experimental gene therapy technique boosted the production of a vital blood clotting factor in six people with haemophilia B, according to new research published online 10 December 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
   
  Malaria - Deaths fall but shortage of funds threatens progress
Malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25% globally since 2000, and by 33% in the WHO African Region, according to the World Malaria Report 2011, issued in December by the World Health Organisation.
   
World Diabetes Congress 2011 - Alarming figures and new science highlighted at World Diabetes Congress
Figures released at the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) World Diabetes Congress (WDC) 2011, which was held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center from 4-8 December last year, are alarming. 


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ate of upload: 21st Jan 2012

                                  
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