News Features

Surgery in a cave - Treating the wounded in the Syrian civil war
British surgeon Paul McMaster recently returned from Syria, where he treated the wounded in an operating theatre set up by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a cave and then on a farm. Though McMaster has experience working in war zones, in Syria he found a “more oppressive type of danger”. He reflects on his experiences.
Zoonoses - Predicting the next zoonotic pandemic
IRIN news reports that the chances are high the world’s next pandemic will be a disease originating in animals, like 60% of current documented human infectious diseases.
Epidemiology - The way we live and die
New global burden of disease study reveals startling changes over past two decades. Globally, health advances present most people with a devastating irony: avoid premature death but live longer and sicker.

New Atlas of Health and Climate shows climate-sensitive diseases can be forecast
As the world’s climate continues to change hazards to human health are increasing. A new report published jointly by the WHO and the WMO, illustrates how it could be possible to forewarn countries about climate-sensitive infectious disease outbreaks months in advance.


World AIDS Day - On the right road to zero
November 29 was World AIDS Day with the theme: Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Zero discrimination.

Oncology - Scientists reveal how cancer cells break free from tumours
Although tumour metastasis causes about 90% of cancer deaths, the exact mechanism that allows cancer cells to spread from one part of the body to another is not well understood.
Oncology - Researchers in Norway develop PET scanner that produces 50% less radiation than current PET technology
Current cancer examinations involve high levels of radiation. Based on the Big Bang research in CERN, particle physicists at University in Oslo have created a brand new technology that combines the PET and MR medical imaging technologies.
Oncology - Optical mammography may offer better way to detect breast cancer
Breast cancer remains the largest prevalent form of cancer in women and its early detection is essential to improve survival rates. 
Cardiology - Highlights of the European Congress of Cardiology 2012
The European Society of Cardiology is a knowledge-based professional association, representing more than 75,000 cardiology professionals from Europe and the rest of the world.
  Cardiology - Breakthrough: Researchers develop cardiovascular progenitor cells from induced-pluripotent stem cells
A novel therapeutic advancement in the search for heart muscle progenitor cells has been developed.
Pain Management - Effectively managing patients’ pain – Best Practice recommendations for hospitals
Gallup consultants have worked with more than 600 leading healthcare providers around the world to better understand how to effectively manage patients’ pain. Richard Blizzard, D.B.A., Senior Practice Consultant, Gallup, reports.
Neurology - Researchers reveal what happens to the brain as patients lose consciousness under anaesthesia
A new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reveals, for the first time, what happens inside the brain as patients lose consciousness during anaesthesia.
Data Management - Information overload
How will the healthcare industry cope with the exponential growth and massive volumes of data being generated in the clinical and operational settings? How will they protect it, manage it, store it and ultimately delete it in compliance with evolving regulations?
Medical Ethics - Are physicians failing to disclose conflicts of interest on social media?
As the use of Twitter and other social media by physicians and patients rises, more and more physicians seem to forget to do what many consider crucial for building doctor-patient trust: disclose potential conflicts of interest.
Genetics - What is the range of human genetic variation?
Completing the second phase of the 1000 Genomes Project, a multinational team of scientists reports that they have sampled a total of 1092 individuals from 14 different populations and sequenced their full genomes. 
  Novel Diseases - 5 dead in Middle East from novel coronavirus
The deaths of five people in the Middle East from a novel coronavirus is cause for concern. This is the WHO’s latest report available at the time of going to press.

ate of upload: 22nd Jan 2013

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