We have another bumper issue, thanks to all the advertising support. From
the publisher and the editorial team we wish you all a healthy, happy
and prosperous 2014.
This is always an interesting time of year as we see what
is being introduced by the major medical device manufacturers who often
wait for the three large medical expos, Medica (in November), RSNA (in
December) and Arab Health (in January) to launch their new products on
the market. In this issue, in the focus on Cardiology, Computed Tomography
and in the extensive Product News section, we look at some of these
innovative products. It is always impressive to witness this evolution in
technology on show at these exhibitions year on year. Advances appear to
come in two spheres either improvements in the technology to enhance
its capability, Philips holographic visualisation is a good example, or
that enable the technology to be manufactured at lower cost,
which then enables greater access to these devices.
The WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region held their annual meeting in
Muscat at the end of October where a number of important public health
issues affecting the region were raised in particular the polio outbreak in
Syria, which could have wider regional implications. We look at this issue,
the new road traffic safety report with it shocking regional statistics
and the MERS coronavirus, which continues to take its toll across the
Gulf States, albeit slowly.
Also in this issue we speak to the head of the Thalassaemia International
Federation about the little known non-transfusion dependent thalassaemia.
We do this on the occasion of an online initiative NTDT
Voices to raise aware of the condition. And we speak to Professor Heinz
Josef Lenz, an eminent cancer research specialist, about colorectal cancer
and whether it can be prevented.
Each year we partner with Houston Methodist Global Health Services
to host a roundtable discussion on a pertinent issue in regional healthcare.
The 2013 roundtable talks looked at improving health workforce education.
A summary of the talks appears in this issue.
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