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Tech Evolution

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 new technology 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 developments 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.

Good health

Callan Emery

(Jan-Feb 2014)

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