We have a big issue for you as we head into 2015, filled with many interesting
news stories, research and product news. Perhaps most important is
the release of very positive results from the PARADIGM-HF trial which
tested a new heart failure combination drug. The co-lead author of the
study, Milton Packer, MD, says the results are extraordinarily powerful and
compelling; they are destined to change the management of patients with
chronic heart failure for years to come. Read more about this breakthrough
for patients with heart failure on page 48.
In local news, the biannual Grand Hamdan awards for medicine and
medical research were announced, with the main award going to Professor
Magid Abou Gharbia, the Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Medicinal
Chemistry and Director of the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery
Research at the School of Pharmacy, Temple University, for his work with
drug discovery. Find out about all the award winners and other regional
news in the Middle East Monitor on page 10.
Of particular concern, largely because it is being ignored by most health
authorities in the region, is the growing epidemic of HIV among people
who inject drugs through the sharing of needles. This comes on the back of
the escalating Afghan opium poppy production in recent years and the subsequent
increased supply of heroin in the region. In a comprehensive report
published in PLoS Medicine the researchers noted that concentrated HIV
epidemics have emerged in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and Morocco. You
can read more about this issue on page 32.
And on a more esoteric note, the results from a four-year international
study looking objectively at the possibility of awareness during resuscitation
has found evidence that some people who are clinically dead prior to
being resuscitated have so-called near-death experiences and out-of-body
experiences. You can read more about this fascinating study on page 46.
This is just a taste of what we have in store for you in this issue. Read on
and be informed.
We thank the great support of our advertisers without whom we would
not be able to produce this magazine. And we wish you all a happy, prosperous
and healthy new year.
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