The next generation
This issue of Middle East Health centres on paediatrics. There are many
remarkable developments in this broad field which will have a profound impact on
the next generation. However, it is not all good news, as you will see in our
report on some rather negative aspects of child health in the region.
In each section – paediatrics, MRI, telemedicine – we focus on child health and
some of the latest developments in child healthcare. We lead with an assessment
of a report from Save the Children about child mortality in the region which
shows that some countries, such as Egypt, are making good progress while others,
notably Iraq, are in decline. In the Iraq Report we look at the plight of
children there in more depth, with some shocking stories about child abuse and
In the MRI section we lead with a feature on developments in the fascinating
field of functional MRI, as well as a report on a particularly interesting study
in the United States where researchers, for the first time, are using MRI to
track the development of the paediatric brain.
In related stories we look at a new telemedicine initiative set up between
SickKids hospital in Toronto and the King Hussein Cancer Centre (KHCC) in Amman,
Jordan. We also feature a report from the World Health Organisation which cites
road deaths as the biggest killer of young people.
And lastly, in line with our policy of continually innovating and expanding the
magazine’s coverage, we have launched two new regular sections. The Gene Pool
will cover the growing body of genetic research news around the world, and The
Laboratory will provide an overview of general global medical research. Do let
us know what you think of the new sections – and if you think we should add (or
change!) anything else.