In this issue of Middle East Health we look to the future – the future of medicine as shown at Arab Health and future technologies that are leading the way in current developments.

There was a lot going on at Arab Health in Dubai in January. Several major deals were struck, many great new products were launched in the region and experts advised healthcare practitioners about the way forward. In our Arab Health review we give you coverage of the show as well as the latest offerings and thoughts of some of the major players in the industry that we spoke to.

Our lead article in this issue covers two award-winning bionic knee prostheses. This is science fiction made real, which is set to radically change the lives of lower limb amputees. Read it here.

In the UK, researchers are studying the efficacy of “spray on
skin” for burn wounds, which has shown remarkable results in
pilot studies. We speak to the researchers to find out more about the procedure. Read it here.

With the development of virtual reality it is potentially
possible to create 3D ‘holographic’ echocardiographic images
which could provide an exciting new clinical tool. We publish a
pilot study which evaluates whether this future technology will
have any value as such a tool. Read it here.

Elsewhere in this issue you will find the latest on the spread of
H5N1 flu, a brief on the FDA’s latest pharmaceutical approvals as well as the regular news and guest columns.

Brian Wilkie

(Mar-Apr 2006)



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