News Features

 
Egypt Report: 5 million Egyptians have HCV
Egyptís recently formed National Hepatitis Committee has released shocking figures for the prevalence of HIV among Egyptians, which now ranks as the highest in the world. Middle East Health publishes this report by IRIN News.
   
Iraq Report: Baghdad hospitals in crisis
Hospitals and Primary Health Care Centres (PHCC) in Baghdad are facing a major crisis as a result of a lack of security and a shortage of medicine, equipment and specialised staff, say health specialists.
   
Avian Flu News: Egypt to spend US$450m on vaccination campaign
Egypt will embark on a new nationwide campaign to vaccinate live poultry against avian influenza, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said late Feb. According to IRIN News the plan comes after a second wave of the H5N1 influenza in the country led to the deaths of 7 people since Oct 06.
   
Features

 
Anaesthesiology: The effects of epidural lidocaine analgesia on labour and delivery
Whether epidural analgesia for labour prolongs the active-first and second labour stages and increases the risk of vacuum-assisted delivery is a controversial topic.
   
Medical Tourism: Patients on vacation
Health tourism is becoming increasingly popular as the high cost of healthcare in the West forces people to look abroad for cheaper alternatives. Callan Emery reports on the phenomenon.
   
Features

 
News feature: Retinal implant lets blind see light
There has been a major breakthrough for people suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a disease which causes the degeneration of photoreceptor cells in the retina and ultimately leads to blindness.
   
Interviews

 
Prostate surgery: Master of the robot
Dr Jim Hu, a bright, young star in the field of robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, has performed more than 400 of these procedures since 2004 using the Da Vinci robotic system, the only surgical robot of its kind in the world.
   
Bio-engineering: Making instruments intelligent
Dr Siamak Najarian, a biomedical professor at Iranís Amir Kabir University of Technology, was ranked first in the invention section of Iranís annual Razi Medical Science Festival recently for his tactile sense project.

                                  
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