The Arab Heath exhibition in
Dubai in January was certainly a great success. It appeared even
bigger than the massive show last year – clearly a sign that healthcare
in this region continues to grow in leaps and bounds. For the MEH
team, it was a great opportunity to catch up with many of our foreign
readers and advertisers as well as to make new friends. And, of
course, it is always fascinating to see at first-hand the incredible
advances in medical technology. You can see a selection of the new
products we liked in the Arab Health review.
A main feature of this issue is anaesthesia – or perhaps more correctly
‘not anaesthesia’ – in an article which looks at how to teach young
kids to sit still for an MRI exam, so you can avoid having to sedate
them. We look at a related interesting new study where researchers
have added a light-sensitive molecule to propofol, and have shown
in experiments that when the light is on the anaesthetic is deactivated
and when switched off it is reactivated.
In our focus on ultrasound we explore elastography, a new form of
reading ultrasound waves that makes it possible to detect tumours
by measuring elasticity of soft tissue. Some researchers are saying
that in a few years elastography may be as common as x-rays!
As usual we have a lot of interesting news from the region and around
the world. The prestigious 2013 King Faisal Foundation International
Prize in Medicine has been awarded to Professor Jeffrey Michael
Friedman of Rockefeller University, New York, and Professor Douglas
Leonard Coleman of the Jackson Laboratory, Maine, for their research
into the genetics of obesity. You can read more about this in the
Middle East Monitor. And in our popular Worldwide Monitor section,
there’s a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit which highlights
the urgent need for countries around the world to develop strategies
to tackle head-on the growing social and economic issues associated
with Hepatitis C.
We do hope you enjoy this issue and as always we welcome your feedback.
Good reading – and good health.