Features

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Turning to the private sector
One of the first initiatives of King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud, following the establishment Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, was to improve healthcare facilities in the country and to offer free medical care to citizens and the pilgrims who come to Saudi Arabia to visit the Islamic holy cities.
   
Maternal smoking and neonatal mortality
Birth weight is arguably one of the strongest predictors of infant survival, yet its role as a causal predictor of mortality is poorly understood. This is at least partly because low birth weight (<2,500 g) is a construct of two intricately intertwined components: preterm delivery and reduced foetal growth, or both.
   
News Features

 
Female genital mutilation persists in Arab world
In a recent statement released to coincide with the day of Zero International Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, the UN Children's Agency UNICEF noted that the Arab world had yet to make decisive moves in the eradication of the practice.
   
Sexes and the X-chromosome
“The detailed analyses of the x-chromosome provides sweeping new insights into the evolution of sex chromosomes and the biological differences between males and females.” This is how the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) hailed the first comprehensive analysis of the sequence of the human X chromosome.
   
Freedom at a price
Pakistani labourers sell kidneys to escape bondage
   
Interviews

 
Plastic surgery - The tummy tuck with a difference
Callan Emery spoke to Dr Mohan Rangaswamy, a specialist plastic surgeon at Welcare Hospital, Dubai, about a procedure called lipoabdominoplasty. Although he has been using this procedure since 1995, it is only now gaining recognition.
   

                                  
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