At the time of going to press we were able to squeeze in an important
article on a report by the World Health Organisation at the end of
April which issues stark warning that the world is about to enter a
so-called ‘post antibiotic’ era where minor infections could once again
be fatal. The WHO says antimicrobial resistance – although not new –
has now reached dangerous levels and that the public at large around
the world is now at risk succumbing to diseases like sepsis, diarrhoea
and pneumonia because the antibiotics used to treat these diseases are
increasingly failing to work. Read the report on page 22.
The dreaded polio has returned to Iraq after an absence of 14 years.
And despite a massive vaccination campaign, experts believe vaccination
alone is not enough to halt the spread of this incurable and highly
contagious disease in the country. They say current living conditions
– dire poverty, lack of sanitation and contaminated water exacerbate
the problem and unless these are resolved vaccination alone is likely
to fail. Read the Iraq Update on page 20.
Also in this issue we look at healthcare research in Qatar in our Qatar
report, where we speak to two researchers at Weill Cornell Medical
College in Qatar about their studies. One is looking at how a form
of microRNA helps control cholesterol and the other is mapping the
Qatari genome to help prevent inherited diseases. The report is on
3D printing is relatively new technology and is set to revolutionise
many fields, not least healthcare. A group of surgeons from Kobe University
in Japan has combined the 3D imaging capabilities of Computer
Tomography, with 3D printing, to produce exact scale model of
kidneys prior to surgery. This allows surgeons to practice surgery in
difficult kidney cancer cases. Read the report on page 28.
As usual you will find a wealth of informative news, interviews and
reviews in this issue.
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