A cure for flu
In addition to our usual focus on innovative medical goods and services, this
packed issue of MEH brings you details of breakthroughs in research and
development. After 20 years of painstaking research, it appears that Professor
Nigel Dimmock and his team at the University of Warwick in England are on the
threshold of developing a cure for one of the most insidious of diseases
influenza. If clinical trials go well, and he is confident they will, we can
expect to have a nasal spray in about three years that will permanently knockout
any strain of influenza type A, including the dreaded H5N1 or any mutated form
of it. Page 32 has the story.
Obesity is the scourge of the new century, and experts are warning that if
governments and the private sector dont act now together to prevent it, the
consequences in a few years time will be tragic and costly. Of particular
concern is the rapid growth in the number of obese children in affluent
countries worldwide, many of who are, shockingly, going to die before their
parents. See page 50.
Apart from the usual features, news and reviews, including updates on the
healthcare situation in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq, there is also an
interesting profile on healthcare in Germany as well as an interview with the
head of the Turkish Medical Manufacturers Association.
And finally, among other recent industry events, we attended an intriguing WHO
Eastern Mediterranean Region annual meeting in Isfahan, Iran and bring you all
the key debates and resolutions in a report on page 36. Happy reading and do
keep letting us know what you think.