News Features

Iraq Report - Hospitals under pressure as doctors move abroad
Dr Muhammad Abdel- Sattar, 36, is packing his bags as he discusses on the phone with two colleagues the best time to leave for the airport.
  H5N1 Update - Researchers identify key step in evolution of virus for human-to-human infection
Since it first appeared in Hong Kong in 1997, the H5N1 avian flu virus has been slowly evolving into a pathogen better equipped to infect humans. The final form of the virus, biomedical researchers fear, will be a highly pathogenic strain of influenza that spreads easily among humans.

Diabetes & primary care - Diseases of Lifestyle
Middle East Health looks at the current state of diabetes in the region and speaks to Dr Maha Taysir Barakat, the medical & research director at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi, to find out what primary care practitioners, often the first line of defence against disease for many people, can do to help alleviate the rising prevalence.
  Emergency medicine - How is WHO responding to global health threats?
The World Health Organisation has long been the brunt of criticism, but with the recent, and long overdue, revision of the International Health Regulations the WHO has a new tool with which it can demonstrate that the organisation is essential to ensuring the cohesive co-operation of the global health community. However, it must overcome a range of technical, logistical and, importantly, financial obstacles to make certain the efficacy of this instrument. 
Pharmaceuticals - The courage to change the rules
Biomedical science and technology are developing at a more rapid pace than ever. Investments in health research and development (R&D) have never been higher – global spending on health research increased from US$30 billion in 1990 to US$105.9 billion in 2001.
  Wound Care - Hypertrophic scar formation following burns and trauma: new approaches to treatment
BHypertrophic scar formation is a major clinical problem in developing and industrialised injuries, and surgical procedures can give rise to exuberant scarring that results in permanent functional loss and the stigma of disfigurement.

Preventive medicine - Collaboration is key
There is a new view of preventive medicine emerging. Callan Emery speaks to Dr Claus Biermann of Philips Medical Systems’ eHealth.

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