Features

 
Live healthy, or go under the knife
Several clinical studies published recently have confirmed that gastric bypass surgery can reverse type II diabetes within days after the surgery and before there is any significant weight loss.
   
  Conflict Zone
The health system in Iraq underwent progressive decline since the embargo that followed the second Gulf War in 1991.
   
Pharmacotherapy of obesity
The WHO projects that by 2015, around 2.3 billion adults worldwide will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese. As of 2005 the WHO estimated that at least 20 million children under the age of 5 years were overweight globally.
   
Calm patients, reduced sedation
Philips’ innovative Ambient Experience Cath Lab has recently been installed at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi. Callan Emery speaks to cardiologists at the hospital to find out more about this novel catheterisation laboratory and how it is impacting patients and staff.
   
Small gadgets, big impact
There is a continual flow of new medical devices and tools being brought to market, some will succeed, some will fail. Middle East Health looks at a small selection of new innovative devices that look certain, not only to succeed, but have a lasting influence on medical practice.  
   
Are we light years away from Robo habilis?
A European research project has brought the dream of human-like robots closer to reality by creating a humanlike arm and hand controlled by an electronic ‘brain’ modelled on the human cerebellum.
   
News Features

 
First Arab human genome sequenced
An international consortium based in Saudi Arabia has completed an initial sequencing and analysis of the first Arab human genome, as part of a large project to sequence 100 Arab human genomes in an effort to map the unique genetic variations of the Arab population.
   
Hamdan Awards: Australian professor wins Hamdan Award for work with blood stem cells
The internationally recognised, biannual Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences was presented to international and regional recipients in Dubai on 23 September.
   
  Seeking solutions to inequities in health
The World Health Organisation’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health recently completed their report after a three-year investigation.
   
Intensively targeting blood sugar increases risk of death
Several clinical studies published recently have confirmed that gastric bypass surgery can reverse type II diabetes within days after the surgery and before there is any significant weight loss.
   
Regional Reports

 
Mixed reaction to government allowing doctors to carry guns
There has been a mixed reaction in Iraq to a government decision to allow doctors to carry guns for their own protection, reports IRIN news.
 
   
Building capacity among NGOs to combat AIDS
The Sanaa office of the international development charity Progressio is trying to build up capacity among four local nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) with the aim of helping them respond to HIV/AIDS.
 
   


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ate of upload: 16th November 2008

                                  
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