Statins are taken regularly by millions of
people around the world to keep their Low
Density Lipoprotein cholesterol in check
and prevent coronary artery disease, but it
appears from an analysis of global surveys
that patients with type 2 diabetes or
suffering from metabolic syndrome who are
taking statins remain at high risk of coronary
artery disease. This issue was highlighted
at the recent European Society of
Cardiology Congress along with an urgent
call to reassess the management of lipids to
prevent coronary artery disease. Read about this pertinent issue on
The University Hospital (UH) in Dubai Healthcare City is nearing
completion. Partners Harvard Medical International (PHMI) has
been instrumental in planning and designing the hospital. But as
Andrew Jeon MD, the President and CEO of PHMI, says: This is not
just merely putting together another building ... this is the difficult
work of institution building. Christopher Railey from PHMI looks at
this complex process on page 42.
The Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology was awarded to three
US scientists this year for their work in cellular ageing. We provide a
detailed account of their work and explain why it has proven so
important to modern medicine (page 34).
Co-infection with pandemic Influenza H1N1 is becoming an
increasingly worrying phenomenon which raises the possibility of
significantly increasing the mortality rate from the infection. We look
at a report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, which warns that bacterial lung infections are occurring
among fatal cases of patients with H1N1.
There are several other interesting features in this issue. We look at
the French and British medical industries and their increasing focus
on the Middle East as a robust export market. We also look at socalled
‘e-infrastructures’ which is enhancing medical research collaboration
across borders in Europe and the Mediterranean countries.
And, as usual, you will find a comprehensive round-up of medical
news and reviews.
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