UN - Millennium Development Goals get $40-billion shot in the arm
The globally significant UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – under the banner ‘Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals’ – concluded on 22 September...   
Health - The Internet is complicating doctor-patient relationships
The Internet is complicating doctor-patient relationships Patients who ask their doctor about information they have read on the Internet, or websites that better inform them of their diagnosis, are no longer a rarity. 

Answering the call to heal the sick
Callan Emery speaks to Dr Abrar Khan, senior consultant and director, Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, about his life, inspiration and the organ transplant programme he was invited to establish in the United Arab Emirates.  

Regional Reports
Yemen Report - Pesticides lead to early death of qat chewers
The widespread daily ritual of chewing the amphetamine-rich leaf ‘qat’ is to blame for the growing number of mouth cancers in Yemen, according to local NGO National Foundation to Support Cancer Patients.
Turkey Report - Medical tourism ready for take-off
To investigate the current state of medical tourism in Turkey, Callan Emery travelled to Istanbul, spoke to key stakeholders in the industry there and visited a number of hospitals in Istanbul that treat foreign patients on a regular basis.
Beyond Borders

US NIH entry into Medicines Patent Pool is a welcome first step
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced it will license a patent for an HIV medicine to the Medicines Patent Pool, a mechanism designed to boost access to more affordable AIDS drugs in the developing world.   

The Back Page

Engineers develop touch-sensitive artificial skin
New artificial skin could make it possible to create robots with a grip delicate enough to hold an egg, yet strong enough carry a cooking pot.   


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