You are holding in your hands a great issue of Middle East
Health, with a range of interesting articles, news, product
reviews and new developments in the healthcare industry.
Again diabetes features in our lead story, as it is a major
issue in the region with prevalence rates in many countries
here within the top 10 in the world. However, it is
not the disease itself that we are looking at this time, but
rather a new device being trialled by researchers at Mayo
Clinic that looks set to change forever the lives of people
with Type 1 diabetes. If the device – a combined blood
glucose monitor and insulin pump referred to as an ‘artificial
pancreas’ – proves successful, then sufferers will no
longer have to prick their fingers on a daily basis to check their blood glucose
nor will they have to manually inject insulin. It’s not really so much the
but the unique mathematical algorithm that calibrates the insulin dose according
individual needs, that is the key. Read this story on page 40.
Her Highness Princess Dina of Jordan, the Director General of the King Hussein
Cancer Foundation, made an impassioned speech at the recent World Cancer
calling on world health leaders to quickly translate the ‘25 by 25’ goal on
diseases set by the United Nations earlier this year into a ‘meaningful global
action plan’. Get the facts on the Congress and her call to action on page 32.
An interesting, if worrying, development that made world headlines recently, had
its origins in the GCC. Two men, one from Saudi and the other from Qatar, fell
from what was subsequently discovered to be a novel coronavirus – the same
of virus that caused the SARS scare a few years back. Sadly the Saudi died from
virus and the Qatari is still fighting for his life in a London hospital (at the
going to press). Lab researchers studying the virus believe that it may have
in bats. Fortunately these two cases are the only known infections, but they
highlighted the need for continued careful disease monitoring and surveillance
prevent the spread of such viruses in the future. This and other topical news
are featured in the Middle East Monitor.
Middle East Health visited cities in Southeast Asia recently to gauge the state
health tourism to that region, particularly in respect to Arab patients – and we
were surprised to find that tens of thousands of Arabs visit SE Asia each year
medical treatment. We’re not just talking about cosmetic surgery here, but more
serious medical conditions including cardiology, paediatric healthcare and even
oncology among others. Is this a threat to the aim of some local regional
authorities to become a focus of medical tourism? Read the story on page 50
and make up your own minds.
Of course, and as usual, you will find a wealth of interesting healthcare news,
reviews and interviews in this issue. Heading towards what promises to be
fascinating Arab Health expo in Dubai, the regional healthcare industry is an
exciting place to be – and we hope to keep your finger on the pulse of it.
Read and enjoy.