The September-October issue is
traditionally our Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) issue and this
year we look at the fascinating subject of hypno gastric banding. This new
hypnotherapy has been causing much excitement in the field of CAM because of its
success as a non-surgical weight-loss treatment. The ever-rising obesity rates
in the Middle East – among the highest in the world – are an ongoing concern, so
anything that can help reduce weight without extreme and costly measures is
worth studying. Read about it on page 60. At Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital in
Doha, researchers are studying a novel treatment for muscle injuries using
platelet-rich plasma. Dr JL Tol, who is conducting the research, writes
exclusively for Middle East Health about this innovative therapy. Find his
report on page 54.
Germany has had a long and generally excellent relationship with the Arab world
and continues to be a key supplier of hi-tech medical equipment and devices. In
this issue we look at the medical export business in Germany and find out why it
continues to be so successful. ‘The Export Genius’ is on page 36.
A number of important and far-reaching healthcare-related events have taken
place around the world recently, including the inaugural Global Health Policy
Summit in London and the biennial International AIDS Conference in Washington
D.C. The GHP Summit was billed as the most high-powered meeting on the subject
of health policy ever assembled, aiming to draw up an action plan to confront
the key challenges currently facing healthcare worldwide. Middle East Health
reports on this event on page 35. And at the AIDS 2012 conference, delegates
came away with the sense that for the first time we appear to be in a position
to beat this terrible epidemic. Some of the key discussions at the weeklong
event are covered on page 26.
Also in the news – as we go to press the uprising continues in Syria, and there
are reports of the Syrian Air Force firing missiles at a hospital in Aleppo. A
doctor at the hospital describes the scene. Staying with Syria, the WHO has
issued a statement calling on the international community to assist Syria’s
neighbours with healthcare as refugees flood across most of the country’s
borders. You’ll find this news and other regional and global news reports in the
pages of this comprehensive issue of Middle East Health.
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