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Local innovation

It’s always inspiring to see the implementation of local cutting-edge medical practice and research that can have implications for the wider world. Aspetar, the sports medicine hospital in Doha, is a leader in its field regionally and internationally, attracting some of the world’s top sports men and women to its facility for treatment. The hospital continues to innovate. In this issue, Middle East Health reports on one of their new initiatives – the athlete injury and illness prevention programme (ASPREV). As well as providing a comprehensive screening programme for athletes in Doha, a core component of ASPREV is a longterm prospective cohort study designed to identify risk factors for injury and illness in athletes and then to develop prevention strategies to reduce the injury and illness incidence. This is an exciting project that is set to impact sports men and women locally and around the world. You can read the report on page 28.

Also in this issue we publish a report analysing the health status of the United Arab Emirates. A team of researchers look at the ‘big 4’ public health issues. Surprisingly ‘injury’ ranks second, being responsible for 17% of mortality in all age groups in 2010. Read the report on page 46.

German companies developing products for the medical industry continue to lead the field when it comes to innovation and quality. Add to this the close co-operation between companies and scientific research facilities and it’s not difficult to see why they remain so strong and competitive in the global marketplace. The German report in this issue looks at some of the key factors that enable Germany to dominate the European healthcare market and why their products will always be sought after. The report is on page 34.

Elsewhere in this issue we look at the latest developments in the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and researchers’ struggle to find the source of the coronavirus; we also look at the latest World Health Report published by the World Health Organisation in August, which calls for increased local health research in an effort to improve the provision of public health; and staying with the WHO, we look at a report the organisation released recently which provides new data on the leading causes of death globally. Cardiovascular diseases remain the number one killer, however, tuberculosis is no longer in the top 10.

I trust you will enjoy this issue and find the articles informative and useful.

Good health

Brian Wilkie
Publisher wilkiexp@emirates.net.ae

(Sep-Oct 2013)
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