Welcome to the New Year. We
wish you prosperity, happiness and good health.
This issue is filled with news
of select research that has been published recently in peer-reviewed
clinical journals. The abundance of life science research emanating
from labs around the world and being published in clinical journals
on a daily basis is quite astounding. Scientific endeavour is now
truly prolific. This is great news for the future of health care
as the frequency of ground-breaking and innovative discoveries accelerates.
In this issue we cover a broad
spectrum of news of published research – ranging from cardiology
to synthetic life forms. Highlights include:
– A study that shows outcomes
are better if heart surgery is performed in the afternoon as opposed
to the morning.
– Research that shows a naturally
occurring molecule, Resolvin E1, helps prevent and treat atherosclerosis
– The development of a vaccine
– A new gene-therapy that cures
Also in this issue we look at
antimicrobial resistance which is now rising to dangerously high
levels worldwide. The WHO states that it is a global crisis we cannot
ignore and warns that “if we don’t tackle this threat with strong,
coordinated action, antimicrobial resistance will take us back to
a time when people feared common infections and risked their lives
from minor surgery”.
We report on the historic first
heart transplant in the UAE performed by surgeons at Cleveland Clinic
Abu Dhabi. It is being hailed as a major milestone for the nation.
There have been several interesting
developments in the region. Qatar has set up a national trauma registry,
a first in the region; in the on-going effort to eradicate polio,
the Islamic Advisory Group has issued a training manual on polio
eradication for doctors; and a number of hospitals in the region
have been recognised for their innovative use of information technology.
In world news, the International
Diabetes Federation has released their latest Diabetes Atlas which
shows the prevalence of diabetes continuing to increase worldwide;
the World Hepatitis Alliance has issued a call for improved screening
of expectant mothers and treatment of children; and a Dementia Discovery
Fund has attracted a $50m investment from Bill Gates.
This is but a small selection
of news and reviews in this issue. There are many more informative
articles for you to peruse. Read on.