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Healthcare Middle East Update: 8th November 2005

October was a very busy month for the region as autumn bird migrations suddenly made the distant threat of bird flu a reality for the Middle East. Although we still don’t know how this virus may eventually mutate, regional authorities have not rested on their laurels. They should be applauded for the swift action they have taken to try to fend off any possible outbreaks.

Busy times for the region|~||~||~|October was a very busy month for the region as autumn bird migrations suddenly made the distant threat of bird flu a reality for the Middle East. Although we still don’t know how this virus may eventually mutate, regional authorities have not rested on their laurels. They should be applauded for the swift action they have taken to try to fend off any possible outbreaks.

As avian flu is the subject of the moment, we devote this month’s cover to the issue. In our main feature, we outline the World Health Organisation’s response to the crisis and the steps it is advising others to take. In November’s regional update, we also analyse the UAE’s response. Whilst success can never be guaranteed, a swift programme of action can significantly reduce the chances of a small local outbreak becoming a much larger regional or global one.

Elsewhere, more conventional concerns, including blood pressure and dental cavities, feature prominently in these pages. We learn about a campaign designed to encourage the UAE’s children to take better care of their teeth and another that aims to encourage patients to monitor their own blood pressure more closely.

HCME also features reports on other major developments. For example, recent advances have made heart failure a condition that people can now live with far more comfortably than before.

Breakthroughs are also being made in cancer research. This month alone, HealthCare Middle East finds out about progress made in the treatment of breast cancer and how to help patients choose the appropriate treatment for prostate cancer.

The healthcare industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation and technological progress. We hope that this latest issue of Healthcare Middle East gives you a greater insight into the developments that are shaping your industry.||**||

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