Hepatitis C

Here are some depressing facts about Hepatitis C in Egypt.

  • Egypt has the [highest HCV prevelance worldwide|http://www.hubmed.org/display.cgi?issn=07374038&uids=12644558], rural areas have the highest level of infection.
  • In the rural areas of the Delta, prevelance rate of positive HCV antibodies is around [24%|http://www.hubmed.org/display.cgi?issn=00359203&uids=9231192]. Cairo; 19%.
  • It is the [most common cause of liver disease in Egypt|http://www.hubmed.org/display.cgi?issn=00029637&uids=12452500].
  • In Egypt people who did the following are in a [higher risk for infection|http://www.hubmed.org/display.cgi?issn=02709139&uids=11124843]:
    ** previous injection chemotherapy for Bilharziasis*,
    ** blood transfusion,
    ** surgery,
    ** repeated use of syringes and needles.
  • [91%|http://www.hubmed.org/display.cgi?issn=00221899&uids=10950762] of Egyptian HCV carriers are carrying genotype 4. Which has a poor response to therapy, compared to other 6 genotypes.

Updates on personal matters

Well, I didn't blog about myself since this [post|http://whirlpool.foolab.org/node/22]. Three days later I started my General Surgery rotation. It is two months long. I had 10 days in pediatric surgery. Not much work, but the operations are very cool. Not enough to learn much though.

I learned lots of practical skills in the General Surgery and managed to see several operations. Unfortunately, the two months are approaching their end, and I didn't go to the outpatient clinic except once.

Demerdash hospital sucks. Two female patients on every bed. And the patient wards are more of a barn than something suitable for humans. Patients are left at night and one can hardly find a nurse visible. And there are LOTS of dumb logistical problems that delay everything.

After 6 years of not practicing any sport, I decided I couldn't leave my body to rust. I started jogging. Went twice. Last time I managed to do 4.43Km in 25 minutes. I was impressed that I can still run in the first place.


While writing [this|http://www.manalaa.net/node/71], I coined the term CarioChanging. I used it to describe a place ([Sakia|http://culturewheel.com]) that did change Cairo to the better and still has the potential to bring good things to this megapolis.

I borrowed the term from a very popular blog. [Worldchanging|http://worldchanging.com]. They describe their site as:

;:WorldChanging.com works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.

How to search the Egyptian Blogs

Here is how to search the [Egyptian Blogosphere|http://egybloggers.com/]. I guess this would be very useful.


Go to [feedster advanced search|http://feedster.net/advanced.php], type your keyword and then add [this OPML file|http://www.manalaa.net/aggregator2/opml] in the space titled "Limit to feeds in this OPML URL".


UPDATE: the above photos is a bit old please use this url http://www.manalaa.net/aggregator2/opml

One more thing, feedster is a little bit strange. You will have to search every time from the Advanced search page.

Here are several examples:

Blogsome is awesome

Egyptian bloggers listen. You can now move away from blogger. Blogger is fine, there is nothing wrong with it, except that it has none of the features of a modern blog. And to add features, you have to subscribe to lots of third party services that transforms your blog to something similar to the back of a microbus.


[Youssef|http://youssef.foolab.org] is back. As usual his posts are very entertaining and smart. He also finds lots of surprises and hidden treasures. Boingboinged before for his [toilet roll holders research|http://www.devcabal.org/youssef/index.php?p=16]. You sure want to follow his rants and burps.

UPDATE: He moved again, I updated all links.

Hard drive iPods will die soon

If I would like to buy a digital audio player today, I would go for an . Its the dominant mp3 player in the world today. It can carry all my mp3 collection. It looks good and comes with a huge user base.

It's today cultural icon. Its white headphones can be spotted from a huge distance. It is not very cheap but it's a monster, that comes with up to 40GB of storage. So probably worth the investment.

Kodak EasyShare cx7300

I bought a cheap entry level point and shoot camera. It has no features other than it has a good CCD and Lens. For only 800 EGP this [Kodak|http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=9/19/32/1826&pq-locale=en_US] gives you a resolution of 3.2 Megapixels, not bad. I also bought a 256MB SD card so as to carry lots of photos.

Expect some photos here in the future. Part of the reason for buying this camera is that I feel this blog needs some photos. And its about time that I start taking photos of people I meet and places I go.