Egypt Independent: Science-Main news en Imitation screws used in operations have devastating impacts on patients <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Aya is a 14-year-old girl who fell down the stairs and broke her leg, which necessitated a surgery. After the surgery, however, the doctors told her mother that the screws they had placed in her leg were replicas. &ldquo;They had to amputate,&rdquo; the mother said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Nasser is a 50-year-old who broke his leg in a car accident. &ldquo;They placed four screws in my leg in a specialized hospital,&rdquo; he said, adding that he suffered from serious complications six months later. &ldquo;They had to replace the screws because they were replicas, but I have not been able to walk without crutches ever since.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mohamed Suleiman is 60 years old. He had three operations done on his arm over a period of six months at the Al-Fanar Center in Alexandria. &ldquo;None of the screws were originals,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Now I can hardly move my arm.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Health Ministry officials told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> that the center and all the shops around it are selling medical tools that are not registered at the ministry, which is prohibited. Yet the doctors from the center are still telling the patients to buy the tools from those shops to be used in operations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Additionally, many companies sell tools on the Internet, such as the Al-Mostafa Company, Al-Tantawi Company and Al-Rahma Company, none of which are licensed or registered with the Health Ministry, but still work with hospitals and clinics in a clear violation of the law.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:52:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2462402 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/11/29/1755/replica_tools.jpeg Anonymous hackers target Iceland sites in whaling protest <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Activist hackers from the Anonymous collective have claimed responsibility for bringing down five government websites in Iceland in a protest against whale-hunting by the North Atlantic nation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The sites, which included the prime minister&#39;s official website and that of the environment and interior ministries, went offline on Friday and remained down until about midday on Saturday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In an anti-whaling video posted on social media, activists called for people to hack websites linked to Iceland to protest persistent commercial hunting despite an international moratorium.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On a new Twitter account devoted to the campaign, screenshots showing the sites down were published late on Friday by activists who said they belonged to the loose Anonymous collective. The government made no comment about the outage.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Iceland is a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), an inter-governmental body which imposed a ban on all commercial whaling from 1986. The moratorium remains in place, but both Iceland and Norway continue to hunt whales.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Iceland has come under fire for whaling for decades, including in the 1970s and 1980s when activists from Greenpeace and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society tried to disrupt annual hunts using boats or by sabotaging hunting stations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Isolated in the North Atlantic with only Greenland as its close neighbor, Iceland has relied on fishing and whaling as a key part of its economy. Icelanders argue whales reduce the stocks of the fish they hunt for.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since its devastating financial meltdown in 2008 and a sharp currency devaluation, however, tourism has boomed and whale tours are increasingly popular.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:28:00 +0000 Reuters 2462398 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/11/01/501010/whale.jpg Berlin hosts 'One God, Three Religions' exhibition <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Berlin will be hosting an exhibition entitled &ldquo;One God, Three Religions&rdquo; in July 2016, following a visit to Egypt in November by the head of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Frederica Seyfried.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The same exhibit was held at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in May, where selected artifacts from the Greco-Roman Museum, the National Museum, the Islamic Museum and the Coptic Museum were displayed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:05:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2462394 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/08/484151/image.jpg Brazil finds Zika virus causes deformities in babies <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Brazilian health ministry confirmed that there was a link between cases of microcephaly, a head deformity, in babies and the Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes that spread dengue.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The outbreak of microcephaly in northeastern Brazil &quot;is a unique situation in global scientific research,&quot; the agency said in a statement.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Health authorities established the link after identifying the presence of the virus in a deceased baby who had been born with microcephaly and other genetic diseases.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The congenital disease results in the formation of a smaller skull and impairs normal intellectual development.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A total of 739 suspected cases have already been identified throughout Brazil so far this year, compared to 147 diagnosed cases in 2014, according to official figures.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The government also reported the deaths of an adult and a teenager in what would mark the first non-infant, Zika-linked deaths in the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The virus, described as a mild version of dengue, has been detected in 18 of Brazil&#39;s 26 states this year.</div> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 12:29:00 +0000 AFP 2462390 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/06/18/43/cfozveow8aivq9l.jpg-large.jpg