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Friday Talking Points -- The Rehabilitation of Golf in the GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a wrapup of the week that was in the presidential campaigns, and as befitting his status as the Republican frontrunner, we're going to start with Donald Trump.

Africa's 'Good News' Story on Polio, Squelched by its Own Champions

David Tereshchuk | Posted 08.14.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

An excess of caution right now within official ranks might be admirable. But I for one hope that the low-key reporting that has accompanied this caution will not diminish the thanks and congratulations that are due to millions of dedicated health-workers in Africa, both paid and voluntary, for their supremely heartening achievement.

It's Been 1 Year Since Africa Has Had Any New Polio Cases

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact

Tuesday marks one year since Africa has had any new polio cases, a monumental step toward the continent being completely rid of the disease. Since a c...

Nigeria Marks 1 Year With No New Polio Cases

AP | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Once stigmatized as the world's polio epicenter, Nigeria on Friday celebrates its first year with no reported case of...

How to Kick Polio: My Stroll with Kelechi Uhegwu

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
Ebenezar Wikina

World Polio Day is slated for October 24th but I think this stroll cannot wait till then. Kelechi was diagnosed with polio when she was just over 1 year old, and three decades after that diagnosis she tells me how she's been able to surmount the challenges life has brought her way.

Seattle's Polio Vaccination Rate Is Lower Than Many Developing Countries

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living

While the United States' polio vaccination rate among 1-year-olds sits around 93 percent, Seattle's rate is in free fall: Currently, only 81.4 percen...

Africa Is Going To Be Polio-Free Soon

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact

After years of frustrating pushback, Africa may soon be able to declare itself polio-free. The disease that affects mostly children under 5 and can...

'Every Last Child,' or Ways to Mistrust America

Erica Abeel | Posted 06.06.2015 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Admittedly grim, the film is compelling because documentarian Tom Roberts, a sophisticated craftsman, plays the story for suspense: Will the medical personnel striving to stamp out polio succeed in the face of the Taliban's murderous opposition?

The Power To Create A World Where No Child Dies From Preventable Disease Is In Our Hands

Minda Dentler | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Minda Dentler

One month ago, I was nervously holding my 2-month-old daughter in my lap at our pediatrician's office in New York City, waiting for her to get her first series of vaccinations. What would have appeared to be a routine visit was, in fact, a huge moment in my life.

Protecting Society's Most Vulnerable: Our Children

Dr. Olga Popova | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Dr. Olga Popova

Now, during World Immunization Week, as we celebrate the exceptional commitment of mothers worldwide to protect their children, let us also view this as a rallying call. With 1.5 million deaths each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, there is still much work to be done.

Early and Innovative Research: The Key to Breakthroughs

Jay Scott | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

The early bird gets the worm. Slow and steady wins the race. For those of us who are parents, these may be familiar sayings that we tell our children to either get them moving, or instead have them slow down.

Polio, Cancer - One Nemesis May Counter the Other

Joseph Cooper | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

For those of us who were spared by fate and vaccine, Philip Roth's Nemesis charts polio's course and brings to mind the friends and neighbors who suffered the withering and the life-long incarceration of limbs.

The Road To Making Polio A Disease Of The Past

Yvonne Maldonado, MD | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Yvonne Maldonado, MD

We have already come a long way in reducing the total number of polio cases globally, and it is just a matter of time before polio is a disease of the past.

U.S. Senate Resolution Commemorates the Discovery of the Polio Vaccine

John E. Lange | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
John E. Lange

Sixty years ago, Jonas Salk's inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) gave new hope to parents in the U.S. that they could protect their children from what was, at the time, one of the most terrifying diseases facing Americans.

How We Can End the Anti-vaccination Feud

John Hewko | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
John Hewko

Human nature is human nature, and people with firm beliefs will push back defensively if they feel threatened. The heavy-handed approach often doesn't work.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

For Younger Americans, Measles And Polio Seem Like Distant Threats

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living

In the wake of recent measles outbreaks, pollsters have noticed a trend: Younger Americans are considerably less convinced of vaccines' safety, less l...

Abolishing Polio's Hold on Pakistan

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Aseefa Bhutto Zardari

Even for Pakistan-watchers who privilige nuance over sensation, the question of why our country continues to grapple with a disease that has been preventable for over half a century, certainly begs an answer.

The World Finally Has Chance To Eliminate These Deadly Diseases

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living

By Alex Whiting LONDON, Feb 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is a little known disease but it could make medical history if scient...

Progress Toward a Polio-Free Africa: The View From Cameroon

John E. Lange | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
John E. Lange

February 11 marked six months since the onset of the last confirmed case of wild poliovirus on the African continent. That is longer than at any time in recorded history. There is now a chance that we are on the verge of a historic achievement in global health: an Africa free of wild poliovirus.

The Consensus Around Vaccines

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Caryl M. Stern

Vaccines only work if we maintain our determination to provide their benefits to our children. When it comes to preventable disease, misinformation can be as deadly, if not more so than the disease itself, both here and abroad.

2015: Full Speed Ahead

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

We are already midway through the first month of the 2015 -- and more importantly, midway through the Decade of Vaccines. With much to accomplish, I compiled a quick list of the 10 advances in global health and vaccinations I would like to see in 2015.

They're Bringing the Plague! Not.

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Warning: Denver talk-radio host Ken Clark tells me the following blog post is a "hit piece consisting of lies and deceit in order to continue to manip...

Polio Cases Soar In Pakistan As Militants Kill Workers Who Treat It

The New York Times | Posted 11.27.2014 | World

Pakistan’s polio crisis has reached new depths this year, health officials say, intensified by a deadly mix of ruthless militant violence, large-sca...

Philip Roth's Nemesis: Polio & Ebola

Nina Martyris | Posted 01.26.2015 | Books
Nina Martyris

Set against the backdrop of World War II, human limitation forms the moral framework of Nemesis, as personified in its protagonist, Bucky Cantor, an upright, young playground director in Weequahic.

Too Early for Flowers, Just in Time for Kurt Sipolski

Loren Kleinman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"Post-Polio Syndrome affects most survivors, in which the muscles become much weaker from overuse and I certainly am no exception. I gym daily, but use a cane often."