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How We Can End the Anti-vaccination Feud

John Hewko | Posted 03.05.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 01.27.2015 | 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."

One More Strain Of The Virus That Causes Polio Likely Eradicated Worldwide

Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living

By: Bahar Gholipour Published: 11/13/2014 01:36 PM EST on LiveScience One strain of the virus that causes polio has likely been eradicated world...

Burka Avenger Joins Pakistan's Fight Against Polio

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

Pakistan's first animated female superhero has joined the fight against polio. In a special for World Polio Day of "Burka Avenger," the Pakistani h...

If You'd Use an Ebola Vaccine, You're a Vaxxer (So Get Those Shots)

Meg Conley | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Meg Conley

If we would get the Ebola vaccine that exists somewhere in the future, then we need to examine our reasons for not utilizing the vaccines that exist right now.

World Polio Day Cuts Through the Clutter

John Hewko | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
John Hewko

Amid a calendar jammed with scores of so-called awareness days, World Polio Day -- observed on October 24 -- is among the most significant and important of this year.

How the War Against Ebola Will Be Won

Darius Mans | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Darius Mans

ll the calls for more international action are most welcome. But we cannot forget that ultimately it is not the CDC or experimental drug companies that will overcome the disease. It will be Africans who will win this war on the ground.

Vaccinations: An Epidemic of Misinformation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Ignorance, false claims to expertise and scientific illiteracy are threatening our children's health.

What It Was Like To Grow Up In The 1940s

Joan Gage | Posted 09.17.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

When I see crowded pools, I always think that such a photo could never have been taken when I was a child in the 1940s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, because all our mothers forbade us to gather in groups for fear of catching polio -- especially in a pool.

WATCH: Getting Ahead Of The Curve -- The Case For Prevention

Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:40 - 3:40pm and 4:40 - 5:40pm EST. The problem with prevention is that when it works, no one really notices. Although perhaps not a...

As the First Female Handcycle Ironman Champion, I Want to Cross Another Finish Line

Minda Dentler | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Minda Dentler

I now understand that my journey is more than the focused goals of an athlete who laces up her shoes or puts on her racing gloves. It is my opportunity to put a spotlight on another finish line that is within reach.

The Enigmatic Legacy of Manmohan Singh

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

A closer examination of Singh's record reveals a combination of both profound failure and accomplishment. Far from being settled, Singh's legacy is likely to remain the subject of vigorous debate for years to come.

Polio Emergency Signals Risk But Also Resolve

John E. Lange | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
John E. Lange

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) did something it has never done in the history of the global polio eradication effort - it declared polio a "public health emergency of international concern," calling the international spread of polio in 2014 an "extraordinary event."

These Models Were Asked To Make This Issue Sexy, And They Failed For Good Reason

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact

Almost 800 mothers and 18,000 young children die each day, mostly from preventable causes. Not the sexiest of statements, huh? According to AdWe...

UN: Spread Of Polio Is A World Health Emergency

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact

LONDON (AP) — For the first time ever, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency...

Young People Lead Grassroots Vaccination Campaign As Polio Spreads Across Borders

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact

Nikzad is on an ambitious mission. And he's not alone. Thousands of young polio vaccinators, just like him, are taking on polio in Afghanistan, aim...