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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."

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.