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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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.23.2014 | 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...

A Remarkable Achievement: 80 Percent of the World Now Polio-Free

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

I'm recently back from New Delhi where I attended meetings on global health security, tuberculosis, and HIV -- and very importantly, participated in the World Health Organization's event to certify Southeast Asia free of polio.

Female Polio Worker Brutally Murdered In Pakistan

Posted 03.27.2014 | World

Salma Farooqi worked on the frontline of Pakistan's battle with polio, helping to vaccinate children in one of the world's last havens for the crippli...

India Is Polio-Free After 3 Years Of No New Cases

AP | MANIK BANERJEE | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact

SHAHPARA, India (AP) — The scourge of polio ends in India with a lively 4-year-old girl, Rukhsar Khatoon, who became ill as a baby after her parents...

The War Against Polio: It's Not Over Yet

Kelsey Davenport | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Kelsey Davenport

What sets Rukhsar apart from other polio victims, however, is that she is the last: the last recorded case of polio in India.

Investigators Still Baffled By Polio-Like Illness In Children

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living

A month after the polio-like illness paralyzing children in California made national headlines and a year-and-a-half after outbreaks were first spotte...

The Living Legacy of the March of Dimes 'Poster Child'

Jill Teeters | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Jill Teeters

Donald E. Anderson, aged 73, a retired postal worker in Seattle, Washington, died recently. I didn't know Mr. Anderson, who lived at literally the opposite end of the U.S. from my home in New Hampshire, and he didn't know me. But he has had a lasting imprint on me and my family. We are linked forever, and I hope we can live up to his legacy.

FDR's Lessons for the Global Fight Against Polio

Ziad Haider | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Ziad Haider

FDR provides a powerful reference point to measure the dramatically reduced reach of polio today. During his lifetime, the disease coursed far and wide including through the White House. Today it is endemic in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

Mysterious Polio-Like Disease Appears In Children

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — An extremely rare, polio-like disease has appeared in more than a dozen California children within the past year, and each o...