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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 06.25.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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...

Polio: Why It Matters To You

Batoul Abuharb | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Batoul Abuharb

The World Health Organization has recently announced that over 20 million children need to be vaccinated throughout the Middle East. This complex task, only complicated by the regional strife, stands as the only solution to preventing the spread of this crippling disease.

Bill Gates' Rose-Colored Glasses

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.31.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

To his credit, Gates is a remarkable philanthropist, and his generosity certainly sets a bold standard for all wealthy people to emulate. Nevertheless, his appears blind to the genuine suffering of people who endure poverty, even in the wealthiest countries on Earth.

Ending Polio In India Gives Us Hope That We Can Cure Other Vicious Diseases

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

India is officially on course to defeat polio, giving health advocates renewed hope that they can put an end to other preventable diseases. Just f...

India Set To Be Declared Polio-Free

AP | NIRMALA GEORGE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — India marked three years Monday since its last reported polio case, putting the country on course to being formally declared free o...

How Nigeria Is Helping Stop Polio for Good

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

As with other health threats, polio doesn't stay neatly with a country's borders. In the case of Nigeria, polio has spread from there to 25 polio-free countries in the past 10 years.

Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2013

Karl Hofmann | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Karl Hofmann

Drug-resistant TB, slowing donor funding, new outbreaks of polio and a devastating typhoon showed how easily progress can stall. Amid these challenges emerged a changing global health landscape.

CDC's Top 10: Five for 2013, Five for 2014

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Despite the cuts, we continue to protect and improve the health of individuals, families, our communities, our country and of people across the globe. It's our passion and what makes us feel so fortunate to do the work we do.

Polio-Free Countries Still Face Threat, Scientists Say

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 11/20/2013 05:03 PM EST on LiveScience An outbreak of polio in a previously polio-free region of Chi...

Polio in Syria: Putting Children Above Politics

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

One of our worst fears was recently confirmed: polio has returned to Syria for the first time in 14 years, infecting at least 10 young children.

UN Launches Massive Polio Vaccination Campaign In Middle East

AP | Posted 11.08.2013 | Impact

GENEVA -- GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations says a massive campaign to vaccinate children in the Middle East against polio has begun after the first ...