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An Australian Tobacco Plant May Help Us Finally Eliminate Polio
It could lead to a less-risky polio vaccine that doesn't require the actual virus to work. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Australian Tobacco Plant May Help Us Finally Eliminate Polio
It could lead to a less-risky polio vaccine that doesn't require the actual virus to work. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Uganda: Polio Vaccine Drive Targets Refugees, Host Communities
[East African] As part of efforts to minimise a possible recurrence of polio in Uganda, the Ministry of Health will conduct a door-to-door vaccination drive for all children in communities hosting refugees. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - September 8, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

BOMBSHELL: United Nations admits latest outbreak of polio in Syria was caused by polio vaccines
(Natural News) In war-torn Syria, there’s little doubt that the conflict has taken a toll on health. Now, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that their attempt at using vaccines to “protect” children against polio has backfire — infecting more children with the devastating disease rather than saving them. Vaccines make children sick, you... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BOMBSHELL: UNICEF just finished vaccinating 355,000 children to halt a polio outbreak caused by vaccinating children in the first place
(Natural News) UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and partner organizations have been hard at work administering the polio vaccine to over 355,000 young Syrian children. This urgent immunization program has been undertaken in response to an outbreak of “vaccine-derived polio” in parts of Syria wracked by violence. While these healthcare workers certainly demonstrate compassion... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UN completes first round of Syria polio vaccination campaign
UNICEF completes first round of vaccination campaign following polio outbreak in eastern Syrian provinces (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More than 350,000 children vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria & #8211 UN
A United Nations polio vaccination campaign in Syria has provided protection to more than 355,000 children under age five in two governorates, where violence has made access especially difficult. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - August 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What's Not a Target
August 17, 2017Health workers are supposed to save lives and health facilities are supposed to be safe places for health and healing. They ’re protected by the rules of war, but are still being attacked.Health workers.It was really hard for me to get my head around at first —that someone would deliberately harm a health worker. A nurse, a doctor, a midwife. A community health worker delivering polio vaccines. Someone who spent years studying, practicing, sacrificing to save lives.I mean when Imeet a health worker, I ’m often tongue-tied. They practically have celebrity status. They’re doing somethin...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbales Source Type: news

Standard Operating Procedures: Responding to a Poliovirus Event or Outbreak; Part 2: Protocol for Poliovirus Type 2
World Health Organization. 05/01/2017 This 55-page document outlines the strategy to detect and respond to any type 2 poliovirus from environmental sources or circulating in the population post oral polio vaccine type 2 component (OPV2) cessation. It provides guidance to global, regional, and national public health officials and policy makers on the steps required to rapidly notify authorities, conduct an initial risk assessment, and develop an effective response to promptly curtail any type 2 poliovirus emergence. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine
A breakthrough could lead to easier, faster and cheaper vaccines. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plant-produced polio vaccines could help eradicate age old disease
(John Innes Centre) Plants have been used to produce a new vaccine against poliovirus in what is hoped to be a major step towards global eradication of the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Plant-produced polio vaccines could help eradicate age-old disease
(John Innes Centre) Plants have been used to produce a new vaccine against poliovirus in what is hoped to be a major step towards global eradication of the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 15, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio Vaccine - Kano State Govt Immunises 3 Million Children
[Leadership] Kano -Kano State government has concluded the July round of poliomyelitis vaccination of over three million children below five years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - August 8, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Statement of the 14th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus
The fourteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 3 August 2017 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference. The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on wild poliovirus (WPV1) and circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV). The Secretariat presented a report of progress for affected IHR States Parties subject to Temporary Recommendations. The following IHR States Parties presented an update on the current situation and t...
Source: WHO news - August 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Hexavalent 6-in-1 vaccine to be made available to newborn babies
All babies born on or after 1 August 2017 will be offered protection against hepatitis B as part of our universal childhood immunisation programme, Public Health England has announced. This is in addition to continued protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hepatitis B jab to be added to immunisations of babies born in UK
Babies born from the 1 August will be offered new “hexavalent” jab in effort to clamp down on infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancerAll babies born in the UK will receive the hepatitis B jab as part of their routine immunisations from the autumn in an effort to drive down viral infections that cause cirrhosis and liver cancer.The hepatitis B vaccine is to be added to the 5-in-1 jab that is already given to babies across the UK to protect them from diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and bacterial infections known as Hib, or haemophilus influenzae type b, health officials said.Continue reading.....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Hepatitis B Science Society Children UK news Source Type: news

Nigeria: Katsina Clocks Polio-Free 5th Year
[Leadership] Katsina -The Katsina State Primary Health Care Development Agency said yesterday that over three million doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) were deployed for the immunization of over two million eligible children across the state notwithstanding that the state has been polio-free in the past five years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Liberia: MOH Launches Polio Vaccine in Maryland
[New Dawn] The Ministry of Health through its Expanded Program on Immunization has launched the Injectable Polio Vaccine in Maryland County to improve protection for children against Polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - July 5, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: MOH Launches New Polio Vaccine
[NEWS] The Ministry of Health and partners through its Expanded Program on Immunization has launched a new polio vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - July 4, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: MOH Begins Vaccine
[NEWS] The Ministry of Health& Social Welfare through its Expanded Program on Immunization has begun the Injectable Polio Vaccine to improve the protection of children against Polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 30, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UN: Trucks readied to send polio vaccine for IS-held Syria
UN: Trucks readied to send polio vaccine for Islamic State group-held Syrian areas (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

DR Congo polio outbreak 'from poor vaccine coverage'
A strain of polio virus can arise in areas of low immunisation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Syrian Arab Republic
A circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak has been confirmed in the Deir Al Zour Governorate of the Syrian Arab Republic. There is evidence of genetic linkage among three isolates of type-2 vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPV2) isolated in the stool specimens of two acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases with dates of onset of paralysis on 5 March and 6 May 2017, and the contact specimen of an AFP case collected on 17 April 2017. Al Mayadeen was also the epi-centre of the wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) outbreak in Syrian Arab Republic in 2013. Aggressive multi-country polio outbreak response effectively ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Polio Outbreak in Syria Poses Vaccination Dilemma for WHO Polio Outbreak in Syria Poses Vaccination Dilemma for WHO
Vaccinating too few children in Syria against polio because the six-year-old war there makes it difficult to reach them risks causing more cases in the future, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, posing a dilemma after a recent outbreak.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - June 12, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Polio outbreak in Syria poses vaccination dilemma for WHO
GENEVA (Reuters) - Vaccinating too few children in Syria against polio because the six-year-old war there makes it difficult to reach them risks causing more cases in the future, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, posing a dilemma after a recent outbreak. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New polio strategy working in Pakistan
At a busy toll plaza in Kohat, Pakistan, a three-member vaccination team is working fast. Outfitted in blue Rotary vests and flanked by armed military personnel, the vaccinators approach a white van as it pulls away from the scattered stream of traffic, cars rattling east toward Islamabad and west to the nearby border with Afghanistan. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 9, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Hyland Source Type: news

Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 25 May
The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce. Delegates paid tribute to ongoing efforts to end polio transmission in the last three endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. They expressed concern about the continued shortage of inactivated poliovirus vaccine, and noted the urgent need to contain polioviruses in safe facilities, destroy unneeded materials, and appropriately contain resources that can be used for research or other purposes. This has become particularly important since the eradication of type 2 of the wi...
Source: WHO news - May 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: health workforce [subject], human resources for health, health workers, healthcare workers, health care workers, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, Press releas Source Type: news

Health Workers, Facilities Under Attack in 23 Nations; UN Accused of Inaction
May 24, 2017Even one attack on a health worker is one too many.In 2012, two Pakistani health workers were out vaccinating children against polio when they were both shot by extremists. One of them died.The other, shot in the leg, had 11 metal rods inserted into his leg and was hospitalized for three months.In November, I met this remarkable man named Latif (his surname is withheld to protect his security). He is now fully recovered and back to work on the polio vaccination campaign. He told me he never considered giving up.Pakistan reported only two cases of wild poliovirus in 2017  as of May 17 and Latif is dete...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Fixing pharma's broken commercial model
Pharma is fast emerging from a golden era of high profit margins and a largely unblemished reputation that saw the industry ride the crest of a lucrative wave for many years.In recent year, the landscape has changed as leaner health budgets prompt payers to demand lower prices and greater value, empowered patients demand better care, and advances in medicines result in ageing populations with more complex and chronic diseases.Add to that tighter regulations around industry access to physicians, increased competition, a rise in generic medicines and the behaviour of a small number of companies causing scandals that have has...
Source: EyeForPharma - May 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Osbourne Source Type: news

Fixing Pharma's Broken Commercial Model
Pharma is fast emerging from a golden era of high profit margins and a largely unblemished reputation that saw the industry ride the crest of a lucrative wave for many years.In recent years, the landscape has changed as leaner health budgets prompt payers to demand lower prices and greater value, empowered patients demand better care, and advances in medicines result in ageing populations with more complex and chronic diseases.Add to that tighter regulations around industry access to physicians, increased competition, a rise in generic medicines and the behaviour of a small number of companies causing scandals that have se...
Source: EyeForPharma - May 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Osborne Source Type: news

Dr. Julius Youngner, Polio Vaccine Pioneer, Dies at 96
Dr. Youngner was the last surviving member of the original three-man research team assembled by Dr. Jonas Salk to address the American polio scourge. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Deaths (Obituaries) Youngner, Julius Poliomyelitis Vaccination and Immunization Salk, Jonas E University of Pittsburgh Source Type: news

Julius Youngner, Polio Vaccine Pioneer, Dies at 96
Dr. Youngner was the last surviving member of the original three-man research team assembled by Dr. Jonas Salk to address the American polio scourge. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAM ROBERTS Tags: Youngner, Julius (1920-2017) Vaccination and Immunization Poliomyelitis Salk, Jonas E University of Pittsburgh Deaths (Obituaries) Source Type: news

The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping from chickens to humans more readily–bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died. What H7N9 can’t do–yet–is spread easily from person to person, but experts know that could change. The longer the virus spends in humans, the better the chance that i...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bryan Walsh Tags: Uncategorized CDC Disease ebola Gates Foundation MERS outbreak pandemic Zika Source Type: news

Sudan: A Campaign to Vaccinate South Sudanese Who Ran to the Sudan Recently Kicked Off
[SNA] Kosti -A campaign to vaccinated children against polio disease kicked off in the loalii4s of kosti, Rabak, Jabalain and Salam in the White Nile state and will continue for three days, according to the head of the expanded vaccination Department at the Ministry of Health (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 1, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

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REMINDER:The World Vision/CareLink Foundation 6k race is Saturday, May 6th!  You may register at the race starting at 8:15 am. Cost is $50 for those 15 years of age, $25 for those under 15 years.Registration will be held at Pediatric Health's Naperville far south parking lotthat is off the River Road entrance.All funds go to World Vision's clean water initiatives.  We hope to see you there!*********************************************************************From the desk of Nurse Practitioner Josie Dawe:Josie Dawe, CPNPFor World Immunization Week (April 24-30), US medical experts have raised c...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 28, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Nigeria: Eliminating Meningitis, Other Diseases Through Vaccination
[This Day] Vaccines have significantly reduced the threat of diseases like polio, measles, cholera and influenza that were once widespread and sometimes fatal worldwide. Today, more people benefit from safe and efficacious vaccines than ever before - and the list of diseases that vaccines can help prevent continues to grow. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: World Vaccination Week - Dangote, Bill Gates Speak On Efforts to End Polio
[Premium Times] In a push to eliminate polio in Africa and rid the world of the disease, Aliko Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations have engaged more than 138,000 vaccinators to conduct vaccinations across five African countries in the Lake Chad area. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Kaduna Immunizes Community With History of Polio Vaccine Rejection
[Daily Trust] Kaduna -The Kaduna State government and other stakeholders have succeeded in immunizing households in a community with history of polio vaccine rejection for decades in Kudan Local Government Area (LGA). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Henrietta Lacks' Cells May Be Responsible For The Future Of Medicine
When Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old black woman from Virginia, sought treatment for stomach pain at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, doctors discovered a fast-growing cancerous tumor on Lacks’ cervix. Doctors harvested Lacks’ cells without her permission during surgery ― a clear ethical violation today ― in the hopes of using them for scientific research. Those same cells continued to replicate long after her death from cervical cancer, however, and they fueled some of the most noteworthy scientific advancements in modern medicine. Now “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,&...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
[Image from Oregon State University on Flickr]On Saturday, April 22nd, HBO will premiere their film “The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”  We are excited to see the film and thought we would republish a blog that we published back in 2013 to honor the topic. In 2010, author Rebecca Skloot published the #1 New York Times bestselling book titled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  The book is a very thoughtful examination of the moral and ethical principles regarding the lack of consent on Henrietta’s behalf to donate her cells to science.  It is filled with first-hand accounts from her ...
Source: Mass Device - April 21, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog IMARC Source Type: news

Civil Society: “Everyday Things Are Getting Worse” for Children in Yemen
Water delivery in Yemen. Credit: UN photoBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 2017 (IPS)Persistent attacks on health care in Yemen is severely impacting children’s well-being, civil society detailed at the launch of a report. In the report, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, in collaboration with Save the Children, found a series of systematic attacks on medical facilities and personnel and families’ restricted access to health care across three of the most insecure governorates in the Middle Eastern nation.According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), warring parties carrie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Women's Health Source Type: news

On the brink of eradication: Why polio research matters
In the decades since Dr. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine, cases of polio have exponentially declined. Though once widespread epidemic, the highly infectious childhood disease is now close to global eradication. The question remains: why would researchers spend time and resources studying a virus already on the brink of total eradication? (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 20, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Oprah Wants The World To Know Henrietta Lacks Is A Hidden Figure No More
Oprah Winfrey is a one-of-a-kind woman. Her life story is inspiring, her presence powerful and her influence unmatched. And when it comes to successful black women in media, Oprah reigns supreme. But if Oprah is a well-crafted diamond, consider Baltimore the pressure that helped make her shine. She moved to the city in 1976 to pursue her career as a newscaster, which presented both great opportunities for success as well as challenges she eventually overcame. She spent nearly eight years in the city, first working for a local TV station ― where she was assigned to learn about every neighborhood ― and later as a p...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oprah Wants The World To Know Henrietta Lacks Is A Hidden Figure No More
Oprah Winfrey is a one-of-a-kind woman. Her life story is inspiring, her presence powerful and her influence unmatched. And when it comes to successful black women in media, Oprah reigns supreme. But if Oprah is a well-crafted diamond, consider Baltimore the pressure that helped make her shine. She moved to the city in 1976 to pursue her career as a newscaster, which presented both great opportunities for success as well as challenges she eventually overcame. She spent nearly eight years in the city, first working for a local TV station ― where she was assigned to learn about every neighborhood ― and later as a p...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 20, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

On the brink of eradication: Why polio research matters
(PLOS) In the decades since Dr. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine, cases of polio have exponentially declined. Though once widespread epidemic, the highly infectious childhood disease is now close to global eradication. The question remains: why would researchers spend time and resources studying a virus already on the brink of total eradication? (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Who Was Henrietta Lacks? 5 Striking Facts About The ‘Mother Of Modern Medicine’
Hardly anyone knew of Henrietta Lacks’ life story prior to 2010.   That year, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was released, and went on to become a New York Times best-seller. The biographical book told the story of a black woman born on a tobacco farm in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1920 who revolutionized medical research and saved the lives of millions, without ever knowing it. Now, a new film by the same name starring Oprah Winfrey aims to make her life and impact more widely known. Who exactly was Henrietta Lacks? And why is she described as the “Mother of Medicine&...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 19, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Who Was Henrietta Lacks? 5 Striking Facts About The ‘Mother Of Modern Medicine’
Hardly anyone knew of Henrietta Lacks’ life story prior to 2010.   That year, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was released, and went on to become a New York Times best-seller. The biographical book told the story of a black woman born on a tobacco farm in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1920 who revolutionized medical research and saved the lives of millions, without ever knowing it. Now, a new film by the same name starring Oprah Winfrey aims to make her life and impact more widely known. Who exactly was Henrietta Lacks? And why is she described as the “Mother of Medicine&...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is vaccine-derived polio?
Online Q&A on polio: What is vaccine-derived polio? (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, immunization [subject], vaccination, immunization [subject], vaccinati Source Type: news

Does polio still exist? Is it curable?
This is a question and answer about polio: Does polio still exist? Is it curable? Updated October 2012 (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, immunization [subject], vaccination, infectious disease [subject], com Source Type: news

Henrietta Lacks's Cells Made These Breakthroughs Possible
Since its establishment in 1951, the HeLa cell line has been used to study everything from influenza to in vitro fertilization—and HeLa cells can now be found in laboratories the world over. Among the breakthrough medical moments Lacks’s DNA made possible: 1952 Jonas Salk develops the world’s first polio vaccine—but the lifesaving advancement must be tested before being given to children. Enter the first HeLa distribution center, created to produce trillions of cells and expose them to the virus. 1953 HeLa cells are mistakenly mixed with a liquid that causes their chromosomes to unclump, offering a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news