Novartis ’ Spinal Drug Gets FDA Approval, $2 Million Price Tag
(CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment Friday for a genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy that causes infants’ muscles to waste away, potentially killing them before age 2. And then came the price tag: $2.125 million for a one-time treatment. The gene therapy, called Zolgensma, will be marketed by AveXis, whose parent company is Novartis. “Today’s approval marks another milestone in the transformational power of gene and cell therapies to treat a wide range of diseases,” Dr. Ned Sharpless, the FDA’s acting commissioner, said in a statement Friday. &ldqu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Novartis Source Type: news

To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics
Paralysis cases spiked after a vaccination drive was derailed by false rumors that dozens of children had collapsed and died. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Poliomyelitis Vaccination and Immunization Pakistan Afghanistan Politics and Government Rotary Clubs International Paralysis Twitter Khan, Imran Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lagos Dismisses Allegation of Sabotage Against Polio Vaccination
[This Day] The Lagos State Government has clarified that no Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) was engaged in the recent vaccination against polio campaign in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 24, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics
Paralysis cases spiked after a vaccination drive was derailed by false rumors that dozens of children had collapsed and died. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Poliomyelitis Vaccination and Immunization Pakistan Afghanistan Politics and Government Source Type: news

Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict
 Washington – There were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports and patients in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition reported today. At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured. This marks an increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the Coalition reported 701 such instances. The Coalition’s sixth annual report documents attacks on vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, community volunteers, drivers and guards, in violation of international norms and i...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio - Ogun to Immunise 1.2 Million Children
[Daily Trust] The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, says about 1.2 million children under the age of five are expected to be immunise during the ongoing Outbreak Response (OBR) campaign. He spoke yesterday while monitoring the OBR campaign against the circulating vaccination derived polio virus in the southwest,t at Imoba Community in Ifo Local Government Area of the st. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Fights to End Polio, Contain Ebola Made Tougher By Violence - Researchers
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -Documented attacks on health workers in conflict areas increased dramatically last year, endangering both children waiting for polio vaccines and efforts to contain the latest outbreak of Ebola, research showed on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 16, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

2018 a Year of Dangerous Attacks on Health Workers, Facilities
May 14, 2019 WashingtonThere were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports, and patients in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, the  Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition reported today. At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured. This marks an increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the coalition reported 701 such instances.The coalition ’s sixth annual report documents attacks on vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, community volunteers, drivers, and guards, in violation of international norms an...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Policy & Advocacy Source Type: news

Washington State Limits Exemptions for Children Not Being Vaccinated
(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The state saw more than 70 cases of measles this year, and Inslee signed the bill at Vancouver City Hall, in the county where most of those cases were centered. The new law takes effect at the end of July. Inslee said that while the bill was an important step in public health, he warned it doesn’t do “everything ne...
Source: TIME: Health - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GILLIAN FLACCUS and RACHEL LA CORTE / AP Tags: Uncategorized measles onetime washington Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Health - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

Mozambique: Father Vaccinates Community After Daughter Paralyzed By Polio in Mozambique
[WHO] After his six year-old daughter Jemita was diagnosed with polio in December 2018, Firmino Arlindo became an advocate for the polio vaccine, going door to door to talk to families about the importance of protecting their children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 2, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Opting In - The Value of Vaccines
[IPS] United Nations -Since the introduction of vaccines, diseases such as measles and polio were quickly becoming a thing of the past. However, the world's progress on immunisation is now being threatened. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 2, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Opting In: The Value of Vaccines
A young boy in Pakistan receives an oral polio vaccine (OPV). Over the last 30 years huge progress has been made against polio and it is now only endemic in 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with only 33 cases confirmed cases last year. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 1 2019 (IPS) Since the introduction of vaccines, diseases such as measles and polio were quickly becoming a thing of the past. However, the world’s progress on immunisation is now being threatened. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 85 percent of the world’s children received basic va...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations diptheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) human papillomavirus (HPV) Measles Vaccines World Health Organ Source Type: news

Pakistan ’ s War on Polio Falters Amid Attacks on Health Workers and Mistrust
Pakistani officials had hoped that 2019 would be the year they declared victory against the disease. But attacks and mistrust of vaccinations make that goal unlikely. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SALMAN MASOOD Tags: Poliomyelitis Vaccination and Immunization Islamabad (Pakistan) Buner District (Pakistan) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province (Pakistan) Source Type: news

Pakistan anti-vaccination movement leads to string of deadly attacks
A string of deadly attacks in Pakistan targeting healthcare workers has sparked fears that the spread of misinformation is fueling a resurgence of violence against those attempting to rid the country of polio. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Polio vaccination push turns deadly in Pakistan as Osama bin Laden's legacy sparks fresh violence
A closer look at the day's most notable stories with The National's Jonathon Gatehouse: polio vaccination teams attacked, clinic torched in Pakistan; with more provinces leaning Conservative, federal politicians face interesting times; Japan and France have lessons for Canadian workplaces. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/The National Source Type: news

City to counter anti-vaccine information after hearing from this survivor
Toronto's board of health will develop a strategy to counter false information about the safety of vaccines, officials decided on Monday after hearing from a woman who contracted polio at a young age. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Childhood vaccines: Tough questions, straight answers
Do vaccines cause autism? Is it OK to skip certain vaccines? Get the facts on these and other common questions. Childhood vaccines protect children from a variety of serious or potentially fatal diseases, including diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and others. If these diseases seem uncommon -- or even unheard of [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 3, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

A Mysterious, Paralyzing Illness in Kids Is Worrying U.S. Health Officials: New Report
(NEW YORK) — One morning last fall, 4-year-old Joey Wilcox woke up with the left side of his face drooping. It was the first sign of an unfolding nightmare. Three days later, Joey was in a hospital intensive care unit, unable to move his arms or legs or sit up. Spinal taps and other tests failed to find a cause. Doctors worried he was about to lose the ability to breathe. “It’s devastating,” said his father, Jeremy Wilcox, of Herndon, Virginia. “Your healthy child can catch a cold — and then become paralyzed.” Joey, who survived but still suffers some of the effects, was one of 228...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MIKE STOBBE / AP Tags: Uncategorized illness medical onetime Source Type: news

Nanovaccine boosts immunity in sufferers of metabolic syndrome
(Cornell University) A new class of biomaterial developed by Cornell researchers for an infectious disease nanovaccine effectively boosted immunity in mice with metabolic disorders linked to gut bacteria - a population that shows resistance to traditional flu and polio vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Somalia: Major Polio Vaccination Drive Starts Throughout the Country
[Dalsan Radio] Somalia kicked off a countrywide polio campaign, as part of ongoing efforts to sustain polio immunity and protection in response to the outbreaks of two strains of poliovirus currently circulating. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How Long Does Fecal Shedding Occur for Oral Vaccines?
Discussion Vaccination has reduced infectious disease morbidity and mortality since its introduction. Vaccines can be given intramuscularly, subcutaneously or orally. Oral virus vaccines currently used in the US include rotavirus, cholera, typhoid and adenovirus. Adenovirus vaccine is used in military personnel. As these are attenuated viruses there is concern for household contacts who are immunocompromised who may inadvertently be exposed to the virus through fecal shedding. Additionally, there is a concern that the attenuated virus may mutate and revert back to its wild-form and potentially cause disease. Injectable po...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 25, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.1 Million Children to Be Immunised Against Polio in Adamawa
[Daily Trust] No fewer than 1.13 million children are expected to be vaccinated against polio in the ongoing four-day house-to-house immunisation exercise in Adamawa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Here's what Big Pharma and the CDC acknowledge about the HARMFUL side effects of vaccines
(Natural News) The number of vaccinations mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has risen sharply in recent decades. These medical interventions are touted as full-proof solutions to many previously common “childhood” illnesses, including measles, mumps and chicken pox, as well as more serious diseases like polio and smallpox. As dependence on... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: South Africa Bids to Regain WHO Polio-Free Certification
[Daily Maverick] South Africa is part of a 'pariah' group of countries that are not certified polio-free, thanks to weaknesses in our surveillance and vaccination programme. The Department of Health is determined to win back its certificate in April, and it launched an immunisation survey last week to check on the nation's vaccination rate. But we should never have lost the certificate in the first place. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 11, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Some Anti-Vaxxers Aren ’t Getting Their Pets Vaccinated. Here’s Why That’s So Dangerous
Dogs can’t get autism, and even if they could, vaccines couldn’t cause it. Period. But some anti-vaxxers are increasingly making the same unfounded claims about pets and vaccines they’ve been repeating about children and vaccines for the past 20 years: that vaccines are unnecessary, dangerous and that they can cause a form of (canine) autism, along with other diseases. Just as with kids, that may be driving down pet vaccination rates. And the movement, while niche, shows no sign of stopping; in some states in the U.S., anti-vax activists have recently agitated to make state laws about mandatory pet vaccin...
Source: TIME: Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime Pets Source Type: news

Some Anti-Vaxxers Aren ’t Getting Their Pets Vaccinated. Here’s Why That’s So Dangerous
Dogs can’t get autism, and even if they could, vaccines couldn’t cause it. Period. But some anti-vaxxers are increasingly making the same unfounded claims about pets and vaccines they’ve been repeating about children and vaccines for the past 20 years: that vaccines are unnecessary, dangerous and that they can cause a form of (canine) autism, along with other diseases. Just as with kids, that may be driving down pet vaccination rates. And the movement, while niche, shows no sign of stopping; in some states in the U.S., anti-vax activists have recently agitated to make state laws about mandatory pet vaccin...
Source: TIME: Science - March 8, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized onetime Pets Source Type: news

As polio goal nears, Pakistan pushes against vaccine misinformation
As Pakistan closes in on eradicating polio, Prime Minister Imran Khan's office has urged the country's telecoms regulator to take action against misinformation spread on social media discouraging vaccination against it and other diseases. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

‘Propagating These Lies Is Dangerous.’ Ohio Teen Vaccinated Against His Mother’s Wishes Calls for End to Misinformation
The Ohio teenager who made headlines for getting vaccinated against his mother’s wishes told the Senate on Tuesday that spreading vaccine misinformation is dangerous — but urged the public not to vilify those who do so. “Approaching this issue with the concern of education and addressing misinformation properly can cause change, as it did for me,” 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger said while testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday. “Although the debate around vaccines is not necessarily centered around information, and concerns for health and sa...
Source: TIME: Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime vaccines Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 – Indonesia
On 12 February, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed in Papua province, Indonesia. Two genetically-linked VDPV1 viruses were isolated from a child with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) with onset of paralysis on 27 November 2018 and in a healthy community contact, a child whose stool sample was collected on 24 January 2019. The location of this healthy child, with the VDPV isolation, is in a remote village, approximately 3 –4 km away from the AFP case with onset of paralysis on 27 November 2018. Even though this province shares a border with Papua New Guinea, this outbreak is not l...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 27, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Diagnose Lyme disease from rash alone
GPs told not to wait for the results of blood tests before starting antibiotics if rash present Related items fromOnMedica TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s Rare polio-like illness on the rise MPs call for urgent action on antimicrobial resistance Chief medical officer launches push for flu jab drive (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors race to find out more about polio-like disease AFM before next wave
AFM is a devastating illness that is being compared to a modern day Polio because of their similar paralyzing symptoms. It has no vaccine or cure. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Vaccination Still Needed to Keep Frightful Polio Away
The bottom line: Polio, a disease that once terrified Americans, is a vaccine success story. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly disease caused by a virus. Even though polio cases are rare, parents need to be vigilant about vaccinating their kids to keep it from returning to the United States. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Why Surveillance of Essential Vaccines is Important
[allAfrica] Immunization is one of the most effective public health interventions that prevent millions of deaths every year in all age groups from vaccine-preventable diseases.  Despite all the efforts by the World Health Organisation to have all children vaccinated no matter their economic circumstances, one in every four children still misses essential vaccines. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - January 29, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mozambique: Polio Vacination Campaign to Target 700,000 Children
[AIM] Maputo -More than 700,000 children under the age of five will be vaccinated against polio in the Mozambican provinces of Zambezia, Nampula, and Niassa after three cases of the disease were detected in Zambezia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The endless hunt for the perfect flu vaccine
We ’ve seen off smallpox, polio and measles – so why does a truly reliable flu jab still elude us?By Jeremy BrownVaccines are one of the great success stories of modern medicine. Because of them we are no longer vulnerable to smallpox or polio or measles. The flu vaccine, however, is a different story.Its effectiveness varies from patient to patient, from population to population, and from year to year. It needs to be updated each season, and even in a good year is usually no more than 50% effective. We may rely on it to avoid catching the flu, but its story demonstrates how far we still are from a reliable vac...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 24, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeremy Brown Tags: Flu Vaccines and immunisation Medical research Health Society Science Source Type: news

UN: 2 polio cases in Mozambique caused by virus from vaccine
UN reports 2 polio cases in Mozambique caused by mutated virus in the vaccine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Outbreak of paralyzing disease linked to non-polio enterovirus through TGen-led study
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) Using multiple genomic sequencing tests, TGen identified a specific non-polio enterovirus -- EV-D68 -- among at least four children, according to a study published today in the scientific journal mBio. The finding is significant because AFM cases are continuing to increase and there has been no official recognition that this disease is being caused by EV-D68, which limits the research community's ability to develop preventative measures, such as new vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 22, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pakistan kicks off year's first polio campaign in 2019
Health official says Pakistan kicks off first polio vaccination campaign for 2019 in efforts to eradicate disease (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

China hit with fresh vaccination scandal
Health officials in China announced this week that they are investigating why 145 babies were given expired polio vaccines earlier this month. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - January 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Chinese police begin new probe into expired vaccines
Police in China's eastern province of Jiangsu have begun an investigation after at least 145 children received expired polio vaccines, the Global Times said on Monday, a new blow to a sector hit by a series of scandals last year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Poliomyelitis - Democratic Republic of the Congo
As of October 2018, genetically-linked circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) isolates were detected in two cases from Haut-Katanga province (Mufunga-Sampwe district) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The first case was a 11-year old child who experienced onset of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) on 6 October. The second case was a 29-month old child who experienced onset of symptoms on 7 October, and is a known contact of the first case. The isolated viruses are a new emergence and unrelated to previously-detected cVDPV2s affecting the country. This is the fourth distinct outbreak of cVDPV2 detected in...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 8, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Gul, 63 – Testimony of Rohingya
As soon as she started talking, tears came to her eyes. If it is too painful, if it brings bad memories to you, you do not have to talk. When I told her these words, she said she wanted to talk, she wanted to bear witness. She works as a TBA (Traditional Birth Attendant) for an INGO. As a Rohingya woman she has less opportunities to go outside than men, but she has a strong will. In her own words she explained what the Rohingya Identity is.   Everyone got scattered on that day. I do not know where my family is. I ran away with my neighbours to Bangladesh. And, Ah, my son and father-in-law were killed by the army and ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Rare polio-like illness on the rise
Public health experts investigate surge in reports of acute flaccid paralysis Related items fromOnMedica Easter travellers warned over Europe measles outbreak Swine flu cases fall but jabs must continue Flu decision delayed for healthy children Vaccine linked to earlier onset of seizures in Dravet syndrome Babies aged 2-3 months to a year vulnerable to measles (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Top 12 Global Health Moments of 2018
By The Editorial Team, IntraHealth InternationalDecember 14, 2018A month-by-month guide to the moments that captivated us most throughout the year.As 2018 comes to an end, we ’re looking back on the moments this year that filled us with joy, wonder, sorrow, and fear.These are some of the ones we won ’t forget:January: A mother and daughter assassinated in Pakistan for delivering polio vaccinesThis was the year we were supposed to eradicate polio, according to thePolio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013 –2018. But there were27 new cases of wild poliovirus this year and it remains endemic in Afgh...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Capacity Building for Fistula Treatment and Prevention in Mali (Fistula Mali) Family Planning & Reproductive Health Infectious Diseases Ebola obstetric fistula technology Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Primary Health Care Source Type: news

Record Count Reported for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness
By MIKE STOBBE NEW YORK (AP) — This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday.It's still not clear what's causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after the children had a fever and respiratory illness.No one has died from the rare disease this year, but it was blamed for one death last year and it may have caused others in the past.What's more, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say many children have lasting paralysis. And close to half th...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MIKE STOBBE Tags: Operations News Source Type: news

Record Count Reported for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness
NEW YORK (AP) — This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday. It's still not clear what's causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after the children had a fever and respiratory illness. No one has died from the rare disease this year, but it was blamed for one death last year and it may have caused others in the past. What's more, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say many children have lasting paralysis. And close to half the kids diagn...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Medical Writer Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

UN: Polio remains global emergency, eradication at risk
The World Health Organization says the ongoing attempt to eradicate polio remains a global emergency amid an increase in cases for the first time in years and a worrying number of outbreaks sparked by the vaccine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Powdered polio vaccine brings hope to Nigeria and Pakistan
New method of freeze-drying IPV maintains its potency in hot conditionsA polio vaccine that can be stored as a dried powder at room temperature could offer a new way to help eradicate the disease, according to researchers.While existing vaccines have led to polio being eliminated in many countries around the world, including the UK, the highly contagious virus still circulates in the populations of countries includingNigeria andPakistan, where it can cause paralysis or even death.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Polio Science Health Society Vaccines and immunisation World news Nigeria Pakistan Africa South and Central Asia Source Type: news