Hope for children left paralysed by polio-like illness
A doctor in New York City is having success with a nerve grafting surgery in which he can replace nerves damaged by acute flaccid myelitis and help people like Kale Hyden (pictured) move again. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Factors associated with falls in Japanese polio survivors - Imoto D, Sawada K, Horii M, Hayashi K, Yokota M, Toda F, Saitoh E, Mikami Y, Kubo T.
PURPOSE: To identify factors associated with falls in Japanese polio survivors and assess the extent of their impact. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subjects were 128 polio survivors. Fall history and fear of falling, lower limb muscle strength, gait abili... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Officials say Pakistan on track to eradicate polio in 2019
Pakistan officials say country on track to eradicate polio in 2019 despite Taliban attacks, superstitious beliefs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

WHO Director-General and WHO Regional Director conclude joint official visit to Afghanistan and ...
WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari (front left) and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (front right)9 January 2019 – WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari highlighted WHO’s commitment to the final push to eradicate polio on a 4-day visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan – the only 2 countries where wild poliovirus cases were reported last year. They also commended the governments of both countries for their efforts to provide universal access to health services. Dr Tedros and Dr Al-Mandhari m...
Source: WHO EMRO News - January 9, 2019 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Final push needed to wipe out polio for good, says WHO chief
Failure to do so could see up to 200,000 new cases worldwide every year within 10 years Related items fromOnMedica Texting can improve flu jab uptake Single-dose malaria drug eliminates parasite from liver A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world Common anti-parasitic could be new tool for malaria control BMJ report questions swine flu jab transparency (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 9, 2019 Category: UK Health 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

English toddler left with a paralysed arm because of polio-like illness
Chloe Stevenson, three, from Plymouth, was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis in September last year and is still receiving hospital treatment for the serious but mysterious illness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Top health stories to watch for in 2019
From a mysterious polio-like illness affecting kids to 3D-printing human organs, here are some medical stories to keep an eye on (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical breakthroughs to watch for in 2019
Last year, we saw the rise of a mysterious polio-like illness affecting dozens of children around the U.S., while the work of a Chinese scientist led to serious ethical questions about gene editing. Medical breakthroughs like health devices you can wear and 3-D printing show the increasing power of technology in healthcare. Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning" for a look at the medical stories that will affect our lives in 2019. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health 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

US set for unprecedented outbreak of mysterious polio-like virus in 2020
Since the first known outbreak struck 120 people in 2014, acute flaccid myelitis has returned every other year, in greater and greater numbers - and 2020 could be set to be the worst yet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CHEO confirms 3rd case of rare polio-like illness
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario has confirmed a third case of acute flaccid myletis, a rare polio-like illness that causes paralysis in children. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

Spike in reports of polio-like illness in UK sparks investigation
Public health officials in the United Kingdom are investigating a sudden unexplained increase in the number of cases of a polio-like condition that can cause weakness or paralysis and largely affects children. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

WHO Regional Director praises Pakistan ’s strong political commitment to achieving universal ...
Islamabad, Pakistan, 18 December 2018 – Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, has concluded his first official visit to Pakistan by applauding efforts to boost health and health care in the country. The two-day visit, from 17-18 December 2018, included meetings with several Government officials and field visits aimed at enhancing mutual collaboration between WHO and the Government of Pakistan. The Regional Director was accompanied by Dr N’ima Saeed Abid, WHO Country Representative ad interim, and Dr Zafar Mirza, Director of Health System Development at the WHO Regional Offi...
Source: WHO EMRO News - December 19, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Warning issued over mystery rise of rare polio-like illness in England
Public Health England has warned of a rise in cases of acute flaccid paralysis, a condition believed to be triggered by viruses which can cause paralysis and most commonly affects children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rise in reports of polio-like illness being investigated
Public Health England says there has been a rise in cases of acute flaccid paralysis. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

' Experience to Share': Facebook Page Helps Families Hit by Polio-Like Illness
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 -- Isolated and afraid, Erin Olivera cast about the internet looking for information about the mysterious paralysis that had stricken her 11-month-old son Lucian. She found next to nothing. No clear reason why over the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 12, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Case Numbers of U.S. Children With Polio-Like Illness Hit Record High
TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 -- There has been a record number of cases of a rare paralyzing illness among children in the United States this year, according to health officials. So far, 158 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) have been confirmed in 36... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cases of mystery illness causing paralysis in U.S. kids hit record
158 cases confirmed so far in 2018, CDC says, but cause of polio-type ailment remains elusive (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mysterious polio-like disease has reached a record high with 158 cases this year
Pictured is five-year-old Carter Roberts, of  Richmond, Virginia, who died in September after catching the disease in 2016. Around half of cases this year were admitted to intensive care. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Record number of cases of polio-like illness AFM in US this year
With 24 newly confirmed cases of the polio-like illness acute flaccid myelitis announced Monday, 2018 has become a record year for the illness. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Cases of Polio-Like Illness May Have Peaked
As of Nov. 30, there had been 134 cases of AFM confirmed in 33 states out of 299 cases reported to the CDC. This is an increase of 18 confirmed cases from the previous week, but most of the latest confirmed cases occurred in September and October. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cases of a Rare, Polio-Like Illness Appear to Have Peaked for This Year, CDC Says
Cases of the rare, polio-like illness acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) appear to have peaked for this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Experts have been concerned about an uptick in cases of the uncommon disease, which typically strikes young children and results in muscle weakness and possible paralysis, respiratory failure and even death. The CDC has so far confirmed 134 cases in 33 states — but the agency announced Monday that it expects the number of possible AFM cases to decline for the rest of 2018. While 18 new cases have been confirmed since last week, the CDC says the rate...
Source: TIME: Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

The CDC Has Confirmed a Record Number of Cases of a Rare, Polio-Like Illness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed a record number of cases of the rare, polio-like illness acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). The agency has so far confirmed 158 cases in 36 states for 2018, topping the 149 recorded in 2016. The CDC put another 153 patients under investigation in connection with the disease, which typically strikes young children and results in muscle weakness and possible paralysis, respiratory failure and even death. Despite those inflated numbers, the CDC announced last week that it expects the number of new possible AFM cases to decline for the rest of 2018. The CDC said the...
Source: TIME: Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Dec. 4, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Cases of Polio-Like Illness Now at 134, But Season May Have Peaked The number of U.S. cases of a devastating polio-like disease striking kids,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

WHO Says Spread of Polio Remains International Health Emergency WHO Says Spread of Polio Remains International Health Emergency
The spread of polio must still be classified as a public health emergency because, while progress has been made towards wiping out the disease, that progress is fragile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - December 4, 2018 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Polio-like illness AFM 'appears to have peaked' in US for the year
The number of cases of the polio-like illness acute flaccid myelitis "appears to have peaked" for 2018, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Polio-like disease in U.S. kids appears to have peaked for 2018, CDC says
In 2018, 134 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, have been confirmed in 33 states. Another 165 are under investigation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

After a mysterious illness paralyzed her son, mom turned to polio survivors for answers
Erin Olivera didn't know where to turn. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Cases of Polio-Like Illness in Kids May Be Misdiagnosed
Title: Many Cases of Polio-Like Illness in Kids May Be MisdiagnosedCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/30/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/3/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - December 3, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Some kids with polio-like illness may be misdiagnosed
Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) causes potentially life-threatening paralysis, but experts say it's tricky to diagnose (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Polio-Like Illness in Kids Often Misdiagnosed?
Some children diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) actually have some other neurological disorder, a new study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Polio cases no longer declining; WHO fears global resurgence
Progress has stalled in ridding the world of polio. An emergency committee of the World Health Organization unanimously agreed Friday to continue to designate the paralyzing disease a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern." WHO originally designated polio in this way in 2014, deeming it a health threat serious enough to endanger communities worldwide. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Polio-like disease sparks new sense of urgency
(Reuters Health) - Back in 2014, as Dr. Riley Bove's family was just getting over a respiratory virus, her 4-year-old son suddenly developed some very scary symptoms. "He woke up with a paralyzed arm, neck and shoulder," said Bove, an assistant professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. "I got him right into care. Over the course of the next eight days he continued to get worse and was eventually paralyzed from the face down to his toes." (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

What Do We Know About The Polio-Like Acute Flaccid Myelitis?
We still don't know much about the mysterious polio-resembling illness that flares up every two years, but a new study brings us one step closer. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle, Contributor 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

WHO says spread of polio remains international health emergency
The spread of polio must still be classified as a public health emergency because, while progress has been made towards wiping out the disease, that progress is fragile, the World Health Organization said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FT Health: Climate change and the threat to health
Barry Rassin on polio, nutrition and hunger, scorpion-milking robots (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - November 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Many Cases of Polio-Like Illness in Kids May Be Misdiagnosed
FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 -- There's a good chance that some cases of the mysterious polio-like illness seen recently in U.S. children may have been misdiagnosed, a new study reports. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which causes potentially... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 30, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Polio-like illness mostly of children is focus of 3 JAMA Pediatrics articles
(JAMA Network) Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a poorly understood polio-like illness mostly of children characterized by weakness of muscles and limbs and the presence of a spinal cord lesion. An increase in cases was first suspected in 2012 and some epidemiologic evidence suggests viruses may be associated with AFM outbreaks in the United States in the late summer and fall of 2014, 2016 and 2018. Much still needs to be learned about the cause, progression, biomarkers, prognosis and treatment of this rare condition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Kenya: WHO Technical Team Meets to Assess Anti-Polio Campaign
[Capital FM] Nairobi -World Health Organization's Polio Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is this week meeting in Nairobi to evaluate progress made in ending outbreaks of polio-virus in Kenya and Somalia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases 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

CDC Confirms 116 Cases Of Polio-Like AFM Illness In 31 States
Acute flaccid myelitis generally affects children more than adults, and its cause is unknown. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 27, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

UNICEF, WHO launch polio vaccination campaign in Yemen
Aid agencies have launched a polio vaccination campaign in Yemen to inoculate up to five million children under the age of five across the impoverished Arab state whose healthcare system has been crippled by more than three years of war. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news