Are We Growing Numb To The Opioid Epidemic?
By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (out now on Simon & Schuster) It’s clear to me, as a public health doctor and journalist, that there have been fewer news stories on the opioid epidemic in recent months, in print, online, and on the radio and TV. While I don’t have a major survey to point to, my work demands that I pay attention to this epidemic and the stories written about it — and that I encourage others to take it seriously as well. Have we grown numb to the people who are dying every day? To the families thrown into...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health opioid epidemic Simon & Schuster Source Type: news

MIT researchers devise single-injection delivery method for polio vaccine
Photo courtesy of MIT Although most of the world is protected from the polio virus thanks to a vaccine developed decades ago, some countries remain vulnerable to the disease thanks to challenges posed by a vaccine that requires repeat dosing. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology want to change that with a nanoparticle vaccine that can deliver multiple doses of the therapy in a single injection. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery News. The post MIT researchers devise single-injection delivery method for polio vaccine appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - May 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Massachusetts Institute of Technology Source Type: news

What is BACM?
Discussion Leg pain in children has a broad differential diagnosis and includes more innocuous problems such as growing pains and transient synovitis but also more serious problems including neurological diseases or malignancy. Occult or self-limited trauma are also common causes. A review can be found here. Limping can be painful or painless and has its own differential diagnosis which can overlap with leg pain. A differential diagnosis for limping can be found here. Muscle weakness also has its’ own differential diagnosis which can be found here. Learning Point Benign acute childhood myositis (BACM) has other names...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 21, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Impunity Reigns as Medical Personnel and Facilities across 23 Conflict-Torn Countries Remain Under Attack
This report breaks n ew ground in bringing information providers together and demonstrating the value of collaboration.”TheSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, of which IntraHealth is the communications secretariat and a member,  consists of more than 35 organizations working to protect health workers and services threatened by war or civil unrest. The coalition raises awareness of global attacks on health and presses governments and United Nations agencies for greater global action to protect the security of health care.ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:Access the report hereSee an overview of the dataTake a look at t...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Pakistan Has Just One New Polio Case, but Isn ’ t Declaring Victory Yet
The country has come tantalizingly close to eradicating the virus in recent years, only to be foiled by instability, mistrust and attacks on vaccinators. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MEHER AHMAD Tags: Poliomyelitis Vaccination and Immunization Baluchistan (Pakistan) Viruses Source Type: news

The Smithsonian unveils a portrait of Henrietta Lacks, the black farmer whose cells led to medical miracles
Her cells are responsible for the polio vaccine, gene mapping and in vitro fertilization to name a few. But for a long time most of the public didn't know her contribution to modern medicine. Neither did she because her cells were harvested without her consent. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Progress Toward Polio Eradication — Worldwide, January 2016–March 2018
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 10, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Rotary President Visits, to Launch Financial Support for Polio Eradication
[Guardian] Representative of Rotary International President, Mary Beth Selene, yesterday arrived in Nigeria to initiate a fresh financial support for polio eradication in Nigeria, among other projects. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Deadly Viruses Being Used To Combat Incurable Cancers
Can devastating viruses such as Zika and Polio really provide new treatment options for people with currently incurable cancers? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 8, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Victoria Forster, Contributor Source Type: news

Kenya:Polio Immunisation Campaign Launched in Nairobi
[Nation] The Ministry of Health has launched a polio immunisation campaign targeting 800,000 children. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya:MoH to Vaccinate 800,000 Children Against Polio in Nairobi
[Capital FM] Nairobi -Ministry of Health is targeting to vaccinate 800,000 children aged 5 yrs and below against polio in Nairobi County this week. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How Imams, Royalty and Family Celebrations are Wiping Out Polio in Nigeria
Ramlatu Musaa never met the Emir of Kano State in northern Nigeria. Of course, Ramlatu Musaa hasn’t met a lot of people. She’s only about a week old, born in Kano on April 29, 2018, and yet in some ways, the Emir may have helped saved her life. Two years ago, the polio vaccine was available in Nigeria, but it was still frequently rejected by families. Stray rumors continued to circulate that it was unsafe, able to sicken children and render them infertile. So before one of that year’s national vaccination campaigns began, the Emir—a hereditary leader descended from a ruling family—appeared at ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger / Kano Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

How Imams, Royalty and Family Celebrations are Wiping Out Polio in Nigeria
Ramlatu Musaa never met the Emir of Kano State in northern Nigeria. Of course, Ramlatu Musaa hasn’t met a lot of people. She’s only about a week old, born in Kano on April 29, 2018, and yet in some ways, the Emir may have helped saved her life. Two years ago, the polio vaccine was available in Nigeria, but it was still frequently rejected by families. Stray rumors continued to circulate that it was unsafe, able to sicken children and render them infertile. So before one of that year’s national vaccination campaigns began, the Emir—a hereditary leader descended from a ruling family—appeared at ...
Source: TIME: Science - May 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger / Kano Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Security tight as Pakistan starts 5-day anti-polio drive
Amid tight security, Pakistan launches 5-day anti-polio drive to vaccinate millions of children (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

How Nigeria ’s Start-Stop Immunization Battle Is Winning the War to Eradicate Polio in Africa
The 50 million doses of polio vaccine stored in laboratory refrigerators all over Nigeria had a big weekend planned for them. If things had gone as intended, on Saturday morning, May 5, all of the little vials would have been trucked, flown, biked, walked around the all 36 states of the nation – to be delivered to every single one of the 49,882,036 known Nigerian children under 5 years old. But, as things developed, an outbreak of circulating virus in one region of the country upended those plans for routine immunization, replacing them for now with a crisis response in the affected area. The 50 million doses will in...
Source: TIME: Health - May 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger / Abuja Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Nigeria onetime vaccines Source Type: news

Statement on the death of a WHO team member in Somalia
2 May 2018 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed and condemns in the strongest terms the killing of Mariam Abdullahi Mohamed, a dedicated frontline worker in the WHO Somalia team, who was shot in Mogadishu on 1 May 2018. All WHO staff and the wider humanitarian community in Somalia are shocked and saddened by the news of this brutal attack. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms Abdullahi, who was working to support polio eradication and immunization efforts. “Ms Mariam was a much loved colleague who worked tirelessly to help ensure that Somali children get the best possibl...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 2, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Kenya:Health Scare as Researchers Find Traces of Polio Virus in Eastleigh
[Nairobi News] The government is on a high alert after experts from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported finding traces of a vaccine-derived polio virus in environmental samples from Eastleigh, Nairobi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tracking Progress Toward Global Polio Eradication Tracking Progress Toward Global Polio Eradication
Do we need to strengthen the quality and reach of surveillance to attain the goal of total poliovirus eradication? Where might gaps in surveillance lie?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Kenya:Hopes of Being Declared Polio-Free Dashed
[Nation] Kenya's hopes of being certified as a polio-free country have been dashed after the discovery of live polio viruses in sewage samples from Nairobi's Eastleigh estate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - April 30, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

WHO Director-General visits Saudi Arabia
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, and King Salman Ben Abdel Aziz of Saudi Arabia (right) 30 April 2018, Riyadh – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, paid his first visit to Saudi Arabia Sunday on 29 April to meet with the Custodian of the 2 Holy Mosques, King Salman Ben Abdel Aziz.  “It has been a great honour to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – a highly valued partner in global health, said Dr Tedros. We look forward to expanding on this important collaboration through the coming years. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a key strategic partner both in ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 29, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

How to Wipe Out Malaria for Good
Malaria has plagued humanity for thousands of years. Caused by a tiny parasite transported from person to person by a certain kind of mosquito, the disease poses a risk to nearly half the world’s population. The WHO attempted to eradicate malaria in the 1960s and while it succeeded in ridding many countries of the disease, it fell short of the goal due to growing drug resistance and by failing to focus enough attention on Africa. Every year on World Malaria Day, April 25, the malaria community celebrates progress made to date and focuses on the challenges ahead. This year is especially exciting as just this past Fri...
Source: TIME: Health - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin M. Stuckey Tags: Uncategorized Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Malaria World Malaria Day Source Type: news

From Declaration to Action: Improving Immunization in Africa
Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, got her granddaughter immunized using a mix of private and public clinics. Credit: Veronique Magnin – Habari Kibra VolunteerBy Joyce NgangaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 2018 (IPS)Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, is certain that her grand-daughter needs to get all her vaccines for her to grow up healthy and strong. She uses a mix of private and public clinics in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlement in Nairobi, to get the 15-month-old the shots she needs. Mary Awour, mother to two-year-old Vilance Amondi, also believes immunization is important to protect her ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Nganga Tags: Africa Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

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Polio transition and post-certification Draft strategic action plan on polio transition (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World Immunization Week 2018: Protected Together, #VaccinesWork
22 April 2018, Cairo – This year’s World Immunization Week campaign, celebrated from 24 to 30 April, aims to highlight that protecting entire communities with vaccines protects everyone and so the theme of this year’s campaign is “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”.  Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Studies show that every US$ 1 spent on childhood immunization returns US$ 44 in economic and social benefits.  Immunization protects everyone – from infants to senior citizens – against disabling illnesses, disability a...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 22, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Rocker Steve Harley on his recent hip operations and polio
It ’s 7pm, February 8. Steve Harley, 1970s rock god, whose mullet was on the bedroom walls of millions of girls, is visiting his friends at the home in Suffolk. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Anambra to Vaccinate Over 1.16 Million Children Against Polio
[Premium Times] The Anambra State Government says it will vaccinate 1,165, 024 children in the state against polio during the April 2018 First Round, National Immunization-Plus Days Campaign, commencing on April 21. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - April 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia:Namibia Gets Ready for Polio Outbreak
[Namibian] THE World Health Organisation trained health officers from different ministries, civil society organisations and development partners on standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the polio virus and its outbreak response in the capital recently. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - April 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Bill Gates - Nigeria One of the Most Difficult Places to End Polio
[This Day] The co-founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, has said Nigeria is one of the most difficult places to wipe out polio in the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists hamper polio eradication
Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists hampering global fight to eradicate polio (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Govt Committed to Polio Eradication - Osinbajo
[Vanguard] Abuja -Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the Federal Government's commitment towards the eradication of polio in the country by working with relevant stakeholders to reach vulnerable children in hard-to-reach areas. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - April 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Surveillance to Track Progress Toward Polio Eradication - Worldwide, 2016-2017
In 2017, 22 wild poliovirus cases were reported from two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan), the fewest number ever reported globally. Polio cases caused by circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses increased from four in 2016 to 96 in 2017 because of large outbreaks in Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Surveillance to Track Progress Toward Polio Eradication — Worldwide, 2016–2017
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 12, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Pakistan Launches Countrywide Polio Eradication Drive Pakistan Launches Countrywide Polio Eradication Drive
Pakistan launched a nationwide polio vaccination drive on Monday to try to reach 38.7 million children and eradicate the paralyzing and potentially deadly virus in one of the last countries where it is endemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - April 10, 2018 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Angola:Vaccination Drive to Target 13 Million Children
[ANGOP] Luanda -Thirteen million children are being vaccinated against measles, rubella and poliomyelitis across the country, during a campaign started Monday, Angop has learnt from official sources. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Angola:Minister Calls for Joining Polio Immunisation Campaign
[ANGOP] Gabela -Parents and guardians have been urged to take their children to the vaccination posts to ensure that they get polio, measles and rubella immunisation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - April 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pakistan launches countrywide polio eradication drive
KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan launched a nationwide polio vaccination drive on Monday to try to reach 38.7 million children and eradicate the paralyzing and potentially deadly virus in one of the last countries where it is endemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Pakistan launches new polio vaccination drive
Pakistani official says new polio vaccination drive launched across country, seeking to reach 38.7 million children (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

People can ’t be educated into vaccinations, but behavioral nudges help, study finds
Vaccines were one of the great inventions of modern history. They helped stop America’s polio epidemic in the 1950s, when it was paralyzing thousands and killing at least 3,000 a year. They have prevented the deaths of millions worldwide from diseases such as diphtheria, smallpox, measles and tetanus. And yet many people are reluctant to get their shots […]Related:In case you missed the ‘condom-snorting challenge’ — and didn’t know it’s a bad ideaAs controversial ‘abortion reversal’ laws increase, researcher says new data shows protocol can workA woman s...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chad:Fight Against Polio in Chad, Nigeria - Aliko Dangote, Bill Gates Join Forces
[Cameroon Tribune] The billionaires are funding and promoting routine vaccination to kick out the virus for good. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - March 23, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria:Bill Gates, Dangote Sign MOU With Six Northern Govs On Extension of Immunisation
[This Day] Sokoto -The Co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with six northern governors on the extension of routine immunisation in the region with a call on them to review their campaigns to ensure the eradication of polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Stephen Hawking may have had polio claims California physician
Renowned physicist the late Stephen Hawking may have suffered from Polio, not motor neuron disease, claims leading medical professor from the University of California. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

60 years later, scientist says work on polio vaccine topped his career
Sixty years after he helped mass produce the polio vaccine in England, Alex Kanarek of Rockwood, Ont. is celebrating news from the World Health Organization that the disease could soon be a thing of the past. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Kitchener-Waterloo Source Type: news

Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication — Nigeria, January–December 2017
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - March 1, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Why Flu Outbreaks Have Been the Worst in Nearly a Decade
The only thing worse than getting the flu is catching it after you’ve gotten a flu shot. It’s been a terrible year for outbreaks — the worst in almost a decade. Contributing to that is the high failure rate of this year’s vaccine. The current shot is just 25 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, this season’s most-often-identified strain by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The experts say, with enough time and money, they can do a lot better. “There has to be a wholesale change to how we make the flu vaccine,” said Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Ce...
Source: TIME: Science - February 28, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

CDC Director Resigns Amid Reports of Tobacco Stock Trade
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on January 31, 2018, that Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald would resign as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The statement read, “Dr. Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director. Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period.” The decision came a day after Politico reported that she bought stock in a large tobacco company within a month of start...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 23, 2018 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Nigeria:'Goals of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation'
[Guardian] Dr. Paulin Basinga is the Country Director for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in Nigeria. He spoke to NKECHI ONYEDIKA-UGOEZE in Abuja on why the foundation is investing in polio eradication in Nigeria, maternal and child health, family planning and the Primary Health Care (PHC) among others. Ecerpts: (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

You Asked: Should I Exercise When I ’m Sick?
If you want to protect yourself from colds and flu, regular exercise may be the ultimate immunity-booster. Studies have shown that moderate aerobic exercise—around 30 to 45 minutes a day of activities like walking, biking or running—can more than halve your risk for respiratory infections and other common winter maladies. There’s some evidence that very intense exercise—running a marathon, say—can briefly suppress your immune function, says Dr. Bruce Barrett, a professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. But in general, physical activity is...
Source: TIME: Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Exercise/Fitness healthytime Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Polio Outbreak Threatens a Global Crisis
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE outbreak of poliovirus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is feared to spread to neighbouring countries as thousands flee the war-torn country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Saraki Tasks Gates' Foundation On Primary Healthcare
[This Day] Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to focus on boosting comprehensive primary healthcare in its intervention programmes across the country rather than funding the eradication of individual diseases like polio, tuberculosis and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Polio, Lassa and Yellow Fever - Where Is the Political Will?
[Guardian] Since the conception of Nigeria as an independent country it has struggled with a number of deadly viruses and diseases. The most prominent and reoccurring have been polio, Lassa fever and yellow fever. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - February 15, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news