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New nanopatch can be used against polio

A new nanopatch has been developed as a candidate method for the delivery of a polio vaccine. The patch thereby avoids the use of a needle.

Mutated polio virus alert

Bonn - Scientists are reporting alarming findings: a mutated polio virus that is able to resist vaccine protection. The virus was found in victims of an outbreak in the Congo in 2010. The full analysis has only now been revealed.

Polio antivirals key to eradication effort?

The deadly virus polio has started to make appearances in certain countries. The World Health Organization has warned that polio is now a 'public health emergency'. Scientists are looking at new ways to combat the disease.

Op-Ed: Hand cyclist is eager to go even further to help End Polio Now Special

Glen Ellen - With the completion of his 900 mile End Polio Now bicycle tour this past fall of 2013, Glen Ellen/Sonoma resident Steve Brumme is preparing for his next bicycle tour adventure in May of 2015.

WHO declares polio 'public health emergency'

Geneva - The World Health Organization warned Monday that polio has reemerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries like Syria and Pakistan.

WHO starts emergency polio talks

Geneva - The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it had convened emergency talks amid rising concern over polio after cases were discovered in Afghanistan, Iraq and Equatorial Guinea.

Pakistan to use polio vaccine checkpoints in Taliban areas

Peshawar - Pakistani officials said Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to children at security checkpoints in the country's lawless tribal belt to protect against Taliban attacks.

Mass polio vaccine campaign launched after Iraq case

Baghdad - Authorities launched a massive polio vaccination campaign on Sunday in Iraq, Syria and Egypt after health officials found a suspected case of the virus in a young boy near Baghdad.

Pakistan to vaccinate 750,000 children in troubled northwest

Peshawar - Pakistani health teams will Sunday launch a drive to vaccinate some 750,000 children in the troubled northwest, with thousands of police guarding against attacks by militants who claim the polio campaign is a front for spying.

WHO certifies India, other Asian nations polio free

New Delhi - The World Health Organisation officially certified India and 10 other Asian countries free of polio on Thursday, a milestone lauded as a "momentous victory" over an ancient scourge.

Iraq reports first suspected polio case since 2000

Baghdad - Iraq's health ministry said Wednesday it had found its first suspected polio case in 14 years, which could have originated in neighbouring Syria where confirmed cases have sparked a region-wide alert.The suspected case was found in a young boy in Bab a...

10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: UN

Amman - Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday.Mass vaccinations have already been launched in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syr...

Mysterious paralyzing illness in California

Los Angeles - Scientists in California have identified strange and unexplained cases of polio-like paralysis in children. The patients experienced weakness and paralysis, which sometimes followed respiratory symptoms.

Three bomb blasts targeting Pakistan polio team kill 12

Peshawar - At least twelve people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive northwest exploded on Saturday, officials said.The blasts near the Afghan border were the latest attack on efforts to s...

Polio returns to Afghan capital after 13 years

Kabul - Afghanistan has launched an emergency polio vaccination campaign in Kabul after a girl contracted the disease, the city's first case since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.The three-year-old from a nomadic family living on the northeastern edge of the c...

India to celebrate 'victory over polio'

New Delhi - Indian leaders are set later Tuesday to celebrate the eradication of polio, marking one of the country's biggest public health success stories which was once thought impossible to achieve.President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as wel...

Polio vaccination starts in Syria's besieged Yarmuk camp

Beirut - Polio vaccination has begun in Syria's besieged Yarmuk camp, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA said Wednesday.

Pakistan's Peshawar world's 'largest reservoir' of polio: WHO

Peshawar - The World Health Organization on Friday declared Pakistan's troubled northwestern city of Peshawar as the world's "largest reservoir" of endemic polio and called for urgent action to boost vaccination.

Pakistan region to extend polio drive despite threats

Peshawar - Health officials in a Pakistani tribal region Monday hailed the success of an anti-polio drive that had been threatened by a vaccinator boycott and said the programme would be extended.

India's last reported polio victim 'leads normal life'

Kolkata - When her friends, brother and sisters run around playing in their village in eastern India, four-year-old Rukshar Khatoon simply watches.

India celebrates polio success, but sad legacy remains

New Delhi - Teenage shoe-shiner Amit contracted polio as a toddler, leaving him with damaged legs and a twisted spine. He has never seen a doctor and the country's eradication of the disease came too late for him.

Op-Ed: Polio virus could spread beyond Syrian borders — Is Europe next?

The global initiative to see polio eradicated by the year 2018 has received a punishing blow. The wild strain of the polio virus seen in Syria can infect someone without their becoming ill, making "silent transmission" a devastating possibility.

Syria: Polio outbreak caused by Pakistan jihadists

The ongoing civil war in Syria has devastated a country that, two and a half years ago, had subsidized health care. Today, with 7 million people displaced, Syria is dealing with a massive humanitarian crisis, as well as an outbreak of polio.

A look at polio outbreak fears in Syria

Damascus - The World Health Organization has recorded the first suspected outbreak of polio in Syria in 14 years, renewing panic at the collapse of health care as a result of the country's civil war.

Taliban ban on polio vaccine puts eradication at risk

The progress being made this year to wipe out the polio disease is facing a serious threat from the Taliban group in Pakistan.

Global strategy to eradicate polio by 2018

A new global plan from the World Health Organization aims eliminate polio by 2018, provided that world governments can contribute $5.5 billion.

Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill polio vaccine workers Special

Kano - Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram militants have shot dead at least nine female polio vaccination workers in northern Nigeria. The incident brings back to attention rumors that the vaccination drive is part of a Western plot to sterilize Nigerian women.

Op-Ed: A conservative plea: 'Take us back to the 50's, Mitt! Please?'

It isn't very often we see a single tweet and it inspires a column. Today we celebrate the wisdom of a lady calling herself @JanC60 -- a self-described mother of four, a conservative from Colorado who "was asleep, but no longer."

Prozac has anti-viral properties

The drug Prozac has been found to have anti-viral properties against viruses like polio and related infectious agents. The findings could lead to a new class of antiviral medicines.

Fall in global rates of polio

The latest United Nations health report indicates that global cases of polio have fallen worldwide and are currently at a record low. However, this is counterbalanced by incidences in some parts of the world being at a record high.
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The game-changing bivalent oral polio vaccine is used for the first time ever in Jalalabad in Decemb...
The game-changing bivalent oral polio vaccine is used for the first time ever in Jalalabad in December 2009.
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Administering drops of polio vaccine to this child stirred up a momentary protest
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