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2009-01-21 13:43:10

According to the Associated Press, the international effort to eradicate polio was boosted by a donation of over $630 million from Bill Gates and other donors, after the disease spiked and spread to seven countries that were previously polio-free. The money will be donated over the span of two years, according to official announcements on Wednesday from Gates' foundation and the charity group Rotary International along with the British and German governments. However, the World Health...

2009-01-21 11:00:00

Rotary International, Gates Foundation, United Kingdom, and Germany pledge critically needed funds and urge donor and endemic country governments to help end crippling childhood disease SAN DIEGO, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rotary International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the British and German governments today committed more than $630 million in new funds to fight polio, a crippling and sometimes fatal disease that still paralyzes children in parts of Africa...

2008-11-12 06:00:20

PARIS, November 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, announced today that Russia has chosen inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) from Sanofi Pasteur for primary immunization of all infants. The IPV doses are provided by M.P. Chumakov Institute of Poliomyelitis and Virus Encephalitides through a manufacturing agreement with Sanofi Pasteur. IPV vaccination started in the summer of 2008 as part of Russia National "Project Health." Four-million...

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2008-10-16 11:15:00

A recently introduced polio vaccine is four times more effective at protecting children than previous vaccines and has the potential to eradicate type 1 polio in Nigeria if it reaches enough children, according to a study published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nigeria is one of only four countries in the world where polio has yet to be eliminated and 82% of global cases so far this year have been in Nigeria. Polio is highly infectious and it primarily affects children...

2008-08-05 00:00:32

Physicians at the Apple Valley Medical Center want to remind parents to make sure their children have the proper immunizations before entering school this fall. "Preventing diseases is always better than treating them," said Amy Diede, M.D., family physician with the Apple Valley Medical Clinic, located within the Apple Valley Medical Center. "Diseases once common in the United States, such as polio and whooping cough, have now nearly been eliminated by vaccines." Based on guidelines from...

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2008-07-31 07:05:00

"Polio, yellow fever, typhus, encephalitis, smallpox, hepatitis and many other human diseases were eradicated thanks to tests on primates," reads the inscription on a tattered 1970s monument at Sukhumi's Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia province.  At one time, the monument stood in testimony of Soviet scientific accomplishments, but it is now merely a shadow of the revolutionary center that helped conquer diseases such as polio and save...

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2008-07-17 15:15:00

World Health Organization officials said on Thursday that an eight-month-old Pakistani girl has tested positive for polio in an area where militants campaigned against vaccination. Dr. Khalid Nawaz, a WHO official supervising local health authorities, identified the young girl from Ali Gram village in the Swat Valley, where militants had "beaten up" anti-polio vaccination teams. The last confirmed case of the disease in Swat had been in 2003, according to Nawaz. The young girl is infected...

2008-07-11 09:01:07

The 2008 G8 meet at Hokkaido, Japan, has concluded that the G8 countries remain committed to meet the 2015 health-related MDGs. While it has said that there has been good progress in some areas, significant challenges remain to be overcome - a view shared by many NGOs closely monitoring the summit, according to Scrip World Pharmaceutical News. The group of eight countries has contributed to progress in the war against HIV/AIDS and other major diseases like Polio, which it said, are closer...

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2008-06-28 15:45:00

U.S. researchers reported on Friday that a "wimpy" artificial virus protected mice against polio, and the approach might be used to make a range of safer new vaccines against viruses. In 2002, the team at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, created the first artificial virus. They then used it to vaccinate mice, and then infect the mice with what should have been a deadly dose of polio, but the mice survived. "Ultimately we created a wimpy poliovirus that can be customized and does...

2008-06-26 06:00:00

The FDA has approved Kinrix and Pentacel, two new combination products for the prevention of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio. Although the new combinations will reduce the number of shots and increase the convenience for vaccinees, their introduction may cause financial challenges for physicians, potentially limiting their uptake. Sanofi Pasteur's Pentacel is a 5-valent combination vaccine, protecting against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP), polio and infections with...