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2009-06-21 12:05:00

Brazilian health authorities began their yearly polio vaccination program on Saturday that will immunize 95% of the country's children under the age of five this year. The health ministry says the $24 million campaign will provide 14.7 million children with anti-polio injections. The second stage of the program will be taking place August 22. Polio is an acute viral disease, usually affecting children and young adults, characterized by inflammation of the motor neurons of the brain stem and...

2009-05-08 21:59:36

Children adopted from countries such as Russia, China or Guatemala may not be protected against polio or measles despite vaccine records, U.S. researchers say. Emaculate Verla-Tebit and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland obtained data from 465 children who visited the International Adoption Clinic at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital between 2001 and 2006, and who presented for care within 180 days of arrival in the United States. The study,...

2009-02-03 10:48:00

Volunteers play a critical role in world's largest global health endeavor EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the coming months, hundreds of Rotary club members from the United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Italy, Korea, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean will join thousands of their fellow Rotary members, other volunteers and health workers to immunize children against polio in India and Nigeria. Through Rotary International, the fight against this crippling...

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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...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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