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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...

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2008-03-26 14:00:00

The World Health Organization announced on Monday that Somalia is once again free of Polio. The country has not reported a case of the disease since March 25 2007.WHO's Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) called it a 'historic achievement' in public health."This truly historic achievement shows that polio can be eradicated everywhere, even in the most challenging and difficult settings," said Dr Hussein A Gezairy, Regional Director for the World Health Organization's Office for the...

2007-03-09 09:00:21

By Kalpakjian, C Z; Quint, E H; Toussaint, L L Key words: SLEEP, MENOPAUSE, POLIOMYELITIS, HOT FLUSHES, HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY ABSTRACT Objectives Sleep disturbance in polio survivors is a common complaint, yet little is known about the effects of the interaction of physical disability and menopause on sleep. The purpose of this study was to understand the relative contribution of menopause factors and disability to subjective sleep disturbance. Methods Participants were 465...

2006-06-08 09:05:00

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - The Namibian government said on Thursday it would begin a mass vaccination campaign to combat a deadly polio outbreak after supplies of vaccine are airlifted into the southwestern African nation later this month. Seven people have died and another 27 infected with polio in Namibia in the past month. Namibia's ministry of health plans to begin innoculating people on June 21 using the monovalent Oral Polio Vaccine (mOPV). "The mOPV is currently not available in Namibia but...

2006-04-12 07:25:00

JAKARTA -- Indonesia began a fifth round of mass inoculations against polio on Wednesday, aiming to reach nearly 24 million children in a drive to eradicate the crippling disease. Over the past year polio, once considered virtually wiped out globally, has infected hundreds in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country with 220 million people. "Today, we begin the fifth round of national polio immunization days. The number of children participating in immunization is 23,626,795 from...

2006-03-24 08:47:01

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 200 children in Somalia have been paralyzed with polio since the disease re-emerged in July, and the virus is spreading in the lawless country, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. A nationwide vaccination campaign is being launched on Sunday to try to reach 1.4 million Somali children under age five, the United Nations agency added. "The polio outbreak in Somalia, which occurred in July 2005 with an importation of polio virus, has affected a...

2006-03-16 08:30:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has reported its first case of polio in nearly six years, dealing a fresh blow to a global campaign to eradicate the crippling disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. A nine-year-old girl in the southern Chittagong province was paralyzed in January. Genetic sequencing has confirmed it was the polio virus and that it was closely related to viruses detected in India, the WHO said in a statement. She was the first case reported since August...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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