Joni Mitchell Taught Herself to Walk Again to Avoid Spending Christmas in a Polio Ward

With her song “River,” Joni Mitchell injected a strain of melancholy into the Christmas music canon. In her real life, Mitchell had a gloomy Christmas season spent in a polio ward. In order to go home for Christmas, she surprised her family and her doctors by teaching herself to walk again. She explained how some of her determination came from not wanting to be a nuisance.
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Polio Vaccine: The Long Road

Dr. Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine changed it all. After the drug was declared safe and effective,. a nationwide campaign quickly followed, and by 1962, the number of polio cases dropped from several hundred thousand to a few dozen. When polio crippled 22,000 people in 1952, doctors put an end to the worst U.S. epidemic of the 20th century with a simple vaccine.
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How to Support Important Causes Around the World

There are millions of important causes around the world, from eradicating Polio to cancer research. It is important to educate yourself on the different causes that impact you, or society as a whole, and see where you can get involved. There are more and more businesses that are using a portion of their profits to support charities, but it is also vital to learn how as an individual, you can support important causes around the world. Supporting important causes isn’t always about donating a large sum of money, although that can be a very helpful action for charities and research centers. But not everyone has the budget to do so, so you may be wondering how you can still get involved?
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DiPentima: SARS-CoV-2 and the animal connection

One of the more interesting and worrisome news emerging from the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic is the number of wild and domesticated animals that have been shown to be able to become infected with the virus. To date, this includes big cats, otters, mink, non-human primates and white tail deer. The virus can also infect many domesticated animals including dogs and cats. The number of species with SARS-CoV-2 continues to rise as the pandemic continues, and more species are tested for the virus. None of this emerging news is a surprise to those studying and planning for pandemics. In fact much of it was predicted and explained in the excellent 2012 book, "Spillover Animal Infections and the next Human Pandemic," by David Quammen.

Six Area Rotary Clubs Sponsored Sixth Annual End Polio Now Walk

Six Sauk Valley Rotary Clubs – Dixon, Rock Falls, Sterling Noon, SVCC Rotaract, Twin Cities Sunrise, and Walnut joined together to sponsor the Sixth Annual End Polio Now Walk on Saturday, October 2nd. The walk which was open to the public began at Centennial Park in Rock Falls and continued along the Hennepin Canal to Rock River at which it turned to return through the downtown Rock Falls along First Avenue until back to East 11th Street and Centennial Park.
Mining Journal

Marquette banded together to fight 1940 polio outbreak

MARQUETTE — Poliomyelitis is an infectious viral disease that affects the central nervous system. Often it only creates a mild illness but in serious cases it attacks the central nervous system and leads to temporary or permanent paralysis of muscles, including those involved in breathing. Historically, only about 1 in 200 infections (0.5%) lead to irreversible paralysis and among those paralyzed, 5-10% died when their breathing muscles become immobilized.

Murfreesboro Rotarian had his fingernails painted purple to show his commitment to eradicating polio

For those who may not have known, October was worldwide Polio awareness month. The Rotary Club of Murfreesboro along with the 62 clubs of Rotary District 6760 recently participated in Purple Pinkie Donut Day to raise funds to combat Polio. During this annual event, for every $25 box of donuts, $187.50 in matching funds from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary District 6760 grants and Dunkin’s Donuts across Middle and West Tennessee and North Mississippi made its way to Polio programs around the globe.

Introduction to immunity: active and passive

Immunity is the body’s ability to protect itself against disease. Immunity can be either natural or artificial. In addition, they can be active and passive. Active immunity occurs naturally in humans, while passive immunity is triggered by an external force. The following are important points that explain and distinguish between active and passive immunity.

What are The Symptoms of Polio?

It is a viral disease characterized by inflammation of the spinal cord and brain stem. There are three types. Nonparalytic polio, which has the same symptoms as influenza and yields no residual paralysis or muscle damage Paralysis can occur, but it lasts for less than 24 hours. This type presents...

December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To acknowledge and celebrate, we would like to highlight Frida Kahlo. Frida Kahlo, born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon, was born in Coyocoan, Mexico City, Mexico. Some may know Frida Kahlo by her eyebrows or elusive self-portraitures. Frida Kahlo’s unknown...
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Voice of the People, Josh Kauffeld

Sadly we live in an age of unprecedented misinformation. Regarding the assertion that polio was cured by the polio vaccine, history tells a different story. The celebrated work, “The Moth in the Iron Lung” by Forrest Maready reveals that the common assertion that polio was cured by the polio vaccine is an obfuscation at best, and a plain lie propagated by the pharmaceutical industries at worst. I would encourage anyone who believes the polio vaccine was the cure of polio, to challenge and revisit their prior assumptions via this excellent work.

Remembering Polio Vaccine

When I was in third grade or thereabouts we all lined up in the school yard to be vaccinated against polio. There was no argument about that. Our parents were well aware of the ravages of polio, having seen the effects first hand. They had all endured World War II and the Great Depression and were not about to sacrifice […]

DOH Reactivates Hawai‘i Immunization Registry

The State Department of Health has reactivated the Hawai‘i Immunization Registry. The immunization registry is a statewide information system that stores and tracks patient immunization records for 25 diseases including vaccinations for polio, tetanus, measles, mumps and now COVID-19. “The Hawai’i Immunization Registry provides health care professionals with a patient’s...

Margaret Lynch née Doyle

Margaret Lynch née Doyle, Marian Terrace, Killarney and late of Glena Cottage, Killarney. Beloved wife of the late Mick and much loved daughter of the late Daniel and Ellen. Sadly missed and dearly loved by her family, brothers Pat, Bernard and John, sisters Dolly, Mary, Una and Phil, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, her step family and her step grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and her many dear friends. Predeceased by her sisters Sheila, Aileen and Anne and her brothers Michael, Dominic, Gerry and Danny.

Diann Murdock

Diann Murdock passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2021, in Cheyenne after a brief illness. She met her husband Bob Murdock while he was stationed in San Jose, California. Once married, they moved to the family ranch near Sheridan. At a young age she survived polio, which spurred her acceptance of Christ as her savior. As they started their family, they moved into Sheridan where they resided for many years. Over time, they lived in several other states, relocating with Bob’s work. They eventually retired in Buffalo. No matter where she called home, Diann was active in her church through bible study and as a pianist and organist. Her faith remained strong throughout her nearly 90 years of life.
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Rotary Club of Salem celebrates a century of serving others

SALEM — The Rotary Club of Salem celebrated its Centennial on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Salem Golf Club. Salem Rotarians were joined by the current and past governors of Rotary District 6650. There are 82 members of the Rotary Club of Salem, and the District consists of 46 Rotary Clubs with more than 1,600 Rotarians from around the area.

Thousands of Fairfax County Children Receive Vaccine after Release

An uptick in vaccination rates has occurred in Fairfax County as children begin to receive the newly released COVID-19 vaccine. Newly updated vaccination statistics show that a total of 21.62% of residents aged 5-11 have received a dose. Although this is a far cry from the vaccination rates that other age groups boast , this is still a significant amount of progress considering the minimal time that has passed since the vaccine has become available for children.