November 8, 2013 |
BEIRUT - An outbreak of polio among children in war-torn Syria has prompted a mass immunization campaign that aims to vaccinate 20 million children in seven Middle Eastern nations and territories, the United Nations and the World Health Organization said Friday. An emergency drive to prevent the transmission of the crippling ailment and other preventable diseases has already resulted in the vaccination of 650,000 children in Syria, including 116,000 in the northeastern province of Dair Alzour, where the polio outbreak was confirmed a week ago, the international agencies said in a statement.
October 7, 2013 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A bomb exploded near a government health center Monday in northwestern Pakistan as anti-polio kits were being distributed, killing two people and wounding at least 12, Pakistani officials said. The explosion in a suburb of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Afghan border, was apparently detonated by remote control. It was the latest in a series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan. A policeman and a volunteer peace committee member were killed in the blast, which appeared to target police assigned to protect vaccinators shortly before they headed into nearby neighborhoods to administer the anti-polio vaccine, authorities said.
July 16, 2013 |
Thanks, ABC and Jenny McCarthy, for making it more likely that today's coddled children will get a taste of the character-building hardship our grandparents endured. Kids these days, they've had it so easy for so long, but they may finally get a dose of some old-world misery -- in the form of polio, whooping cough or smallpox. As a new parent (of twins!), I won't have any of it. You've probably learned by now that McCarthy will occupy a regular seat on the morning talk show "The View" starting in September, presumably bringing along her noxious anti-vaccine convictions . And for those who expect McCarthy's producers and co-hosts to tighten the reins when she spouts dangerous misinformation, take a hint from the no-so-subtle title of the show and put those expectations to rest.
May 28, 2013 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Gunmen killed a female polio worker and injured another near the northwest city of Peshawar on Tuesday, the latest in a series of assaults on vaccination teams working to eradicate the disease in Pakistan. The women were vaccinating children in Kaga Wala, a village perched on the edge of the country's volatile tribal belt, when two men opened fire, said Shafeeullah Khan, a local police official. One of the workers was critically injured in the attack and was being treated for gunshot wounds at a Peshawar hospital.
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April 22, 2013
Hilary Koprowski, a Polish-born researcher who developed the first successful oral vaccine for polio, has died. He was 96. Koprowski died of pneumonia April 11 at his Philadelphia home, said his son, Dr. Christopher Koprowski, a radiation oncologist. In 1950, Hilary Koprowski showed that it was possible to use his live-virus oral vaccine against polio, which had plagued the United States and other countries for decades. Another researcher, Dr. Albert Sabin, would win the race to get an oral vaccine licensed in the U.S. while Jonas Salk would develop an injectable vaccine that eliminated much of the disease in the country.
April 11, 2013 |
Things aren't going so well for Matt Lauer lately. The once-beloved "Today" host has taken a beating in the media, sparked by the awkward departure of co-host Ann Curry from the NBC show. Last month, the New York Times ran a front-page story discussing Lauer's dwindling popularity, and to make matters worse, the show's ratings have been in decline. While "Today" was once the champ of the network morning shows, it's now regularly ranked second behind ABC's "Good Morning America. " RATINGS: Cable versus broadcast shows But at least we know that Lauer is reading his own press, both good and bad. According to the New York Post, Lauer recently poked fun at his own troubles while hosting the UJA Federation of New York's Broadcast Cable & Film Division event.