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The number of movies, videos and radio clips with content related to polio in the early days is limited.

Due to advances in technology, the number of multi-media sources for polio and post-polio is constantly increasing.

This section describes what is available and, when possible, links to the content.

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Is Polio Still a Threat?

WomanVision TV, hosted by Nadia Giordana, interviews Connie Anderson, author of When Polio Came Home, and polio survivor, Kathy Hamers.

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Japanese Ventilator Users Network (2004)

In 2004, Adolf Ratzka, Stockholm, and Audrey King, Toronto, two long-term ventilator users and disability advocates, E.A. (Tony) Oppenheimer, MD, So. California Permanente Medical Group, Los Angeles, and Joan L. Headley, St. Louis, traveled to Japan in late June to participate in symposia sponsored by the Japanese Ventilator Users Network (JVUN). JVUN produced this video summarizing the activities of JVUN and its invited guests as they spoke in about home mechanical ventilation in Sapporo, Tokyo and Osaka. 

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Jo Anne Brooks, Life After Polio

A profile of polio survivor Jo Anne Brooks from 2009 on "Texas Country Reporter."  The shows looks at some of the adaptations Jo Anne has made in her daily life having only limited use of her arms.

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Let's Talk about the Spine

The spine and supporting muscles are the support system for all movement. Polio survivors may experience spinal problems directly related to residual muscle weakness or secondary problems related to aging. Some of the symptoms of spine problems can be confused with post-polio syndrome. This video, recorded at PHI's 11th International Conference in 2014, includes information on how acute polio affects the spine, spine problems that can develop later in life, and how to differentiate spine conditions from post-polio syndrome.

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Maintaining Posture

This presentation by Holly Wise, PT and Carol Vandenakker Albanese from PHI's 11th International Conference in 2014 provides an overview of the basic mechanics associated with postural alignment. The physical, cognitive and psychological benefits associated with achieving best postures at rest and with movement are discussed. It also explores effective strategies including the use of assistive devices, bracing, exercise, seating assessment, etc., through the use of case studies.

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Moving the Post-Polio Conversation Forward

Wenzel A. Leff, MD, author of Travelling Without a Spare, discusses his own history of polio as well as provides an overview of the late effects of polio.

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Muscle Toning Exercises [Portuguese w/English subtitles]

Dra. Tatiana Mesquita e Silva, a physiotherapist at the Instituto Giorgio Nicoli in São Paulo, Brazil, demonstrates some exercises that can improve the muscle tone of patients with Post-Polio Syndrome. She holds a degree in Physiotherapy from the Universidade Sao Judas Tadeu (2002). She is currently a physiotherapist at the Federal University of São Paulo.She has experience in the area of ​​Neurofunctional Physiotherapy, working mainly on the following topics: Post Polio Syndrome, hydrotherapy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sleep and multiple sclerosis.

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Pain: It Gets Our Attention

Pain is one of the most common and distressing symptoms experienced among aging polio survivors, reported by 80-100% of those diagnosed with post-polio syndrome and occurring at an average of 9.5 locations.

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Paralympians Affected by Polio

Produced by UNICEF, this video consists of a series of statements from paralympians affected by polio that competed at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

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Polio Entrevista Dr. Acary

A Portuguese-language interview with Dr. Acary Oliveira, Chief of the Neurology Department at Federal University of Sao Paulo's Medical School in Brazil. Dr. Acary discusses the late effects of polio.

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