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Searching the world wide web for "polio" or "post-polio" can result in hundreds and hundreds of hits. This section lists, describes, rates and links to selected sites. They are listed alphabetically within the ratings of excellent, very good and good. The category search tool narrows the list of sites of interest to eleven specific groups.  

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American Society of Virology (ASV) - Polio

From the ASV, in collaboration with educators at the Washington University School of Medicine, are two overviews, "Polio" and "Poliovirus," that include the history of the disease, and the researchers whose work eventually led to the vaccine. Highlighted is a historical look at the early global eradication efforts of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The "Poliovirus" reviews  the virus and its significance as an important model in understanding the replication of animal RNA viruses.

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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Post-Polio Syndrome

From the Paralysis Resource Center of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, this  overview  briefly outlines research consensus about the late effects of polio while recommending patients be sensitive to their bodies' strengths and weaknesses, to avoid overuse, fatigue, watch diet and nutrition and seek appropriate medical and psychological help. Contains links to other web resources as well as topic literature reformation. © 2015 Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

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Disease Control Priority Project (DCPP)

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Family Care Foundation - India

The Family Care Foundation provides humanitarian services and training to grassroots organizations in developing countries. This site provides case studies of the Polio Child Relief effort in Mumbai, India with information and photos of the Mumbai Polio Camp, where successful surgery and rehabilitation are profiled in photos and real life stories. ©1997-2009 Family Care Foundation

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For Some Survivors, Polio Won't Fade Into the Past (article)

A New York Times article by Kirk Johnson, dated February 2, 2010. Features the "oral history" project at the University of Utah, profiling the current status of polio survivors coming to terms with post-polio syndrome.

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Infections: Polio

From the website, KidsHealth for Parents, is this newsletter fact sheet. Of interest to parents, this site provides brief and basic information about the topic including vaccination schedules, frequently asked questions about immunizations, and who should decide when children are immunized. Site available in Spanish also. © 1995-2015 The Nemours Foundation.

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jaipurfoot.org - Orthotic and Prosthetic vendor in India

Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur was set up in 1975. It is a licensed, charitable laboratory in India that provides limb-ambulatory assistive devices, free of charge, to the needy. The site provides good local information regarding the current technology of bracing in India. Of special interest is the information on Disability Camp sites offering free assistive-appliance educational services. ©2013 Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Jaipur

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John & Maggie Prestwich

This site includes photographs, essays, and articles by and about John and Maggie Prestwich, Hertfordshire, England. John contracted bulbar polio during the week of his 17th birthday in 1955. He was completely paralysed below his chin and entirely dependent 24 hours of the day on artificial ventilation to keep him alive. Requiring 24-hour-a-day care, John spent the first 16 years after contracting polio in the hospital. In 1971, John and Maggie were married and went to live in their own home. John was a tireless fundraiser and activist for disability rights.

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Living with Polio

From Medicine at Michigan, a publication of the University of Michigan Medical School,  the article entitled "Living With Polio," profiles a married couple, both with post-polio syndrome who are assessed and treated by physicians, physical therapists and orthotists at the University of Michigan clinics. ©2010 Regents of the University of Michigan

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The Better Health Channel is funded by the State Government of Victoria, Australia. A fact sheet covers polio, symptoms in later years, immunization, risk factors for travelers, where to get help and medical treatment. Written for the consumer, the main site includes dietary advice, recipes, and advice on what type of health professionals are best suited to treat specific problems.

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