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Improve Muscle Function?

Post-Polio Health, Volume 30, Number 1, Winter 2014
Ask Dr. Maynard
Frederick M. Maynard, MD

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Opportunity to Participate in Research

Live in the St. Louis area? Are you experiencing post-polio syndrome symptoms? If so, you may be interested in this study. Details.

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Post-Polio in Jerusalem (2012)

PHI awarded $25,000 to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

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Effects of Whole Body Vibration on People with Post-Polio Syndrome

Carolyn P. Da Silva, PT, DSc, NCS, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas, and Yi-Wen Michelle Pu, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

In 2013, Post-Polio Health International awarded its seventh research grant ($25,000) to lead researcher, Carolyn P. Da Silva, PT, DSc, NCS, Texas Woman’s University.

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Role of Oral Glutathione (2013)

PHI awarded $25,000 each to two research groups in 2011. This is the report from the University of Michigan.

Claire Z. Kalpakjian, PhD, MS, University of Michigan, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Summary of Poliovirus Genome in Patients with Post-Polio Syndrome

Joan L. Headley, Executive Director, PHI

In late 2013, Post-Polio Health International awarded $100,000 to the team of Antonio Toniolo, MD; Andreina Baj, MD; Martina Colombo, PhD – Laboratory of Medical Microbiology and Virology, Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences, University of Insubria Medical Center, Varese, Italy, to expand its search for poliovirus genome in various populations.

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Multicenter, Multi-country Study Underway (2015)

Joan L. Headley, Executive Director, Post-Polio Health International

Typical of most studies, the name of the most recently announced study related to post-polio syndrome is long but exactingly descriptive: A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind, Parallel-Group Clinical Trial to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) Flebogamma® 5% DIF in Patients with Post-Polio Syndrome.

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Opportunities to Participate

Opportunity to Participate in Research

For more than 10 years, researchers have explored using IVIg to help improve quality of life of polio survivors. The article linked below lists the medical articles published on this topic. To find the abstracts, go to PHI’s Polio Place

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CDC Study Completed

Frederick M. Maynard, MD, Michigan

Frederick M. Maynard, MD (now in Marquette, Michigan) and a team of investigators from the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, have completed their final report for the study "The Late Effects of Polio: A Model for the Identification and Assessment of Preventable Secondary Disabilities." A summary follows.

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Research - Is It For You?

Roberta Simon, RN, Illinois

Research is an important aspect for the medical community in dealing with any health difficulty that has no previous history of known causes or treatments. Unfortunately, as we are all aware, post-polio syndrome falls into this category. Since many of us have been or will in the future be asked to participate in research, I think it is wise for us to consider a few questions and options.

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