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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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A Good Night's Sleep

Why is sleep important? What are reasons for poor sleep? What is insomnia? What factors influence poor and “good” sleep? Join Ann Crocker and William M. DeMayo, MD as they explore sleep and its effect on pain and the whole person. This video was recorded at PHI's 11th International Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, May 31 - June 3, 2014.

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A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America

Directed by Nina Seavey, this 1998 film depicts the story of polio's rise to epidemic proportions in 1916, and its eventual eradication through vaccines in the 1950s. The documentary examines America's haunting fear of the disease it could not contain and tells the story of America's transcendence from that fear. The film crew traveled across America interviewing polio survivors, parents, doctors, physical therapists, journalists, and everyday citizens.

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Advice on Solo Aging

Jann Hartman Restructuring of my life after my husband's premature death continues to be a challenge, but the transition has brought with it the realization that I am not truly alone. Faith, friends and family are what get me through one day to the next. Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Aging in place alone with a disability can be easier with “environmental support.” Support can be formal or informal personal support or changes to the physical environment.

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Aging Well in America

This June 15, 2015 airing of Aging Well in America features Bonnie Levitan and Tim Brown of the Michigan Polio Network discussing the late effects of polio. This program was produced by Grosse Pointe War Memorial (WMTV).

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All Walks of Life

 All Walks of Life': a mini film about polio, peer support and friendship. This mini film was produced in partnership with the Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central, Individual Films and the Bayside Polio Group. The Bayside Polio Group asked the filmmaker to produce a short film to communicate polio, peer support and hope. 

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Benefits of Warm Water Pool Therapy for Post-Polio Patients

Produced by Easter Seals Tennessee. For more resources, go to www.post-polio.org/edu/hpros/poolther.html.

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Breathing & Sleep Symposium 2009

The Breathing & Sleep Symposium was a free symposium hosted by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in 2009. It focuses on solutions for people with neuromuscular disorders such as post-polio syndrome, ALS, MS, and muscular dystrophy. They note that people with neuromuscular conditions often encounter difficulties seeking and obtaining proper respiratory care. Too often, primary care physicians, neurologists, and respiratory care professionals treat their respiratory problems as a lung issue, rather than as a muscle/nerve problem.

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Breathing & Sleep Symposium 2010

The Breathing & Sleep Symposium was a free symposium hosted by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in 2010. Defining neuromuscular breathing basics and empowering people with PPS, ALS, and muscular dystrophy to better participate in their own care. The challenge of understanding how to correctly test and treat patients experiencing neuromuscular respiratory compromise falls mainly on pulmonary doctors, neurologists and respiratory therapists. However, equal responsibility lies with patients to learn all they can to contribute to their own wellness.

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Breathing & Sleep Symposium 2011

The Breathing & Sleep Symposium was a free symposium hosted by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in 2011. More and more attention is being focused on the long-term consequences of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). Daytime indicators of a potential nighttime problem, such as: excessive daytime sleepiness, low energy level and lack of clarity of thought, are often early signals of a serious sleep related issue. Recent research findings suggest that Sleep Disordered Breathing is likely to be a risk factor for pulmonary hypertension and consequent cardiac involvement.

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CBC Radio Canada

From the radio station's digital archives are 14 TV and radio clips (spanning the years 1938 - 1995) about the history of polio, the vaccine and current post-polio syndrome issues.

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