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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 19, No. 3, Summer 2003

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To Brace or Not to Brace? Improving Function
Holly H. Wise, PT, PhD, and Jenny Adams, CPO, Coastal Post-Polio Clinic, Charleston, South Carolina

From the Editor
Joan L. Headley, MS, Executive Director, Post-Polio Health International

The West Nile Virus Infection: Like and Unlike the Poliovirus Infection
K. Ming Chan, MD, FRCPC, and Zoe W.M. Doyle, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Center for Neuroscience, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

New SSA Ruling for Polio Survivors with "Post-Polio Sequelae"
Joan L. Headley, MS, Executive Director, Post-Polio Health International

Update on Research Funded by The Research Fund of Post-Polio Health International

Foods that Shutdown Stress
Janice Knight Hartman, Baltimore, Maryland

Mozo Shoes: Easy on the Sole
Debbie Hardy, Volunteer Editor, Whittier, California

Advocate Retires - Stanley K. Yarnell, MD

Readers' Requests

Scooters Purchased

Emerging Horizons


From the Editor ...

Joan L. Headley, Executive Director, Post-Polio Health International, editor@post-polio.org

Thank you for the many positive comments about the organizational changes we've announced. And, please continue to send your comments about the content of Post-Polio Health.

Several support group leaders appreciated the article about Neurontin, because they were concerned about its promotion as the solution for post-polio problems. The alert support group in the Nashville, Tennessee area, led by Nickie Lancaster, had reported to Pfizer, in late 2001, that several members had observed worrisome side effects from Neurontin.

Our lead article addresses "The Question" about bracing that so many of you have asked. Once again, as with exercise, there is no cookie-cutter answer. But, armed with information coupled with an honest assessment of our abilities, each of us can make the right decision.

A summary of the US Social Security Administration's new ruling on "post-polio sequelae" is on pages 6-7. Polio survivors whose condition prevents them from working have benefited from this program. However, this document is not intended to alert employers of pending problems of employees who had polio, for many polio survivors are able to work. Instead, its purpose is to identify all of the possible medical evidence that will be considered when applying for disability.

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