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The Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international, independent, not-for-profit organisation of over 28,000 contributors from more than 100 countries, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care readily available worldwide.
The Cochrane contributors work together to produce systematic reviews of healthcare interventions, known as Cochrane Reviews, which are published online in The Cochrane Library. Cochrane Reviews are intended to help providers, practitioners and patients make informed decisions about health care, and are the most comprehensive, reliable and relevant source of evidence on which to base these decisions.
Treatment for Postpolio Syndrome
This Cochrane review was prepared and maintained by The Cochrane Collaboration and published in The Cochrane Library 2011, Issue 2. Postpolio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that can affect polio survivors years after recovery from an initial paralytic attack by the polio virus. PPS is characterised by progressive or new muscle weakness or decreased muscle endurance in muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection and in muscles that seemingly were unaffected, generalised fatigue and pain. These symptoms often lead to a decline in physical functioning.This review found inadequate evidence from randomised controlled studies to make definite conclusions on the effectiveness of different treatment options in people with PPS. Results indicate that drugs like IVIG and lamotrigine or muscle strengthening and static magnetic fields may be beneficial but need further investigation.
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Post-Polio Health International Research Fund
Post-Polio Health International (formerly Gazette International Networking Institute) established The Research Fund (formerly The GINI Research Fund) in 1995 dedicated to “seeking scientific information leading to eventual amelioration of the consequences of poliomyelitis and/or neuromuscular respiratory diseases”.
Post-Polio Medical Article List
References from 2006 – present
PubMed.gov – US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health