Dr. Jonas Salk tested his polio vaccine on his own family
Rows of iron lungs with polio patients are arrayed at the Ranchos Los Amigos Respiratory Center in Los Angeles.
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Before the mid-1950s, polio was one of the most feared diseases in the world. Caused by a virus, it created annual epidemics. The disease hit children the hardest. Once contracted, the virus replicates rapidly and invades the nervous system of the victim. People infected are generally contagious for six weeks, even if they show no symptoms
The disease struck indiscriminately. Even U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was affected, losing the use of his legs after a diagnosis at the age of 39. In 1938, he founded the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, to fund research into a cure. Roosevelt also founded the March of Dimes, a massive public fundraising effort to aid the afflicted and find a cure or vaccine Read more…
Relax, you can still eat potatoes while preparing to conceive
If you thinking about becoming pregnant, you might want to balance out your baked potato with a side of lentils. That said, there’s no reason to banish potatoes from your life altogether
A study published in the British Medical Journal reports women in the study who ate the most potatoes had a higher risk of gestational diabetes, but if those women ate more legumes or whole grains in conjunction with the potatoes, the risk appeared to be offset
Under Armour’s HealthBox is a sleek fitness-tracking starter kit — in a pricey box
LAS VEGAS — Under Armour’s answer to getting in better shape lies within this box.
The company revealed a smart fitness starter kit called HealthBox ($400) at CES on Tuesday, which features a web-connected scale, fitness tracker called UA Band (made in partnership with HTC) and a heart-rate chest monitor. You can buy devices separately — UA Band for $180, UA Heart Rate chest strap for $80, UA Scale for $180 — but the set intends to help consumers see a deeper look at their overall quantified health.
The company also announced at the conference wireless heart-rate tracking earbuds (with JBL by Harman audio) for $250 and Gemini 2 sneakers ($150), the first smart shoes that track steps taken, calories burned and distance without the need to be tethered to an iPhone. Read more…
A New Year means a new start, and that goes double for the tech world, since the first week of January is when International CES takes place. The biggest technology show in the world is set to begin Monday, Jan. 4, turning the Las Vegas Strip into a high-tech carnival for nearly a full week.
Each year, CES provides a snapshot of the current state of consumer tech, and, if you look closely enough, plenty of signposts of where it’s going to go in the coming year. Just look back at the surprise appearance of “hoverboards” at last year’s show, which ended up being one of the hottest new products of the year (literally and figuratively). Read more…