October 24 is World Polio Day.
The polio vaccine has been hugely successful. The vaccine is administered orally and only a few doses
will protect children for life. Although the cost is rather low, it takes a tremendous effort and organisation
in order to get it where it is most needed. The Polio Eradication Effort strives to protect children
from this crippling disease.
The 24th of October has been chosen to commemorate the month in which Jonas Salk was born. Jonas Salk
was the leader of the team that invented the first polio vaccine in 1955.
LifeScience Moment: The Prescription Drug Amendment was signed into law."
On October 26, 1951, the Durham-Humphrey Amendment, also known as the Prescription Drug Amendment,
was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The act defined two specific categories for medications:
legend (prescription) and over-the-counter (OTC).
The amendment was co-sponsored by former vice president and Minnesota senator Hubert H. Humphrey Jr. (D),
a pharmacist in South Dakota before entering politics, and Carl Durham (D), a pharmacist who represented
It's a Small World
Lassa Fever Virus
"Whenever you look at a piece of work and you think the fellow was crazy, then you want to pay some attention to that. One of you is likely to be, and you had better find out which one it is. It makes an awful lot of difference."
Charles Franklin Kettering, U. S. engineer