A Step Towards a Cure for Rare Polio-Like Disease in Children

Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is a rare but devastatingly debilitating neurologic disease in children caused by a respiratory viral infection. The condition affects the nervous system, in particular the gray matter of the spinal cord which can result in sudden arm or leg weakness, a loss of reflexes, and a degeneration of muscle tone. Children affected may also experience difficulty…



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River D'Almeida, Ph.D

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