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What is AFM? Everything you need to know about the polio-like virus suddenly affecting children across the U.S.

It’s mysterious, it’s dangerous, and it’s got parents on edge from coast to coast. It’s a medical condition called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. The disease causes sudden, unexplained paralysis, usually in children. Its resemblance to polio has caused the public to take notice.

What Civil War soldiers can teach us about how trauma is passed from generation to generation

The families of American Civil War veterans offer new evidence of trauma's long shadow. In a study focused on the children of Union soldiers who were held in Confederate prisoner of war camps, researchers found clues about the means by which a legacy of misery is transmitted from parent to child.

Paralyzing polio-like illness affecting mainly children is confirmed in 22 states, CDC says

More than 90% of the confirmed cases have been in children 18 and younger, with the average age being 4 years old.

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