UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology



Medline NLM definition: an acute infectious disease of humans, particularly children, caused by any of three serotypes of human poliovirus (POLIOVIRUSES, HUMAN 1-3). Infection affects the gastrointestinal tract and nasopharynx, but frequently is asymptomatic. The CNS is affected in exceptional cases, leading to paralysis.

Polio: information from the NHS website

Polio: information from Patient UK website

Polio Polymyositis: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)

Post-polio syndrome (PPS): factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)

also Muscular Atrophy

Medline NLM definition: Derangement in size and number of muscle fibers occurring with aging, reduction in blood supply, or following immobilization, prolonged weightlessness, malnutrition, and particularly in denervation.

PubMed Medline search on Muscular Atrophy

Support Groups

British Polio Fellowship
The British Polio Fellowship seeks to empower and support all people in the UK living with the effects of polio and Post Polio Syndrome.

Myositis UK (formerly Myositis Support Group)
Charity providing information, help and support for people who are diagnosed with myositis and their families, and practical advice and research into Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis, Juvenile Dermatomyositis and Inclusion Body Myositis.

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Healthtalk: nerves and brain
Personal experiences of people living with various neurological conditions.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.