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  • Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan, WHO says

    November 11, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organisation said.

    Genetic sequencing shows the strain found in Syrian children...

  • Polio virus spreads to northern Israel

    August 21, 2013 | 9:21 am

    A strain of the polio virus was found in wastewater near Hadera, meaning the virus has spread to the north of Israel.

    The discovery comes two weeks into a national vaccination project to inoculate Israeli children aged 9 and under with a weakened form of the live virus. The...

  • Ben Lewin’s ‘The Surrogate’ wins at Sundance, and beyond

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 31, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    Ben Lewin’s “The Surrogate” has taken two prizes at the Sundance Film Festival:  The Audience Award and the special jury prize for ensemble acting in the competition of United States dramatic films.

    The awards – and the sale of the film for $6 million to Fox Searchlight –...

  • ‘The Surrogate’ sells at Sundance—for $6 million!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 24, 2012 | 6:31 pm

    When I spoke to filmmaker Ben Lewin of “The Surrogate” recently, he said he was “cautiously optimistic” and more than a bit cynical about his film’s chances at the Sundance Film Festival, but turns out he need not have worried.  His fact-based movie—about a paralyzed...

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  • Sundance: Helen Hunt as a sexual surrogate

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2012 | 12:18 am

    When “The Surrogate” has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, audiences will view Helen Hunt in her remarkable turn as Cheryl Cohen Greene, based on the real-life sexual surrogate who helped quadriplegic Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) lose his virginity back...

  • Polio survivor’s new film explores sexual surrogacy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 18, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    Nine years before Mark O’Brien died, the 36-year-old poet and journalist, who was also a polio survivor living in an iron lung, decided he wanted to lose his virginity. Until then, he’d always been ashamed of his sexuality, which he believed served no purpose save to mortify him...

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