After we learned that the island nation has had a cancer-suppressing vaccine for several years, it seemed impossible the country could have achieved another medical milestone—until the World Health Organization announced that Cuba had become the “first country to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to baby.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an 11 percent rise in syphilis and a 4 percent increase in gonorrhea cases in 2012 in the U.S. But what does the XY chromosome have to do with these sexually transmitted diseases?
A few weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration hit the American Red Cross with a nearly $10 million fine for safety violations, lax oversight and faulty testing of its blood services. The fine is just the latest of more than a dozen the Red Cross has racked up in the last decade.
Here’s a bit of bad news for the sexually active: Chlamydia infections in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2010 with 1.3 million cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the largest number ever reported for any condition, the agency says. (more)
Internet porn causes pay-per-view sales to fall; a new chip will make HIV testing easy, affordable and readily available; meanwhile, mobile phones become more essential than toilets in the developed world. These discoveries and more after the jump.