New Studies Reveal Increasing Presence, Costs of STIs in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released two new studies this week detailing the rates of sexually transmitted infections among men and women in the United States.

According to researchers, there are nearly 20 million new infections annually in the country, showing a dangerously increasing presence in men and women.

One study released detailed the cost of treatment for the various infections and “HIV was the most costly, exceeding more than $12 billion in 2008,” CBS News reported.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Dr. Caleph Wilson of the Translation Research Unit and the Department of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss his research in finding a cure for HIV.

Guide to Natural Black Hair

In a special edition of the Sex, Politics and Religion Hour, host Jamila Bay straightens out all of the ideas on natural hair and its care, feeding and development in an all-hair blow-out.

In part 1 (in two segments), she speaks with Nikki Walton about her book “Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair!” available online now.

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In part 2, she speaks with Pamela Jenkins, the proprietor of online store, about the natural hair convention circuit.


How to Find Inspiration for Living a Healthier Life

As the New Year gets underway, many are looking to find inspiration on how to live healthier. Atlanta fitness and lifestyle trainer Derek Caffe may have the secret. He’s just published a book called “4 Secrets to a Healthy Life!”

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Caffe about why small steps are the way to go when it comes to deciding to become inspired and to go for fitness gold in one’s own life.

Spa Centers Not Just for the Jet-Setting Celebrity Types

While spas may be seen as a luxury strictly for the jet-setting celebrity types, there are spas out there more everyone.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Deb Berlin, executive director of the Green Spa Network and a board member of the Washington Spa Alliance, to discuss how to bring more spa time into the lives of more people.


Study Shows Positive Health Effects for Spa-Goers

From a decline in weight and reported stress levels to improvements in anxiety and depression levels, a spa getaway just may be what the doctor ordered. A recent study has shown that visitors to health and wellness spas experience positive short- and long-term health effects.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College, to discuss his spa research.