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.

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.