BY Alice Lawton
on Jul 02, 2015
In a huge win for world health, Cuba has become the first country ever to receive validation from the World Health Organization for ending mother-to-child HIV and syphilis transmissions. An estimated 1.4 million women with HIV and 1 million women with syphilis give birth every year. Children born from a mother with HIV have 15-45% chance of being infected with the virus. Syphilis can cause death in fetuses or leave children with horrible neonatal infections.
Cuba has been working for many years to end the mother-to-child transmission of these infections. Read More
Have you ever spent thirty-five years tirelessly trying to do something extraordinary? Swimmer and motivational speaker Diana Nyad has. For over three decades, she has braved treacherous waters, swollen lips, and painful jellyfish stings with one goal in mind: to swim from Cuba to Florida. And yesterday, on her fifth and final try, SHE DID IT.
Nyad is now the first person ever to complete this journey without a shark cage. This is, of course, a super dangerous choice, but she had the help of a team of scientists who sent out electrical currents to keep the sharks at bay. Read More