Cheers and Jeers

Cheers to…

The HPV vaccine, which does not make girls more promiscuous. Some parents were worried about the vaccine, calling it a “license to have sex.” But girls who get the vaccine are not more likely than girls who haven’t had the vaccine to engage in sexual activity, a study of almost 1,400 girls found. Read more about the study here.

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, who tracked the spread of malaria in Kenya by looking at cell phone patterns. The researchers looked at the calls and texts of over 15 million phones in Kenya over a year. They found that although roads from the capital city, Nairobi, get the most traffic, they aren’t the main way the disease is spread—it happens along regional routes near Lake Victoria. Get more details about the research here.


Jeers to…

Strokes, which seem to be on the rise in younger adults. Research at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio found that from 1993 to 2005, the number of strokes in patients age 20-54 increased by almost five percent. Researchers believe the rise is due to increases in risky behavior in younger people, such as hypertension and smoking. Learn more here.

Avon, for making claims about their products that made them out to be drugs. The Food and Drug Administration reviewed the Avon website and found the language Avon was using to advertise their products to be misleading. Claims that the product would affect the structure of your body make the creams and gels out to be drugs—which they are not. Read more about the FDA’s warning here.


By Laura Jungreis