An alarming report put out by the Centers for Disease Control shows that the total combined cases of several sexually transmitted diseases have reached an “unprecedented” high in the United States.
If these numbers are to be believed, the residents of Alberta are swimming in sexually transmitted diseases. Last year, the Canadian province saw an 80 percent increase in cases of gonorrhea. What to blame? According to the government, “social media.”
Worthless natural remedies, especially when they come from “exotic” locations, have always been popular. They’ve also always been big business. Here’s one of the earliest struggles on record—when the richest man in Europe went after a medieval doctor.
There wasn’t much to be done about syphilis for most of its history. It was a horrible, slow way to die and the only way to ward off the most acute attacks was mercury—until a dye and a poison provided the inspiration for an effective treatment.
Early scientists were not at all shy about experimenting on themselves. Isaac Newton stuck a needle into his own eye socket. Robert Hooke shoved his arm into a vacuum chamber. And in the first episode of Sacrificed from Fusion, we learn what 18th century physician John Hunter thought was an effective way to…
Syphilis, today, is minor and treatable. In the past, though, it was an incurable diseases that caused insanity, rotting flesh, and death. It's understandable that nations took drastic measures to try to stop it — but their efforts resulted in a 400-year reign of terror.
The number of syphilis cases is on the rise, and some public health officials think it's because of Grindr. Well, Grindr and Adam4Adam and, presumably, Tinder and Hinge and OkCupid. These apps all make it easier to find people to have sex with, so naturally they cause more people to get STDs, right? Not exactly.
The Return of Count Spirochete was a 1970s educational film that warned kids about the dangers of doing it. This surreal cartoon depicted syphilis as a vampire and gonorrhea as an evil pitchfork-wielding demon who climbs in your urethra.
These little miracle pills to the right are Zicam Rapidmelts.
Per my email to the Gizmodo CES team, entitled "Battling Fatigue"
I recommended them with the endorsement "I've used them for the last 2 years, and have had 1 cold over that time." But when you throw in Tokyo jetlag, plus, Macworld/CES, claims like these go…