The Hit Parade in Medicine, 2014: Top Health Stories That Made a Difference

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From the Ebola Outbreak and the world’s first baby born after Uterine transplant to the pervasive nature of suicides, brought to light in Robin William’s tragic death, the year in Medicine in 2014 had its share of triumphs and tragedies….Read more

  1. Ebola Outbreak 2014: Ebola Virus in Africa; 18,000 people infected and more than 6,000 deaths.
  2. World’s first baby born after Uterine Transplant. Woman gives birth in 2014 after receiving a uterus from a donor. Opens up the possibility of treating many women who suffer from uterine infertility.
  3. World’s leading HIV health researchers and activists killed in Malaysian passenger jet that went down over Ukraine in July 2014.
  4. Affordable Care Act launches its first Health Exchange on January 1, 2014, after difficult enrollment period with healthcare.gov in the fall of 2013.
  5. Artificial Sweeteners such as Aspartame, Sucralose and Saccharine are reported in September’s Nature magazine to cause blood glucose abnormalities in mice and humans.
  6. The risk of spreading cancerous uterine tissue from laparoscopic power morcellators, used in removing uterine fibroids in women, is discovered.
  7. Robin Williams Suicide was a tragic reminder of the pervasive nature of suicide, and the need to assess risk factors, especially in white middle aged men.
  8. Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius resigns sullied by the plagued rollout of the Affordable Care Act. President Obama elects Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Sebelius’s replacement.
  9. Brittany Maynard 29, diagnosed with an aggressive terminal brain cancer, via assisted suicide, ends her life. Her decision sparked a national debate on physician assisted suicide.
  10. New drugs for Hepatitis C (and high prices) globally flood the market.
  11. Dr Oz Senate Hearings. A U.S. Senate panel accuses Dr Oz of perpetuating weight loss fraud after Oz markets weight loss supplements on his syndicated show.
  12. Digital Medicine makes a foot print as physician acceptance slowly catches on and Medicare begins selective coverage.
  13. A new study in Neurology links Cynicism with Dementia. Researchers conclude that changing ones outlook to a more positive one will improve the quality of life.
  14. May study in Heart finds in males age 30, too much high intensity exercise can result in atrial fibrillation later in life
  15. CVS becomes the first U.S. pharmacy chain to stop selling cigarettes. CDC’s commends CVS for not paradoxically selling Tobacco while providing a health care facility (The Minute Clinic) in its stores.
  16. The first blood test to detect depression and potentially identify patients at increased risk for suicide helps doctors diagnose and treat depression.

http://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/public/year-in-medicine2014

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