Top Health Stories Of The Year (CNN)

8:44 am Health Care, Medicine

1. A congresswoman’s recovery: In January shots rang out in a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, 40, had been shot in the head by a gunman. The bullet passed through the left side of Gifford’s brain, but she survived.
2. Nuclear fears in Japan: An 9.0-magnitude earthquake, the most powerful one to hit Japan in recorded history, led to a tsunami that engulfed parts of Honshu. It also started a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear facility in northeast Japan. Subsequent tests have detected radiation in a sample of people who live around the power plant.
3. WHO warns of possible cancer risk from cell phones: While there are no definitive studies, the warning gave people pause about cell phone use.
4. Tainted fruit: A listeria outbreak in cantaloupe killed 29 people and sickened nearly 150 in the United States, making this year’s outbreak the deadliest for listeria.
5. Prostate cancer screening controversy: The question of whether prostate-specific antigen tests for prostate cancer do more harm than good stirred controversy this year. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force gave the PSA test a “D” rating, meaning it offers “no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits.”
6. Cancer’s toll: Cancer claimed the lives of several luminaries this year: tech innovator Steve Jobs (pancreatic cancer), author Christopher Hitchens (esophageal cancer) and former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier (liver cancer).
7. 30 years of HIV/AIDS:The first report of the disease appeared on June 5, 1981, in the Center for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
8. Head injuries: The toll of repeated head blows and injuries loomed over football again. One former football player killed himself after leaving a message telling his family to get his brain to the NFL brain bank. An examination of his brain showed that he had signs of a brain disease found in athletes who have been exposed to repeated brain trauma.

Comments are closed.