The Top Health Headlines of 2013

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  • Medical Marijuana
  • Black Men, Health and Suicide
  • Influenza Takes Lives
  • HIV Rates Down 21 Percent Among Black Women
  • Angelina Jolie, Mastectomies and Black Women
  • Gun Violence and Urban America
  • Looking Back at This Year’s Health Stories
  • Everything Obamacare
  • Head Trauma and the NFL
  • Baby “Cured” of HIV
  • HPV and Oral Cancer
  • E-Cigarettes: Do They Create New Young Smokers?
  • FDA Approves Plan B One Step With No Prescription
  • Sandy Hook, Autism and Mental Health

Influenza Takes Lives

The flu is not a game — it can kill. In 2013, two major studies confirmed as much. One study from the CDC found that influenza killed more than 830 kids from 2002-2004 who were believed to be healthy. The other study was from the World Health Organization (WHO), which found that more than 250,000 people worldwide died from the flu in 2009. 

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