The Top Health Headlines of 2013

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  • 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
  • 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

Head Trauma and the NFL

With a slew of suicides among former NFL players in the past few years, 2013 gave much to talk about in terms of brain trauma and mental health. There were many conversations about how repeated concussions can cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is believed to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, depression, dementia and suicide. 

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