The health and wellness headlines of the past year may have caused a few of us to experience a roller coaster of health-related symptoms. From stomach-churning coverage of Ebola and domestic violence to heart-wrenching awareness of depression and ALS—2014 sure did cover the gamut of health topics, trends, causes, and scientific discoveries that will, no doubt, impact 2015 and beyond…
1. Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
The reality of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa—which hit the countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia particularly hard—was undoubtedly on the top of our news radar this past year. The virus resulted in the infection and fatality of thousands of West Africans, however it was the mass hysteria it caused back in North America that was the most shocking, misguided, and just plain scary.
As heath care experts continued to assure us that Ebola could only spread via direct contact with bodily fluids with an infected person, anger towards foreign healthcare workers and demands to ban travel showed us that the fear over Ebola far surpassed the real life threat of the actual virus.