What did you Google regarding health and medicine in 2012?  If you were thinking about a future in medicine maybe it was “Caribbean Medical Schools,” or “UMHS.” If you started last year like most do with a firm resolve to lose a few of those holiday pounds, maybe you searched for information regarding the two new weight loss drugs approved by the FDA.  Certainly you took a moment to search for any explanation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

From diet drugs to West Nile virus, Whatever you searched for, there are a few lists that lay claim to the be the top healthcare stories of the year.

 

CNN and WebMD both have the Affordable Care Act at the top of their lists.  MedTech lists Amazon Web Services’ announcement that it would store the entire contents of the National Institutes of Health’s 1000 Genomes Project for public use as one of its top stories.

 

In entertainment health stories, Robin Roberts of Good Morning America made headlines as she battled a rare blood disorder,  myelodysplastic syndrome.  She took hiatus from the popular morning news talkshow to have a bone marrow transplant.

 

News, news news.  Lots of news in health in 2012. UMHS had a few top stories of it’s own this year, including:

 

  1. We launched the UMHS Pulse Blog.  Of course if you are reading this you probably know that one.
  2. UMHS and Carleton University of Ottawa Ontario signed an exciting  new articulation agreement.
  3. UMHS delved deeper into social media outreach with contests and a more prominent Twitter and Facebook presence.
  4. UMHS was accredited by its host country, St. Kitts.
  5. UMHS was approved to accept Veterans Administration benefits and announced the new Dr. Robert Ross Veterans Scholarship.

 

There were many health stories and headlines for 2012 and many predictions for 2013.  What do you think the top stories were? What stories do you think will top the list in 2013?  We would like to know.

 

A Happy and Healthy New Year from all of us at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences!

 

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