Top Health Stories of 2008


Bad jalapenos, stem cell research and vaccine safety made headlines in medical news this year.

Contaminated baby formula sickened tens of thousands of infants in China, triggering worldwide concerns about food safety. Four infants died and more than 53-thousand babies got sick from a toxic chemical known as melamine that was discovered in baby formula.

Here in the U.S., a salmonella outbreak left 14-hundred people hospitalized and may have contributed to two deaths. Government officials first pointed to tainted tomatoes, but later discovered jalapeno and serrano peppers from Mexico were the culprits.

As the United Nations declared the first official World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, controversy over childhood vaccinations and autism continued. Although major studies published this year found no link between the condition and immunizations, the Department of Health and Human Services concluded that a young child from Georgia had a condition that may have been aggravated by vaccines, causing her condition.

And stem cell research continued to make headlines, as doctors in Spain gave a Colombian woman a trachea transplant. They used her own cells so that her body would not reject the organ. Doctors said the new windpipe was identical to her original trachea.

And those were the big medical stories from 2008.

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