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My Five Favorite Health Stories of 2013

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It’s hard to believe but 2013 is certainly almost over. As an Examiner health news content writer for three years, I think it’s time to reflect on the content that I have produced during this past year. Now I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but I’ve really worked hard this year to produce quality, informative health articles for my readers. So here are just some of my favorite health-conscious stories of 2013.

  1. Experts share cancer knowledge at CTCA Event- I was invited to attend this breast cancer event given by Cancer Treatment Centers of America in August. It was one of the most informative and educational health-related events I ever attended. I came out with even more knowledge of this disease than before. That is important for me as a woman. Knowledge is power and we must continue to increase our awareness of breast cancer. It is a silent killer.
  2. Boy with cystic fibrosis succeeds at Life Time Triathlon- I love inspiring stories and this was one I’ve heard about through the Chicago Sun-times. It was also in the month of August. This story just made me go, Wow! If a ten-year-old boy with 80 to 90 percent lung function could do well at a triathlon, then there is no limit to what we could succeed in life.
  3. Healthgrades Advisor Shares Tips on Choosing a plan- With so much fuss about the healthcare.gov website and people scrambling to get on it, it was good to shift gears and interviewed Healthgrades Advisor Dr. Archelle Georgiou to get her advice on how to choose the right health plan. In addition, the Healthgrades website is informative as well. Be sure to check it out on www.healthgrades.com.
  4. Medical Director discusses breast cancer survival racial disparity- It was very nice to interviewed CTCA Medical Director Dr. Anita Johnson last month for this piece. African-American women are 40 percent likely to die of this disease than white women. Dr. Johnson brought out a good point that there should be more educational and health care resources in both rural and metropolitan areas. Also, more black women should take advantage of the numerous support groups such as Sisters Network, Inc.
  5. Antibody Evolution could guide HIV Vaccine Development- This April story touched on a disease that has affected millions around the world-HIV and the finding of a vaccine for it. The Argonne Lab conducted research on a development of a vaccine guided by an antibody. I interviewed Tona Kunz, who is the spokesperson for the Argonne Lab, to get more information on this.
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