When the average person reaches for health articles, do they want to read complex, clinical studies on rare and unknown disorders? Do they want to read about results that have been conclusively established, or are mysteries and enigmas more of a draw? What do we deem relevant health news? Do you look for yourself in these articles, and people you love, or do you look for more universal possibilities?
The answers to these questions are now more easily accessible than ever, in the health articles which prove most popular among online readership. Of course, the studies which get published are determined by the health industry - and by industry, we don't mean simply doctors, researchers and scientists, but also estheticians, marketing groups, magazines and civilians. Health aficionados (and sometimes not-so-aficionados) will research anything they can get funding for, so it's unsurprising that multi-billion dollar Pharma groups can get funding for anything they want (Mice growing human hair? Shudder) and are often the leading forces behind the health studies we read.
The often fascinating studies contained in health journals, once the remit of academics and health professionals, are now more widely diffused than ever in the digital age. And people love to read about health. When it comes to our health and the health of those we love, or even the health of future generations, most of us will read anything we can get our hands on - much to the dismay of our doctors and other professionals who caution to “stop reading medical stuff on the Internet”. Of course, it may be wise to use caution when deciding which studies to trust and which to chalk up to sensationalism or marketing motivations.
Among all these stories, from the unusual to the revolutionary, which health headlines are we most interested in these days? Here, we've selected 10 of the most popular stories from one of the internet's leading health news sources, Medical News Today, to bring you a round-up of the biggest health news of 2014.
10 Women Go for Macho Men During Ovulation (17,600 + views)
9 Home-test for Early Alzheimer’s Detection (18,600 + views)
8 Fruit Juice is as Bad as Sugary Drinks (19,115 + views)
7 New Drug for Type II Diabetes (19,395 + views)
6 Polio-like Disease in California (23,490 + views)
5 Blood Test to Predict Heart Attacks (24,895 +) views
4 Stem Cells & Baldness (26,700 + views)
3 Common Infections & Brain Function Decline (28,900 + views)
2 Too Much Protein in Midlife is Bad for You (35,535 + views)
1 Caffeine & Long Term Memory (69,100 + views)
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