The Most Interesting Health Stories of 2012

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Innovations, outbreaks, and oddities from the year in health and medicine

By "interesting," we don't necessarily mean those fascinating "Man Who 'Gave Birth' to Cat Receives Life-Saving Kidney Transplant from Said Cat" stories. But looking back on a busy year, some things stood out as being both widely discussed and of some consequence, and not boring.

As always, feel free to disagree -- we can talk in the comments about other good stories that we left out, intentionally or not.

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James Hamblin and Lindsay Abrams

James Hamblin is The Atlantic's Health editor. Lindsay Abrams is The Atlantic's Health editorial fellow.

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