Best of 2014: Health


In 1976, the first Ebola virus outbreak occurred in Central Africa, deriving its name from the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The most recent outbreak, first announced by the Guinean Ministry of Health in March 2014, has claimed at least 5,000 lives.Women account for an estimated 55 and 60 percent of its total victims. In Liberia alone, the health teams have reported the proportion of female casualties is as high as 75 percent.So why are more women dying of this aggressive virus? ┬ęGetty Images

Is WebMD your most-visited website? Are you a little too familiar with the symptom-checker feature? Are you dying to know more about women's health in general -- and your own in particular? Yeah, me too.

We covered a whole bunch of health topics in 2014, and the response was overwhelming. We heard from so many of you about your own struggles to find a good doctor, get a correct diagnosis and learn how to live with health issues, whether short- or long-term. Here's a round-up of what we learned in 2014.

We looked into the hormonal issues behind thyroid disease, uterine fibroids and PMS.

We asked whether your birth control could be lethal and why Ebola is killing women at higher rates.

We examined the health effects of miscarriage, ADHD, widowhood and insomnia.

We learned about women reclaiming their identities through mastectomy tattoos and plotting out their futures through egg freezing.

We talked about the psychology behind mass hysteria, phantom pregnancy and the self-help industry.

To see all of these episodes in one handy place, visit our Best of 2014: Health page. Happy listening!