This has been a busy and occasionally dramatic year in the world of health. In addition to the usual crop of research news, food recalls, and celebrity headlines, 2012 saw a landmark court ruling on health care, controversy over everything from supersize sodas to cancer philanthropy, and the saga of a young woman from Georgia who lost three of her limbs to bacteria but won the nation's heart with her optimism and pluck.
So grab a cup of coffee—according to a major study released in May, it might just prolong your life (as opposed to eating red meat, which may have the opposite effect on longevity)—and click through our recap of the biggest health stories from the past year.
Visit this site to get the rest of top health stories of 2012: http://health.yahoo.net/articles/healthcare/photos/biggest-health-stories-2012#0
Written by: Amanda Gardner