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Top Health Stories of 2021: The Past Year In Review

Medically reviewed by Jezreel Esguerra, MD · General Practitioner

Written by Jan Alwyn Batara · Updated Jan 23, 2023

Top Health Stories of 2021: The Past Year In Review

It’s not an understatement to say that 2021 has been interesting in terms of health and medicine. COVID-19 vaccines have been rolling out, and new advancements in modern medicine have been made in just the past year. But what are the topics that people have been most interested in? What articles have you, our readers, clicked on the most? Here are HelloDoctor’s top health stories of 2021:

Top Health Stories of 2021

January: Who Feels More Pleasure, Male or Female? – Understanding Orgasms

For January, our readers were most curious about orgasms. Specifically if men or women had more pleasurable orgasms. Based on what studies have found, it is pretty clear that women in general feel more pleasure whenever they experience an orgasm. But of course, a lot of things factor in when it comes to pleasure during sex. So just relax, and enjoy the experience!

February: Vaginal Yeast Infection: All You Need to Know

In February, one of the top health stories of 2021 was about vaginal yeast infections. This is a type of infection that comes about as a result of an overgrowth of fungi in the vagina.

This can easily be treated through the use of antifungal creams and ointments. In addition, practicing good hygiene, and making sure the vagina is clean and dry can help lower the risk of vaginal yeast infections.

March: 6 Types of Oral STDs to Watch Out For

One of the top health stories of 2021 is about the different types of oral STDs. Usually, when people think of STDs or sexually transmitted diseases, they think of those that affect the genitals. However, some of these STDs can also affect the mouth.

These include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HPV, and even HIV. Treatment for these STDs can vary, but in terms of prevention, practicing safe sex is the best way to avoid being infected.

April: How to Maintain Good Kidney Health

In April, our readers were interested in how to maintain good kidney health. Our kidneys are one of the most important organs in the body, so taking care of them is a top priority.

Some tips to keep in mind include eating healthy, engaging in daily exercise, drinking enough water, monitoring your blood sugar, and quitting smoking if you smoke.

May: 11 Ways to Prevent Stomach Cancer

Another of the top health stories of 2021 is about the ways to prevent stomach cancer. Nowadays, more and more people are conscious about their health and how to best care for their bodies.

While you can’t prevent cancer outright, there are ways of how to lower your risk of developing cancer.

June: 6 Signs of Menstruation Every Woman Must Know

For women, their menstrual cycle is something that they need to be keenly aware of. One way of keeping track would be to use a menstrual calendar, but this might not work for women who have irregular cycles.

Knowing the signs of menstruation can sometimes be a way for women to know if they’re about to have their period. This way, they won’t be caught off guard and they can be ready whenever they have their period.

July: Ovulation and Pregnancy: All You Need to Know

One of the top health stories of 2021 on our site is about ovulation and pregnancy. Ovulation is the time of the month when a woman is at her most fertile, and the chances of getting pregnant are very high.

Knowing the relationship between ovulation and pregnancy can help make it easier for couples to know when they should have sex in order to conceive.

August: Is It Safe to Get a Pneumonia Vaccine for Chronic Disease or Immunocompromised Individuals?

As more and more people got vaccinated for COVID-19, people became more curious about other types of vaccines. One of the more common ones is the pneumonia vaccine.

Pneumonia can be a deadly disease, specially for those with chronic illness or have weak immune systems. This is why doctors recommend them to get vaccinated for pneumonia since the vaccine gives them lifetime protection against infection.

September: Cervical Cancer: All You Need to Know

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in women. While the HPV vaccine has lowered the risk of having cervical cancer, it’s still important for women to be aware of this disease.

October: Do COVID Antibodies Protect Against the Delta Variant?

Of course, topics about COVID-19 have become one of the top health stories of 2021. And with the delta variant becoming a dominant strain in numerous countries, many have started to worry if the vaccine can protect us against this strain.

The answer is a resounding yes! Being vaccinated gives you the best chance against COVID-19, regardless of the variant or strain. So it is important to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible, and to also get the booster if you are eligible to do so.

November: Checking Blood Sugar at Home: The Do’s and Don’ts

For diabetics, keeping an eye on their blood sugar levels is extremely important. For one, this helps them keep an eye on their blood sugar and take insulin shots if their blood sugar becomes too high. It also allows them to see if any lifestyle changes and medication they’re taking are working to keep their diabetes under control.

December: Could Persistent Diarrhea Be a Symptom of Colorectal Cancer?

Last of the top health stories for 2021 is with regard to the link between persistent diarrhea and colorectal cancer. Having persistent or chronic diarrhea can be a symptom of numerous illnesses, but it can also be a symptom of cancer.

In the case of the latter, diarrhea as a symptom for cancer is usually accompanied by other cancer symptoms. So don’t freak out immediately if you frequently have diarrhea. The best thing to do would be to visit your doctor so that they could give you a diagnosis for your condition.

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Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Medically reviewed by

Jezreel Esguerra, MD

General Practitioner

Written by Jan Alwyn Batara · Updated Jan 23, 2023

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