Slate magazine writer Matt McCarthy polled medical professionals about the most interesting and surprising health and medical news of 2014, and Ebola topped the list at number one, followed by the deployment of The Affordable Care Act (No.2).

Importantly, respiratory care issues such as e-cigarettes, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Enterovirus D-68, influenza, and new treatments for pulmonary fibrosis were among the most important stories of 2014.

Here is Slate’s full list:

  • No. 1: Coming to America: The Ebola Outbreak.
  • No. 2: The Obamacare rollout.
  • No. 3: New drugs in the pipeline.
  • No. 4: Hacktivists hit Harvard.
  • No. 5: Flu vaccine underwhelms.
  • No. 6: MERS alert.
  • No. 7: The rise of e-cigarettes.
  • No. 8: Corporations get religion.
  • No. 9: Human enterovirus 68 and xenophobia.
  • No. 10: The NRA flexes its muscle.

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