Top Health Stories to Watch For in 2020

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Bold headlines — political and otherwise — kept the spotlight on health care and wellness throughout 2019. As the year winds down, it’s time to look to what might be happening in the field in 2020.

24/7 Tempo reviewed some of the biggest and most recent health news stories to identify the top trends in wellness and health. We used editorial discretion to choose the 18 of the most talked about topics that are likely to continue to make headlines in the upcoming year.

The year ahead will most likely be dominated by the presidential election. According to a recent poll by political news and polling data aggregator RealClear Opinion Research, health care is the top issue facing America today. Candidates will likely raise awareness of several important health topics – especially health care, health insurance, and climate change — as they explain their plans to tackle each issue. 

In addition to these likely debate topics, we can expect several other stories to be in focus in 2020. Some of the top stories may not be positive. Antibiotic resistance is a growing peril, and scientists will probably continue to warn against overuse of antibiotics in people, animals, and plants. The opioid epidemic still rages on, but some of the pharmaceutical companies that have been fueling it are now in the spotlight.

There will likely also be many positive health developments in 2020. Some we cannot predict and will be a pleasant surprise, while other already made headlines in 2019 and will hopefully only progress further in 2020. These include promising discoveries in medicine, life-saving drugs in development, and great strides taken addressing chronic health problems – these are the best health news over the last decade.