5 big health stories of 2017

2017 showcased some of the crucial issues affecting Americans health-wise.

— -- In a year largely dominated by headlines on politics, natural disasters and international events, a handful of topics on health and medicine nevertheless managed to capture the attention of the country. From health insurance to drug prices to hurricane response efforts, 2017 was a year that showcased some of the most crucial issues affecting Americans today from a health perspective.

Below, in no particular order, are just a few of the topics that had us talking about health and medicine this year.

With the entrance of the new presidential administration came repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. And while an all-out repeal of the landmark health insurance legislation met a narrow and dramatic defeat in the Senate in July, the Republican-led revamp of the tax code succeeded in removing the individual mandate -- a key component of the law that required all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a fine. While the elimination of the individual mandate falls short of a full ACA repeal, analysts suggest that it could have big implications for the way the law works -- as well as for the 13 million fewer Americans that the Congressional Budget Office estimates will have health insurance in the decade to come as a result of the move.

5) First-ever baby in U.S. born from transplanted uterus