Well, it's time to bid adieu to 2009. It was an interesting year, bringing us closer to the end of what some consider "the worst decade in American history." From the historical inauguration of President Obama, to the most elaborate Ponzi scheme this country has seen, to the bailouts, failed stimulus packages, collapsing global economy, and even the untimely deaths of some American icons - there's no doubt about it - 2009 has been a year to remember.

It was a big year for health too - and I'm not just talking about the heated debate over health care reform that will carry us into 2010 ... I'll save that for another blog entry.

Here are my picks for the biggest FoxNewsHealth.comstories of 2009.


Model Dies After Losing Hands, Feet to Urinary Tract Infection

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Octuplets' Mom Wants $2 Million From Oprah, Media Deals

Nadya Suleman

Click here to relive the 'Octomom' saga


Doctor: Natasha Richardson May Have Suffered 'Talk and Die' Syndrome


Jett Travolta

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WHO: U.S. Patients May be Transmitting Swine Flu


World Health Organization

Click here to brush up on your flu facts


Missing Mom, Cancer-Stricken Son May Be Headed to Mexico


Click here to read his story.


What Caused Michael Jackson's Cardiac Arrest?

David Carradine

Farrah Fawcett

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Tanning Beds as Deadly as Mustard Gas, Arsenic

Lancet Oncology

Click here to learn more about the study.

August & September

The Curious Case of Brooke Greenberg

Click here to read her amazing story.

Edward Kennedy's Cancer Puts Focus on Quality of LifeThe end of summer also marked the end of two highly-publicized cancer battles. Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy defied the odds living for 15 months with a malignant brain tumor before his death in late August at the age of 77. Click here to read the full story.

Doctor: Actor Patrick Swayze Defied the Odds in Many WaysLess than a month later, actor Patrick Swayze, who was diagnosed with an extremely deadly form of pancreatic cancer in January 2008 lost his battle with the disease. He was 57. Click here to read about his battle.


17-Pound, 4-Month-Old Baby Denied Health Insurance for Being 'Too Fat'

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New Cancer Guidelines Say to Start Mammograms at 50, Not 40

American Cancer Society

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Accidental Overdose Eyed in Death of Brittany Murphy

Click here for the latest on the investigation.

It was a tough year so my wish for all of you is that you have a happy and healthy2010. See you in the New Year!