Top stories in health and medicine, February 15, 2013

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1. Repealing SGR Raises Questions for Congress. Opinions on what to replace Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with and how to get there vary greatly.

2. Depression May Lower Response to Shingles Vax. Untreated major depression may hamper the protective effect of varicella zoster virus (VZV) vaccine against herpes zoster — shingles — in older individuals.

3. Contraception: Condoms Are King, Plan B Takes Hold. In the realm of contraception, the condom reigns supreme, but one in 10 have used emergency contraception such as Plan B.

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