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Health stories for Feb. 15, 2013

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UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 15, 2013 -

A new study shows a new advantage for natural birth and breastfeeding, and it has to do with bacteria.

The study from Canada says children who go through the birth canal get the first test of their immune system, which helps strengthen it.

Children born through C-sections had a greater chance of disease like asthma, autism, obesity and cancer.

Breastfeeding then adds new bacteria to the body, which helps strengthen the immune system better than feeding the baby formula.


Women are rushing to take emergency contraception, also known as "Plan B"

A new study showed one-in-nine women from the ages 15 to 44 had taken the "morning after pill".

That's up significantly from 1995.

The most common user was women in their early-20, never married or in college.

The amount of women taking regular birth control has remained roughly the same.

Researchers say it shows that women are protecting themselves from STDs and unwanted pregnancies.

People trying to fight off shingles may need to try to cheer up.

A new study out of UCLA says the shingles vaccine is less effective if you are depressed and not treated.

Researchers say more studies are needed to find a possible link between the two.


There's a call to help keep fake drugs off the market.

A new report by the Institute of Medicine shows phony or weak drugs are a growing threat in the U.S. and abroad.

It calls for a national drug tracking system to make sure medications that get into hospitals and pharmacies are real.

Last week, the FDA had to warn doctors about a counterfeit batch of the cancer-fighting drug Avastin.



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