Top stories in health and medicine, January 10, 2013

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1. Synthetic Stool Stymies Stubborn C. Difficile. Fake feces may fight Clostridium difficile infection just as well as the real thing.

2. IUD Eases Severe Menstrual Symptoms. For women presenting to their primary care physicians with menorrhagia, the levonorgestrel intrauterine system (IUS) significantly relieved the effects of heavy menstrual bleeding on daily life.

3. Arthritis Drugs May Trigger Shingles. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) undergoing treatment with agents such as Enbrel (etanercept), Remicade (infliximab) or Humira (adalimumab) appear to have a significantly increased risk for developing shingles.

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