Top stories in health and medicine, January 7, 2013

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1. Antibiotic Tied to Higher Risk of Miscarriage. Use of the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) in the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage.

2. AHA Adds Its Weight to NSAID Risk Message. The American Heart Association (AHA) has joined the newly formed Alliance for the Rational Use of NSAIDs, a public health coalition that aims to bring more awareness to the health risks associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

3. Subtle Cognitive Declines Follow Menopause. The year after a woman’s final menstrual period — a phase classified as early postmenopause — is a time in which subtle changes in cognition occur.

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