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couple-112414.jpg People in unhappy marriages may be more likely to suffer from poor cardiovascular health, according to a new study from researchers at Michigan State University. For the study the researchers reviewed health data from 1,200 married couples who were surveyed as part of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project.

Aspirin-072111.jpg Daily low doses of aspirin may not offer significant heart health benefits for the elderly, according to research conducted at the University of Shin-Oyama City Hospital in Tochigi, Japan. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surveyed data on over 14,000 Japanese people aged 60 to 85.

img3-111714.jpg Young women with heart disease may experience decreased blood flow to the heart during moments of stress, according to research conducted at Emory University. The study, presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, administered stress tests to 534 patients with stable coronary heart disease.

medication-111114.jpg Taking blood pressure meds may lower one's risk for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to research conducted at the Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital in Taiwan. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, surveyed data on the entire adult population of Taiwan. The team found 729 patients newly diagnosed with ALS.

diet-022513.jpg The Mediterranean diet, rich in whole grains, fruits, beans, fish and olive oil, may help reverse metabolic syndrome, according to research conducted at the Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus, in Spain. The study, published in CMAJ, surveyed the effects of the Mediterranean diet on metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by a collection of risk factors for heart disease.