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statin-032113.jpg The use of statins may enable faster recovery times after cardiac surgery, according to a study from researchers at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. For the study the researchers reviewed data from 20 cohort studies involving statin use and heart surgery. They found that on average those using statins following heart surgery had a reduced wound healing time.

running-040214.jpg Running may be linked with significant increases in life span, according to a new study from researchers at the Iowa State University. For the study the researchers collected health data from 55,000 adults aged 18 to 100 over a 15-year period. Roughly one quarter of the participants associated as a runners. They found that those who ran even very small amounts decreased risk of death.

yogurt-072214.jpg Those who consume yogurt regularly may be at a decreased risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a new study from researchers at Griffith University in Australia. For the study the researchers reviewed records about probiotic consumption from nine different studies including 543 adults. "The small collection of studies we looked at suggest regular consumption of probiotics . . ."

healthproblems-090913.jpg Testosterone supplements are unlikely to cause a spike in heart attack risk, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 25,000 older men charting any possible linkage between testosterone use and heart attack risk. They found no significant link between the supplement and cardiac risks.

VitaminD-010913.jpg Vitamin D pills may help lower hypertension, according to research conducted at the University of South Australia. The study, published in the journal the Lancet, surveyed data on nearly 150,000 people to find a link between high blood pressure and vitamin D deficiency. Proven methods of lowering hypertension include cutting down on salt and keeping physically active.

Pollen-062314.jpg The FDA has issued an official warning against weight loss products made from potentially tainted bee pollen. In the state FDA reps say that some such products can create a mix of health risks including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, bipolar disorder and others. Some of the products included on the FDA's warning list include Zi Xiu Tang, Ultimate Formula and Fat Zero.