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Eating yogurt twice a week could lower the risk of pre-cancerous bowel growths

Eating at least two servings of yogurt a week may help protect men from developing growths that lead to bowel cancer, a new study finds.

Researchers say that men who ate at least two pots of yogurt had a nearly 20 percent lowered risk of developing the growths, known as adenomas, than men who didn't eat yogurt, according to Daily Mail.

And men who ate yogurt had a 26 percent decreased risk of developing adenomas that were highly likely to become malignant.

The team, from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, says the findings support previous research that suggests consuming yogurt may lower bowel cancer risk by altering both the type and volume of bacteria in the gut.

Doctors could use SCORPION venom to fight human infections

Doctors could use scorpion venom to fight human infections after a study on mice found it can kill bacteria without poisonous effects.

The venom contains two chemicals which scientists discovered have antibacterial abilities and were able to kill strains responsible for diseases such as tuberculosis, according to Daily Mail.

Taken from the Diplocentrus melici scorpion, which is found in Mexico, the venom has promise because it managed to fight off bacteria without damaging healthy tissue in mice.

Divorce likely to put weight on children

Children whose parents are divorced are more likely to get fat than those whose parents stay together, say researchers.

The weight gain is particularly marked in children whose parents divorce before they are six, the study found.

Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysed data on 7,574 children born between 2000 and 2002, according to BBC.

The authors say their findings back calls for better health support for families going through a break-up.

The paper suggests a range of reasons why children might put on weight after a divorce, both economic and non-economic.

How personalised medicine is being used to save lives

Medicine has always been personal to some extent - a doctor looks for the best way to help the patient sitting in front of them.

But with advances in technology, it is becoming possible to use the most unique of characteristics - our genomes - to tailor treatments for individuals.

Genomes are made up of a complete set of our DNA, including all of our genes, and are the instruction manual on how to build and maintain the 37 trillion cells in our bodies.

Exercise may have different effects in the morning and evening

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have learned that the effect of exercise may differ depending on the time of day it is performed. In mice they demonstrate that exercise in the morning results in an increased metabolic response in skeletal muscle, while exercise later in the day increases energy expenditure for an extended period of time, according to Science Daily.

We probably all know how important a healthy circadian rhythm is. Too little sleep can have severe health consequences. But researchers are still making new discoveries confirming that the body's circadian clock affects our health.