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Medical proof a vacation is good for your heart

We all treasure our vacation time and look forward to that time when we can get away from work. With the arrival of summer comes the prime vacation season and along with it one more reasons to appreciate our vacation time: the value to our heart health. While there has been much anecdotal evidence about the benefits of taking a vacation from work, a new study by Syracuse University professors Bryce Hruska and Brooks Gump and other researchers reveals the benefits of a vacation for our heart health, according to Science Daily.

"What we found is that people who vacation more frequently in the past 12 months have a lowered risk for metabolic syndrome and metabolic symptoms," says Bryce Hruska, an assistant professor of public health at Syracuse University's Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

Long working hours 'linked to stroke risk'

Working long hours is linked to an increased risk of stroke, researchers say.
Long hours were defined in the French study as more than 10 hours on at least 50 days per year.
People who did long hours for more than a decade were at the greatest risk of stroke, they suggest, according to BBC.
But the UK's Stroke Association said there were lots of things people could do to counteract the effects of long hours, like exercising and eating well.
The researchers, from Angers University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, looked at data on age, smoking and working hours from a population study of more than 143,000 adults.

Study links variation in brain energy expenditure in childhood with obesity risk

On average, nearly half of the body's energy is used by the brain during early childhood, which could matter for weight gain, a new study suggested.

In the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers propose that variation in the energy needs of brain development across kids, in terms of the timing, intensity and duration of energy use, could influence patterns of energy expenditure and weight gain.

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.