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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.

Why the food pyramid is NOT the perfect diet guide

Spinach and carrots are both known rich in vitamin A, fiber and potassium but that doesn't mean they have the same effect on our gut microbiomes, a new small study finds.

We tend to think of food in terms of the broad categories of the food pyramid: fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and so on.

But researchers say how specific strains of gut microbes are affected by the foods we eat can actually vary significantly from fruit to fruit or vegetable to vegetable, according to Daily Mail.

Leafy greens like kale and spinach can promote one bacterial species, but carrots and celery could promote another - even though they all fall under the same category in the food pyramid.

Treating high blood pressure, cutting down on salt and getting rid of trans fats

Treating high blood pressure and cutting down on salt and trans fats could prevent nearly 100million premature deaths globally, experts have said.

The three interventions could slash the numbers of people losing their lives early to cardiovascular disease (CVD) over the next 20 years, according to Daily Mail.

Salt and trans fats found in processed foods such as cakes both contribute to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for CVD.

Researchers estimated that treating 70 per cent of the population for blood pressure would save 39.4million people.