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IF YOU DO ONE THING FOR YOUR HEALTH
DAYDREAM and let your mind wander. Psychologists researching the benefits of daydreaming are finding that letting our minds wander is vital for creativity. According to an article in New Scientist: "If a person's mind is wandering, they outperform their peers in a range of tasks where flashes of insight are important, from imaginative word games to exercises in original thinking and invention."
DOCTORS in Mumbai, India, removed a 12.7cm worm from a 75-year-old patient's eye. The patient, PK Krishnamurthy, had been suffering from an irritated and itchy eye for a while. He was first misdiagnosed and given medication but, after returning to the doctors' office for more tests, doctors discovered a worm that had been living behind his eye.
A NEW study by the University of Barcelona has shown that organic tomatoes contain higher levels of disease-fighting chemicals than the conventional kind. Known as polyphenols, these chemicals help halt the spread of certain cancers and protect our bodies from chronic conditions like arthritis.
BREAKTHROUGH OF THE WEEK
THE U S government announced that it has authorised sales of the first over-the-counter home testing kit for HIV. T he procedure involves taking an oral fluid sample collected by swabbing the upper and lower gums inside a person's mouth, placing the sample into the kit's developer vial and then waiting for the result for 20 to 40 minutes. It will be available in the US from October.