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BIZARRE OF THE WEEK
Exhaust fumes can cure heart disease. The toxic chemicals found in car fumes, such as carbon monoxide and nitric oxide, have been shown by British scientist Professor Ian Megson to widen blood vessels and prevent blood clots.
Are you battling the bulge? Consider keeping a food diary, avoid skipping meals and pack your own lunches to the office.
Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle reported that people who kept food journals and consistently wrote down the foods they consumed lost about 2.73kg more than people who did not.
People who skipped meals lost 3.64kg less than people who did not.
Those who ate out for lunch at least once a week lost on average 2.27kg less than those who brought in their lunch.
IF YOU DO ONE THING FOR YOUR HEALTH - A BALANCING ACT
Stand on one leg for at least 30 seconds.
No, the point is not to imitate a flamingo.
Research reveals that improving your balance in your daily routine can help prevent dementia.
BREAKTHROUGH OF THE WEEK
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an ingestible digital sensor that can be swallowed in a pill to track health data .
The pill, known as the Ingestion Event Marker, has already been approved for use in Europe. It is the first ''digital pill" to receive FDA approval.
A signal from the pill in the stomach is sent through the body to a patch on the skin, which is sent to a cellphone application.