Monday, May 23, 2011

Unhelpful-Yet-Scary Health News of the Week!

In addition to recently learning that a diet high in salt might not actually be bad for people after all (although there is disagreement! controversy! about that claim), the Daily Mail presents the following helpful bit:

"Drinking coffee, making love, getting angry or even blowing your nose can significantly increase your chances of having a deadly type of stroke, scientists have warned.

Seemingly harmless everyday functions such as going to the lavatory, drinking a can of cola or jumping when you are surprised, all trigger a sudden increase in the blood pressure.

This can lead to a subarachnoid haemorrhage, a type of stroke which is fatal."

Not that the article is going to present any tips on how to avoid such a thing. Not that tips are even necessarily available. In which case, if we can't do anything about these types of fatalities- other than completely avoiding going to the lavatory and blowing our noses for the rest of our lives- does this health information add to our well-being or detract from it?

ps- But what if a headache is involved?

pps- I give up. /barf

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