How to Read Health News – Some Tips

scan of original 1939 poster Keep Calm & Carry On, from Wikipedia

scan of original 1939 poster Keep Calm & Carry On, from Wikipedia

Ever been de-railed by some terrifying health headline (well, okay, who hasn’t?)?. Have a look at this article (click on the link here ),  forwarded to me recently by a wise woman (aka my daughter). It was originally published by the NHS in Britain and is reproduced online by the US National Library of Medicine.

It begins:

If you’ve just read a health-related headline that has caused you to spit out your morning coffee (“Coffee causes cancer” usually does the trick), it’s always best to follow the Blitz slogan: “Keep Calm and Carry On”. On reading further, you’ll often find the headline has left out something important, such as, “Injecting five rats with really highly concentrated coffee solution caused some changes in cells that might lead to tumours eventually. (Study funded by The Association of Tea Marketing)”.

Full of good sense with a nice bit of Brit humour, well worth reading – let me know if it strikes any chords with you, and if you found it helpful.

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