A simple twice-a-day do-it-yourself test to monitor high blood pressure at home could save thousands of lives each year. The new self-monitoring system helps patients dramatically improve their condition by allowing them to record and send regular readings directly to medical staff. Doctors and nurses can then access these at the surgery and check the figures, contacting the patient if necessary to discuss their health and medication. Full story >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Daily Express shows a man in his kitchen using the new device to take his blood pressure. His face is red, and steam is coming out of his ears. His wife tells him, "Don't take it [i.e., your blood pressure] while you're reading stories about the E.U. [i.e., European Union]".
Steam coming from the ears is a common cartoon device used to show anger, frustration, or exasperation. We are meant to assume that the man is angry because he is reading a story about the latest E.U. disaster or cock-up. This is causing his blood pressure to rise, hence his wife's warning. The Daily Express is famously anti-EU, so this cartoon will appeal to its readers.
D.I.Y. is an abbreviation for 'do-it-yourself'. D.I.Y. (or DIY) usually relates to the activity of making or repairing things yourself, especially in your home, but can also be used as an adjective to describe things you do yourself. • Council officials have ordered concerned parents to remove DIY road safety signs near a school.
Here are a couple of idioms connecting blood with anger:
• It makes my blood boil to think of the amount of food that gets wasted around here.
• My blood pressure is going to go through the roof if things don't change!