Why man flu is not to be sneezed at
The available evidence suggests that men suffer more with the flu than women, a Canadian doctor writes in the BMJ.
That’s because men have a weaker immune response to common viral respiratory infections, argues Dr Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine.
In a tongue-in-cheek treatise, he points out that mouse studies suggest oestradiol is immunoprotective while testosterone is immunosuppressive.
“Men may not be exaggerating symptoms, but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory