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Are reports of “man flu” just Nuts?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1128
  1. Petra Boynton, lecturer in health services research, University College London (

    What's more worrying, the public believing in a manufactured illness or their not trusting genuine health research?

    We may have dismissed men as being overly dramatic when they claimed a cold as flu but last week a press release from Nuts magazine revealed that “man flu” does exist. The magazine, Britain's biggest men's weekly title, made the claim after conducting an online survey of its readers.

    The poll of 2131 readers showed that 64% of men suffer from a viral illness compared with just 45% of women. Men take on average three days to recover and women take on average …

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