Letters Science behind “man flu”

Man flu: less inflammation but more consequences in men than women

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k439 (Published 07 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k439
  1. Lucas T van Eijk, resident anaesthesiologist1,
  2. Peter Pickkers, professor of experimental intensive care medicine2
  1. 1Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Medicine, Radboud University Medical Center, Geert Grooteplein Zuid 10, 6525 GA, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Radboud University Medical Center, Geert Grooteplein Zuid 10, 6525 GA, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  1. lucas.vaneijk{at}radboudumc.nl

Sue presents extensive evidence from animal and human studies to show that men might suffer more than women in response to the same microbial challenge, that this may be related to sex hormones, and that it might have an evolutionary benefit.1

We challenged 30 healthy volunteers (15 men, …

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