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This wouldn’t be from the Christmas issue of BMJ, would it? 😉

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> On Dec 14, 2017, at 12:28 PM, Harrow, Andrea M. <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Yup.  This was reported in the LA Times this morning.  Had me rolling my eyes and nodding my head in agreement.  Article concludes with this statement:   Even without a complete understanding of the biological basis for man flu, (Doctor) Sue suggests this policy initiative in the name of public health: "Perhaps now is the time for male-friendly spaces, equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to be set up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort."  
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> Tee-hee-hee
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> Andrea Harrow
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of King, Fred
> Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:44 AM
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> Subject: Chat: Man Flu is real!
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> A new study in the BMJ indicates that "man flu" is real. Since I was out for four weeks earlier this year (Occupational Health wouldn't let me come back to work) and spent a night in hospital (for observation, until they got tired of looking at me), I am delighted for the confirmation. From the abstract:
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> "Man flu" is a term so ubiquitous that it has been included in the Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries. Oxford defines it as "a cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms." Since about half of the world's population is male, deeming male viral respiratory symptoms as "exaggerated" without rigorous scientific evidence, could have important implications for men, including insufficient provision of care.
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> Despite the universally high incidence and prevalence of viral respiratory illnesses, no scientific review has examined whether the term "man flu" is appropriately defined or just an ingrained pejorative term with no scientific basis. Tired of being accused of over-reacting, I searched the available evidence to determine whether men really experience worse symptoms and whether this could have any evolutionary basis.
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> Link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__doi.org_10.1136_bmj.j5560&d=DwIFAg&c=Wu5BWHbWoOG8aDgfACFL6Q&r=gCQC6-YLHUWzmfd-pum_LLGefcsXQ1vaZxfOhfn4v8g&m=glkjyFxY6_AHHQ7SwC-XUweNDFCQvD5CP8T_6zgLSpc&s=PdvZZKtG4zudUU2cJvirOln3PhUtjfOiO1_LoDzlEgQ&e= There's a podcast, too.
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> Just one little thing-it's part of the Christmas 2017 feature articles; when I looked at the BMJ's home page, it was right above the article "Does Peppa Pig encourage inappropriate use of primary care resources?"
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> Fred King
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