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Issue 45: Considerations in Treating Influenza
December 15, 2017
The question has been raised – are men immunologically inferior to women and does this account for the syndrome “ManFlu”? Check out some of the research below, and visit the "Quick Links" section for more!

Dr. Kyle Sue is a clinical assistant professor in family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a GP in northern Canada and has done an extensive review of the evidence. It seems that in vitro and mice studies suggest differences in levels of testosterone and estrogen which in turn affects the immune response. It also reflects an evolutionary purpose, whereby increase in male sickness may be a strategy important for survival since “it promotes energy conservation and reduces the risk of encountering predators."

The NHS in Britain has instituted a 999 system to deal with men stricken with ManFlu in their home:
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.
In all seriousness though...

The HFHT Choosing Wisely committee would like to wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy Christmas and Holiday season and we look forward to contributing to the health of our patients in the New Year.
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