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Men vs. Women: Who Really Gets Sicker?

Do illnesses really affect men worse than women? As it turns out, they do! Why does this happen?

Whenever flu season rolls around, the debate reignites over the phenomenon of "the man flu." Is it really the case that men get sicker than woman? Or is it simply that men act like babies when they get the sniffles? Both viewpoints have their advocates.

Well, it turns out we have some hard science on the matter. It appears that some viruses do take it easier on women, for some very strange reasons. It also seems that higher testosterone levels can make some illnesses more severe, also for strange reasons. For a more thorough explanation of said reasons, tune into today's DNews report with Trace Dominguez.

Read More:

The Telegraph: Man flu is no myth as scientists prove men suffer more from disease

Nature Communications: The evolution of sex-specific virulence in infectious diseases

PNAS: Systems analysis of sex differences reveals an immunosuppressive role for testosterone in the response to influenza vaccination