Entries in Mythbusters: Men's Health (3)


Research backs up 'man flu' sufferers


Man flu ... no longer a myth.

It has been scorned by women as a sign of male weakness for generations - but ''man flu'' might not be a myth after all as men and women have different brains, new research has claimed.

Neuroscientist Amanda Ellison, of Britain's Durham University, has reached the conclusion that men really do suffer more with coughs and colds as they have more temperature receptors in the brain.

Dr Ellison said the difference lies in the area of the brain which balances a variety of bodily mechanisms, including temperature.

Men and women start out as equals in dealing with colds because the area, known as the preoptic nucleus, is the same size in children.

But when boys hit puberty testosterone starts to act on the area, which is in the brain's hypothalamus and attached to a hormone gland, making it larger.

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Not tonight, darling: why men say "no" to sex


Contrary to the stereotype, it's increasingly likely to be men who are giving women the cold shoulder in bed, say the experts. By Rebecca Frank.

It can feel like the ultimate rejection — the thinking goes that a man always wants sex, so he must have stopped finding you attractive, right? Wrong, on both counts. A reduced sex drive is a common side effect of our modern lifestyle and a growing problem among men, says sexologist Dr Gabrielle Morrissey. "Many men are working longer hours, experiencing more stress and drinking more alcohol, all of which can have a direct effect on libido. "The brain is the biggest sexual organ, as much for men as it is for women," adds Morrissey.

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No-strings casual sex has ties that bind

Women are as likely as men to enjoy casual sexual arrangements, but for different reasons, Deakin University researchers say.

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