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It's true! Men's colds are worse than women's sniffles!

Sydney, June 25 (ANI): Queensland researchers have confirmed that men's colds are worse than women's sniffles.

According to the researchers, when the dreaded bug strikes, women have a much stronger immune response to the virus than men.

Led by Professor John Upham from the University of Queensland's school of medicine, the five-member research team established that gender was a factor in how the immune system reacts to rhinoviruses, the viruses that usually cause the common cold.

Researchers from the University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital made the discovery after studying how people with asthma respond to rhinoviruses - which often results in hospitalisation.

In the process the researchers noticed that within their study group of healthy people there was a noticeable difference in the male and female responses to the cold viruses for those participants aged under 50.

"The biology is telling us something that female hormones are having a beneficial effect on the immune system, so we are going to investigate if there is a way of using that insight to develop a vaccine," Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

The findings have been published in the journal Respiratory Research. (ANI)

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