'Man flu' real say scientists

Women laugh about "man flu" but the condition is no myth, scientists have claimed.

A study found work stress increased the likelihood of men – but not women – complaining of sore throats and sniffles.

One explanation given for the finding was that men tended to "overrate" the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Women were more likely to soldier on in silence.

The scientists studied 1,200 manual workers from 40 different companies in South Korea.