‘Aussie Flu’ Could Be Cured By ‘Lovemaking’

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A study at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania has shown how the body’s immune system is boosted when having sex as it produces more Immunoglobulin A.

The antibody fights infection, and researchers say that those romping twice a week have a 30 per cent more of it in their body than those who aren’t having sex.

An international daily reports that exercise could also have a similar impact, as well as sleeping well and stimulating your mind by reading, according to researchers.

Having a massage can also reduce a stress hormone which has a negative impact on the immune system by 53 per cent, researchers at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine in the US say.

The studies come as large parts of the nation are struck down with Aussie flu – also known as H3N2.

Public Health England revealed 1,649 people had been struck down with Aussie flu over the Christmas week, up almost half on the week before.

Symptoms of Aussie flu are similar to those caused by normal flu, but they are more severe.

Here are some signs to look out for:

• Sore throat and cough
• Headache
• Fever
• Muscle ache
• Fatigue
• Runny nose and sneezing

Plymouth, Doncaster and Durham are Aussie flu hotspots while other parts of the country have no recorded outbreaks, according to a map compiled by the FluSurvey website.

Dartford is one of the last areas to have cases reported, with Essex, Teesside and Devon appearing to be among the worst-hit regions.

Dorchester in Dorset and the City of London as of January 6 were the only places where no one has yet reported an “influenza-like illness” – with churches even banning handshakes in an attempt to curb the spread of infection. It relies on patients self-reporting so the true figure in each region is likely to be far higher.

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