Macho men heal faster

Remember this song from The Village People? Well, according to a study by the University of Missouri-Columbia, "men who fit the classic Hollywood tough-guy mould may be able to heal more quickly." (
In the study of occupations typically associated with masculinity such as the armed forces, the researchers found there was a correlation between their machismo and their ability to recover from serious injury.

Writing in the American Psychological Association's journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity, Professor Glen Good of the MU college of education said there were some interesting conclusions.

"It has long been assumed that men are not as concerned and don't take as good of care of their health," he said, "but what we're seeing here is that the same ideas that led to their injuries may actually encourage their recovery."

What does this mean for me? Well, I guess I should really protect against a potentially fatal wound, like a paper cut. Or, I could achieve my manliness and become someone like The Black Knight. HA!