How Sex and Gender Influence Health and Disease

As more and more research informs us of the importance of sex as a factor in health research and therapies, it is important to understand the distinction between sex and gender. Women have unique physiology and respond differently to diseases, drugs and lifestyle. Increasingly researchers are exploring these differences, with the goal of improving the health care and wellness of women.

Learn more about the history of gender bias in medicine and the changes needed to protect women’s health.

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Alison Relyea-Parr

Alison Relyea-Parr

Alison is the editor and contributor of Womenshealth.com. A UW-Madison graduate, Alison is also an illustrator and educator.