The Danger of Gender Bias in Medicine

I traveled to South America several years ago with a friend of mine. When we arrived for our stay, he recommended that I take melatonin to help reset my body clock, since the time zone was several hours different from our own. I had never tried melatonin before, but I …

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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 …

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The Greatest Health Threat To American Women

What does a heart attack look like? Easy, right? We’ve all seen the dramatic enactments on TV and in the movies. The actor suddenly clutches his chest in anguish, moans and collapses to the floor. A scene so familiar everyone of us can immediately make a confident diagnosis. But notice …

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Do Sex-Related Differences Make Women More Vulnerable to Infectious Disease?

It almost seems like a no-brainer: Men and women’s bodies are different. Why, then, would we expect them to respond to infectious diseases the same way? Believe it or not, this assumption has long existed, but data are now showing otherwise. Sabra Klein, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of …

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Why Medicine Often Has Dangerous Side Effects for Women – Dr. Alyson McGregor on the TED Stage

Drug trials and medical research have long focused on the male body. It is less expensive and easier to avoid the complicating factors of women’s hormones when developing new drugs. The assumption was that if a therapy worked for a man, it would work for a women. Increasingly the medical community …

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