Women Still Left Out of Medical Research
MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two decades after the passage of a landmark law mandating that women be represented in government-funded medical research, a new report reveals that the world of science is still ignoring women’s unique health issues far more than it should.
“The science that informs medicine routinely fails to consider the impact of sex and gender, and this occurs at some of the earliest stages of research — from animal to human studies,” said report author Dr. Paula Johnson. The new findings are scheduled for release Monday at a national summit on women’s health issues in Boston.
While women are now more routinely included in clinical trials and an entire field of women’s health has emerged beyond reproductive health, “there are still enormous gaps in the scientific process as it relates to women,” said Johnson, who is executive director of The Connors Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
The latest statistics are indeed grim: