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Your Prescription May Be Sexist

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Men and women don't look the same, and their bodies don't function the same way either. If men and women are physically and physiologically different, then why have the majority of drugs currently on the market been tested only on men?

Read on to learn more about gender differences in medicine, and about the long-term effects of excluding women from drug testing.

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2) Female mice liberated for inclusion in neuroscience and biomedical research. Retrieved February 29, 2016.

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4) Why Medicine Often Has Dangerous Side Effects for Women. Ted.com. Retrieved February 29, 2016. https://www.ted.com/talks/alyson_mcgregor_why_medicine_often_has_dangerous_side_effects_for_women/transcript?language=en 

5) The Impact Sex Differences Research Can Have on Women’s Health. ClinicalTherapeutics.com. Retrieved February 29, 2016.

6) These Medications Affect Women Differently Than Men. So Why Aren't They Being Studied In Women?. Prevention.com. Retrieved March 2, 2016. http://www.prevention.com/health/medications-effects-women

7) McGregor, Alyson J. (2016, March 7). Email interview.

8) Nature Podcast. Nature.com. Retrieved February 29, 2016. http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/v509/n7500/nature-2014-05-15.html

 9) Individualised prediction of alternate-day aspirin treatment effects on the combined risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal bleeding in healthy women. NIH.gov. Retrieved March 14, 2016.

10) FDA: Cut Ambien Dosage for Women. abcnews.go.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/fda-recommends-slashing-sleeping-pill-dosage-half-women/story?id=18182165           

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