Does this make sense since science can’t yet explain why depression is twice as common in women, alcoholism is twice as common in men, eating disorders are three times more common is girls and autism is four times more common in boys? Nope. What are they thinking?
--Male mice, rats, and rodents are even preferentially used over females in basic clinical research!
What will it take to make women's health a priority in clinical research? We have Federal laws, NIH policies, FDA guidelines, four separate Federal agencies with an "Office of Women's Health," and repeated GAO audits, but the status of women's health research is abysmal for a nation that spends almost $3 trillion on health care. We've come a long way baby, but not far enough, and we may need a 28th amendment to the Constitution to finally have equal rights to a healthy life.
What can you do? Whether you are male of female:
Read the report. Educate yourself on sex-based differences. Advocate for yourself. Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and sex matters, damn it!
*"Sexx Matters" is the creative brainchild of the Society for Women's Health Research...an organization that works tirelessly to promote and advocate for sex-based differences research.