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Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 8 June 2005
Vol. 2005, Issue 23, p. ns1
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2005.23.ns1]


Mars and Venus

For decades, researchers and doctors have relied on data gleaned from studying men to understand and treat health problems in women. New efforts to tease apart physiological differences between the sexes promise to improve health care for women--and for men

R. John Davenport

Abstract: Much of current medical practice uses research on men to guide treatment for women. But many illnesses don't hit both sexes equally hard. For example, at any particular age, the incidence of heart disease for men exceeds that for women. Moreover, heart attack symptoms aren't the same for both sexes. Researchers are uncovering unique aspects of women's physiology that might underlie their particular disease profiles and potentially lead to sex-tailored therapies.

Citation: R. J. Davenport, Mars and Venus. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2005 (23), ns1 (2005).

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