[ View the story "Bias in biology" on Storify] Bias in biology The Stream examines how the gender gap in medicine affects women's health.
The Stream· Mon, Oct 06 2014 16:21:44
From the early stages of medical research to testing of potential drugs and devices, male subjects are
more often than females. Because research using female biology is
, women often experience misdiagnoses and
to prescription medicine.
woman are literally dying because of gender bias in medical research but yeah we don't need feminism whateverGabrielle Marion
Below is a chart showing how men and women
differently to the non-prescription drug Ibuprofen.
Scientists argue that including female hormones
skews test results
. Some also say researching both sexes is
because it requires more samples.
It's not "hard". It's *expensive*. The NIH budget is WAY too small, with only 7% of grants getting funding (and the majority that fail are good science, just not the top 7%). Make every experiment cost more and there will be even fewer grants, even fewer medical advances, and even fewer scientists. If you want good science, you need to pay for it. Double the NIH budget, then we'll talk.theatlantic.com
To address potential gender bias and financial concerns, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US plans to
$10 million in grants for scientists to include women in medical research and clinical trials. Women currently make up
of all clinical trial participants.
Heart disease is the
number one killer of women
in the US yet it's an area where only
25 to 30 per cent
of research includes female subjects. The imbalance means doctors may often
heart disease in women. Once more, because the symptoms of heart attack for men and women differ, female patients are
to be referred for cardiac procedures.
Men feel crushing pain, women feel nausea. Men receive more aggressive treatment because of that. But heart attack is #1 killer of women.Tricia
Some also note the
in regards to research and medication for female sexual dysfunction.
There are 26 approved meds for male sexual dysfunction and 0 for women. Demand an end to politics in drug approval for women’s #sexuality.Sex Science & Nature
In response, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently
its plan to host workshops, addressing the lack of drug development for female sexual dysfunction.
The Stream asked its community about the gender bias in research and the medical treatment of women:
@locke @AJStream Mulitiple reasons, in US there are more men doctors, second pharmaceutical companies are headed by men.Trudy
@AJStream Because many societies are gendered, have a gender binary, it's quite possible that medical examinations/conclusions are as well.z
@AJStream I suspect for habit, and for simlpifying life avoiding hormonal cycles, a mouse has a 4 days ovulation cycle...F.L. Stefanato
Others shared personal stories about women who received inadequate treatment due to their sex:
@AJStream homemakers prsnt wth physical symptoms but after clinical examination are stress related mental issues.Deepak Damodaran
@AJStream When she gets ill she is asked for patience rather treatmentAbu Sulaim PhD
@AJStream a few things I have noticed in #nigeria, women are sometimes treated like they are meant to withstand any kind of pain.Inyingi irimagha