The gender health gap: times medicine failed women
May 28 is International Day of Action on Women’s Health
The gender health gap is real. Although women have a longer life expectancy than men, they often experience worse health outcomes. This inequity partially stems from the "gender research gap," or the historic exclusion of women from medical research, which unfortunately affects women to this day. But it's not just the gender factor. Across the world, women from minority groups receive a lower standard of care and are often underdiagnosed in comparison to white women, which sometimes has fatal consequences.
From overly male-dominated clinical trials to the lack of female crash test dummies, what are some of the most significant examples of the gender health gap? Click on to find out.
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