Report reviews progress on women’s health issues

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 23 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5172
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Great advances have been made in research into cervical and breast cancer, an Institute of Medicine report says, but other women’s health issues have seen little progress, such as reducing the incidence of unintended pregnancies. The review of research on women’s health issues over the past 20 years was set up by Congress and released on 23 September.

    It notes that although women constitute just over half of the US population they “should not be considered a special, minority population, but rather an equal gender whose health needs require equal research efforts as those for men.

    “Historically, however, the health needs of women have lagged in medical research.”

    The report found that the greatest advances have been made on issues mostly …

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