Recent publications in Nature and Women's Health by Institute Director Teresa K. Woodruff and her post docs have seemed to hit a nerve among other science writers who are beginning to explore issue raised by Dr. Woodruff.    A few days ago an interesting article appeared in Slate, a daily magazine that has won numerous awards for excellence in online publishing.  An article posted by Melinda Wenner Moyer further explores issues raised by Woodruff including why the study of sex differences is critical to advancing science and why scientists often do not include males and females in their studies.  Moyer cites several reports that include data that shows how male centric science continues to be conducted despite mandates that require equal inclusion.

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It would nice if we could conduct more studies with peri-menopausal women. We are treating menopause as a disease because so many women having difficulty with the transition. Many of these women are suffering or going on synthetic medications. We aren't we teaching women other methods of feeling better.

i really hate issues on sex biases. what difference does it make if you'll have a female respondent in your studies? Women can be as good as men. However, one thing to consider here is the type of research study a person is having. If it applies best for men, or women, it all depends to the researcher.

I think it kind of depends at which university you are doing research. Where I study we actually have special research groups solely dedicated to this practice.

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