NATION : NIH Creates Women's Office

From Times Wire Services

Responding to charges that medical research is sexist, the National Institutes of Health today created a women's health office to ensure females are not ignored by the cutting edge of biomedical science.

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.) and Rep. Constance A. Morella (R-Md.) met with top NIH officials today to review what the nation's top biomedical research center is doing to remedy shortfalls uncovered by a recent congressional investigation.

That report found landmark studies on many important health problems, such as cancer and heart disease, have focused mainly on men despite the strong likelihood of differences in the way the diseases affect males and females.

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