“Women are more prone than men to some risk factors that cause heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Women have higher rates of obesity…”.1

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What may the Women’s Health Research Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Women’s Health News
  • Women’s Health Research

Definition

What is women’s health research?Women’s Health

In What Is Women’s Health Research? the (United States National Institutes of Health (NIH)) Office of Research on Women’s Health’s (ORWH) elaborate on:

“The field has expanded far beyond its roots in reproductive health and includes the study of health throughout the lifespan and across the spectrum of scientific investigations: from basic research and laboratory studies to molecular research, genetics, and clinical trials. Researchers are investigating healthy lifestyles and behavior, risk reduction, and disease prevention, and searching for the best ways to diagnose and treat chronic conditions”.2

Research

Women’s Health ResearchWomen’s Health Research How is women’s health research important?

The ORWH explain:

“A person’s health is influenced throughout their lifespan by many factors. Some of the most important factors include sex, gender, racial ethnicity, culture, environment, and socioeconomic status. Researchers are discovering the critical roles that sex (being male or female) and gender identity (including social and cultural factors) play in health, wellness, and disease progression. The discoveries being made through the study of women’s health and sex differences are key to advancements in personalized medicine for both sexes”.3

Women

Are women represented in research?Women’s Health Research

In Health Equity: Why Is Equity In Women’s Health Important? the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women note:

“Let’s take bias out of the health equation.

  • Women are underrepresented in research, which means there’s a lot we still don’t know
  • Women are not receiving optimal treatment, which comes from lack of access and/or lack of knowledge
  • Women are grossly underrepresented in STEM careers–we need to close that gap”.4

What is STEM?

STEM may be an abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Office of Research on Women’s Health

What is the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)?

In About the ORWH elaborate on:

“ORWH is part of the Office of the Director of NIH, and works in partnership with the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers to ensure that women’s health research is part of the scientific framework at the NIH—and throughout the scientific community”.5

Society for Women’s Health Research

What is the (United States) Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR)?

The SWHR explain:

“The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is the thought leader in promoting research on biological sex differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education. We are making women’s health mainstream”.6

Women’s Health

Women’s Health ResearchWomen’s Health Research What sex and gender differences are there in many diseases and conditions?

According to the ORWH:

“There are striking sex and gender differences in many diseases and conditions, including:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Depression and brain disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Infectious diseases
  • Obesity
  • Substance abuse disorders”.7

Risk Factors

What risk factors are women more prone to than men?

In Health Equity: Path To Parity Go Red for Women explain:

“Women are more prone than men to some risk factors that cause heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Women have higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Factors related to reproductive health increase a woman’s risk of CVD – early menarche, early menopause, miscarriages, and complications of pregnancy like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes”.8

Equity

Why is equity important in women’s health?

In Health Equity: Path To Parity Go Red for Women elaborate on:

“Societal factors impact a woman’s ability to live a healthy lifestyle and access quality, affordable healthcare. Low income and women with less education have nearly double the rate of disease. Where you live can greatly impact your health. Life expectancy can differ by 20+ years for people living just 5 miles apart because accessible options for healthy living are often limited near neighborhoods with lower economic stability”.9

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  1. Health Equity: Path To Parity. Go Red for Women https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved/health-equity Accessed: 14 July 2021
  2. What Is Women’s Health Research? National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health https://orwh.od.nih.gov/research/funded-research-and-programs/what-womens-health-research Accessed: 14 July 2021
  3. What Is Women’s Health Research? National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health https://orwh.od.nih.gov/research/funded-research-and-programs/what-womens-health-research Accessed: 14 July 2021
  4. Health Equity: Why Is Equity In Women’s Health Important? Go Red for Women https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved/health-equity Accessed: 14 July 2021
  5. About. National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health https://orwh.od.nih.gov/about Accessed: 14 July 2021
  6. Society for Women’s Health Research http://swhr.org/ Accessed: 14 July 2021
  7. What Is Women’s Health Research? National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health https://orwh.od.nih.gov/research/funded-research-and-programs/what-womens-health-research Accessed: 14 July 2021
  8. Health Equity: Path To Parity. Go Red for Women https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved/health-equity Accessed: 14 July 2021
  9. Health Equity: Path To Parity. Go Red for Women https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved/health-equity Accessed: 14 July 2021

Topic Last Updated: 05 August 2021 – Topic Last Reviewed: 14 July 2021
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