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For generations, nearly all medical research was done on men. And the assumption was that what’s true for men is true for women. Now of course we know that’s not the case. And most researchers today make it clear that they’re trying to recruit a relatively equal number of men and women. But according to the Society for Women’s Health Research, women may not be aware of their importance in medical studies.
Sherry Marts is the vice president of scientific affairs for the society. She says these numbers reflect the difficulty of getting older women in particular involved in research. But women over 65 are one of the fastest growing segments of the population. Marts says our ability to improve care, develop new treatments and find cures depends on research and educating aging women about their role in medical breakthroughs.