Society for Women’s Health Research Praises CBS 60 Minutes for Focusing on How Drugs Affect Women and Men Differently

SWHR Leads the Way in Advocating for More Research on Diseases and Treatments

Article ID: 613579

Released: 10-Feb-2014 3:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR)

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Newswise — The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is the leading voice on research into the biological differences between women and men. SWHR President and CEO Phyllis Greenberger comments on the CBS 60 Minutes segment that aired February 9 on how drugs uniquely affect men and women:

“For nearly 25 years, the Society for Women’s Health Research has fought for more research into sex differences in health and medicine. We appreciate 60 Minutes highlighting these differences in the area of prescription drugs. The more women know how drugs may affect them differently from men, the healthier they will be.

SWHR is proud to have presented 60 Minutes with historical background and research—literally hundreds of documents—that helped them put together their report. We applaud them for talking to some of the leading experts in the field, three of whom—Dr. Larry Cahill, Dr. Noel Bairey-Merz and Dr. Doris Taylor—have been actively engaged with SWHR on research into sex differences.

While exploring these differences in drugs is important, there are a whole range of differences that impact the onset, prevalence and severity of diseases and conditions in women and men. We need more understanding into the mechanisms of disease for how they should be treated individually. This year alone, SWHR is actively supporting research into how women are uniquely affected by cardiovascular disease, chronic disease and domestic violence, and sleep disorders, just to name a few.

SWHR continues to advocate for increased public and private funding for women’s health, greater inclusion of women and minorities in medical studies, and more analysis of the differences between women and men. We are pleased 60 Minutes helped bring greater awareness to this issue of vital importance to millions of women nationwide.”

Dr. Cahill is a member of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, which was founded by SWHR in 2006, and Dr. Bairey-Merz chairs the SWHR Interdisciplinary Network on Cardiovascular Disease, which is working to improve cardiovascular health for women and men across their lifespans, with Dr. Taylor also serving as a member.Watch a video of Dr. Cahill discussing the importance of studying sex differences at an SWHR event. For more information, please visit


The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is the national thought leader in the study of biological differences in disease, dedicated to transforming women’s health through science, advocacy and education. SWHR advocates for increased public and private funding for women’s health; greater inclusion of women and minorities in medical studies; and analysis of the biological differences between men and women in disease and health issues. For more information, visit


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