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How Sexism Is Hindering Medical Research

Wednesday 7 February 2018


From The Sydney Morning Herald:


"This is why it's vital to study sex differences in research".
(Photo: Supplied)

How sexism is hindering medical research

By Naomi Chainey
February 7, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Fairfax Media


My own condition, ME/CFS (also called myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome), is, like MS, up to four times more common in women and shares other characteristics such as immune, cognitive and gut dysfunction, intermittent paralysis, fatigue and chronic pain.

ME/CFS was labelled hysteria as recently as 1970 by two psychiatrists whose logic went: "there is little evidence of organic disease affecting the central nervous system and epidemic hysteria is a much more likely explanation. The data which support this hypothesis are the high attack rate in females compared with males."

The paper they published had a significant impact on the research that followed, with scientists focused on discovering biological causes finding that their funding had dried up and governments prioritising research into psychiatric interventions (research now being held up to unfavourable scrutiny by the scientific community).


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