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Time to Shift Research Focus from 'Bikini Medicine' to What Is Really Ailing Women

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A new study has found that women's health research remains disproportionately focused on the reproductive years—particularly on pregnancy—with few articles on the major causes of illness and death in women.

Despite growing awareness of differences in how women experience medical conditions and the impact this can have on diagnosis and treatment, this research gap has widened over the last ten years, researchers found.

Lead author Laura Hallam from The George Institute for Global Health said that the focus on so-called 'bikini medicine' stemmed from the mistaken belief that women's health only differs ...