News of the WeekWOMEN'S HEALTH

Reports See Progress, Problems, in Trials

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Science  02 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5471, pp. 1562-1563
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5471.1562

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Ten years after its scathing report on the National Institutes of Health's failure to include women in clinical research, the General Accounting Office has concluded that the NIH is doing much better. Women are clearly taking part in clinical studies--in even greater numbers than men. And the amount of money devoted to diseases, such as breast cancer and depression, that disproportionately afflict women has risen steadily, outpacing increases in the NIH's overall budget. But NIH-supported researchers aren't always putting their data on women subjects to use.