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affect people differently based on their sex and that some drugs or therapies may not be as effective in women as in men. Cedars-Sinai's Women's Health Research RegistryTM aims to bring about a greater balance in the numbers of male and female trial participants in clinical trials."

There are more than 600 research projects underway at Cedars-Sinai's Burns & Allen Research Institute. Dr. Bairey Merz is Chair of a national, multi-center study called Women's Ischemic Syndrome (WISE) that received its initial funding in 1997 from the National Institute of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The study is designed to determine if previously accepted information gleaned from research conducted on men with coronary artery disease is useful in diagnosing women with heart disease.

"We're looking for women with varying backgrounds, with or without current medical conditions, who are willing to consider participating in research studies," says Dr. Bairey Merz. "Women represent 51% of the population yet, surprisingly, we know very little about their health and aging. The registry will allow qualified investigators to identify potential participants for their studies and, in the long term, will contribute to the future of medicine," she says.

Many common health conditions experienced by both women and men are being managed by treatments that were developed and tested mostly in men, Dr. Bairey Merz adds. This is noteworthy in light of current data showing that: Heart disease kills 50,000 more women than men each year; women smokers are more likely to develop lung cancer than men smokers; and three out of four people suffering from autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus, ar
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Contact: Sandra Van
sandy@vancommunications.com
800-880-2397
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
12-May-2004


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