From Our 2013 Archives
Study: Women at Higher Risk for Allergies, Asthma
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Before puberty, boys are more likely than girls to have these health issues. But that changes when they become young adults, allergist Dr. Renata Engler said in a Friday presentation at an annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Baltimore.
The reasons for these gender differences are complex and vary with age. But what is clear is the need for improved understanding of how gender affects diagnosis, treatment and outcomes, he said.
"The importance of sex differences in the practice of allergy-immunology cannot be overstated," Engler said in an ACAAI news release. "Improved sex/gender-based medicine and research practices will benefit men and women alike."
This study was presented at a medical meeting, so it should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, Nov. 8, 2013