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Men and women’s bodies often respond differently to medical conditions and the resulting treatments. Men and women differ in metabolism, hormone levels, physical size, and perhaps other ways that are as yet unknown due to lack of research—but treatments are often developed based on the “average” clinical trial participant who tends to be white and male....

In this "Contagious Conversations" podcast, Dr. Georges Benjamin, of the American Public Health Association, discusses our nation’s health and how public health has changed over time, he also shares insights on how disparities impact health, how data informs decisions, and how we can bring many diverse fuse together to tackle the most pressing health challenges of our time....