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The debate over which gender is stronger has become a topic of medical research that suggests women might be at higher health risk.
It found adult women are more prone to developing asthma, allergies and autoimmune diseases than their male counterparts. (Via The Telegraph)
On the other hand, boys who haven’t hit puberty are more likely than girls of the same age to have these health issues. (Via ABC)
The findings were presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Scientists say understanding gender-differences in disease risk and immune responses are difficult to understand but very important.
Medical Daily reports a similar study conducted by the ACAAI found women in their 40s and 50s were hospitalized more frequently than man over asthma-related complications.
A doctor from ACAAI was quoted as saying, “during the menopausal years, women’s hospitalization rates are double those of men in the same age group.”
This indicated asthma might have biological traits, but the ACAAI says it doesn’t stop there.
Genetics are also said to play a big part in allergy and asthma risk. A team of doctors at The University of Tennessee found women who received allergy shots while pregnant actually “lowered their child’s chance of developing allergies, asthma and eczema by up to 16%.” (Via Time)
The researchers behind this most recent study believe improved gender-based medicine and research practices will be highly beneficial to men and women.