An Institute of Medicine (IOM) report (April 2001), “Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health,” confirmed that differences between the sexes exist in the prevalence and severity of a broad range of diseases, disorders and conditions. The groundbreaking report, Does Sex Matter?, underscores the need to better understand the importance of sex differences and how to translate the knowledge into improved medical practice and therapies. Sex-based biology is the field of scientific inquiry committed to identifying the biological and physiological differences between men and women. Sex differences that are found at the system, organ, tissue, cellular, and sub-cellular level, as well as sex differences in response to pharmaceuticals, are considered sex-based biology. Sex-based biology has the potential to revolutionize the way in which we understand health and disease for both men and women.
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