Carleigh Krubiner, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, said, “Hopefully this will set a new precedent for ongoing and future Ebola vaccination efforts, avoiding costly delays in protocol approvals while women face the very real threats of Ebola infection.”

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An experimental drug for women revives an intense debate. In the coming days, the Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to approve an injection meant to increase women’s drive for sex. Its demonstrated effects are modest, but some doctors say the drug would meet a real need for thousands of women

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Trials of vaccines and treatments have not included enough female participants. Now that scientists are exploring possible cures, the need to enroll women is greater than ever

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So why can’t more women get it? We now know there’s a cheap, safe treatment that could save thousands of lives each year. But those who need it can’t always access it.

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There are 111,616 incarcerated women in the US, a 7-fold increase since 1980. Some of these women are pregnant, but amid reports of women giving birth in their cells or shackled to hospital beds, prison and public health officials have no hard data on how many are pregnant, or on the outcomes of those pregnancies

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Anne Drapkin Lyerly, a bioethicist and obstetrician, said that there is a deep-seated norm to leave pregnant women out of clinical trials, reinforced by policies that have classified them as “vulnerable” and institutional rules that have made it easier to avoid considering the ­potential risks and benefits altogether

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Women, especially pregnant women, are frequently excluded from immunisation programmes. The reasoning is often flawed—and the consequences can be fatal – with comments from our Carleigh Krubiner

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“The cost of doing this research versus the cost of essentially denying women access to something that could be highly beneficial, there’s really no comparison.”, says our Carleigh Krubiner, coauthor of a recent report on maternal immunization

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