Global Health Asia-Pacific May 2022 May 2022 - Page 4

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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This issue looks at areas of medicine where much-needed improvements could benefit female health while highlighting conditions that disproportionately affect women .
In our cover story , gender medicine is touted as a powerful approach that provides better care by tailoring treatments to individual needs based on both sex and social differences . This has the potential to benefit women in particular because they ’ ve long been excluded from medical research , while male biology has been mistakenly used as a general reference .
A feature on autoimmune diseases shines a light on rheumatoid arthritis and lupus , two of the most common chronic conditions that drive the immune system to attack healthy tissues , potentially leading to excruciating pain and partial disability . Women make up most patients , but there ’ s still poor awareness about these illnesses .
Women are also disproportionally afflicted with myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome ( ME / CFS ) and fibromyalgia , two poorly understood conditions that plague patients with disabling fatigue or pain and that have been dismissed for decades in the medical community .
Both features point to the need for better research and understanding around these illnesses to improve care and quality of life .
Finally , an interview with Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar delves into the challenges of chronic pelvic pain in women , a condition that could prevent them from having fulfilling relationships or from working productively but is sometimes trivialised as a normal female experience .
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