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New advances with women's health care in Texas

Amarillo, TX - Texas Tech doctors and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health are helping set a new standard when it comes to women's health care.

"We're really wanting to make everyone aware... Researchers, practitioners and consumers, alike, that we need to consider the differences between men and women," LWBIWH director, Laura Street, said.

The Amarillo-based health centers have launched a collaboration with Texas Health Resources in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, focusing on women's health care and gender-specific medicine.

"Our mission is to make sure that we ask researchers to study both men and women and find out what those differences are and then to ask practitioners to consider that when they are seeing patients," Street said.

Texas doctors are calling for more research for both men and women.

"We're really excited it gives us and opportunity to add some 'umpf' behind some things we were already doing to educate and reach out to women about health issues," Texas Health Resources director of brand marketing, Deena McAlister, said.

Street explained how, sometimes, the remedy for a man is not always the same as a woman.

"80 percent of drug adverse reactions are with women, but all the studies that are being done are mainly with men. So, we need to study more women and find out do we need to change dosages, do we need to change more types of medication within a medication category or do we need to change more types of medication?" Street said.

Gender-specific medicine is an area Amarillo specializes in that is not always easy to find. Texas Health Resources says it is happy to be a part of it.

"We have strong partners who are dedicated to health care and education that can make a difference right here," McAllister said. "We don't necessarily have to look outside of the state to set a precedence."

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