What Does Sex Have To Do With Asthma?.mp4

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>>Narrator: Even though sheÕs been dealing
with asthma since she was 12, Jodi Moore says itÕs never been as bad as when she was expecting
her daughters.>>Jodi Moore: It was way worse when I was
pregnant, yeah. It was worse than it had ever been. Ever.>>Narrator: The fact that JodiÕs asthma flared
to dangerous levels when she was pregnant is, obviously, a uniquely female experience.
But when it comes to asthma, it may not be the only one.>>Jennifer McCallister: Asthma in men and
women is not the same. There is this general perception that, you know, one size fits all
for asthma, but we have found that, actually, thatÕs not the case.>>Narrator: Doctor Jennifer McCallister is
an asthma expert at Ohio State University Medical Center who is calling for a new sex-specific
approach to asthma. McCallister says there is growing evidence
that the same disease can affect men and women in very different ways. For example, under
the age of 15, asthma is 54 percent more common in males. But after the age of 35, that changes,
asthma becomes nearly twice as common in women. Females are also more likely to be hospitalized
from asthma, and are more likely to be hospitalized from asthma, and are more likely to die from
it. Studies show, they even report different symptoms, which could impact how their doctors
choose to treat them. Jennifer McCallister: By using sex-specific
symptoms, then you may be better able to determine just how well controlled the patientÕs asthma
is. Narrator: There are enough differences in
men and women, that many are now calling for the same thing, a new gender-specific approach
to studying and treating asthma, not only for patients now, but future generations as
well. At Ohio State University Medical Center, this is Clark Powell Reporting.

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