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Women have been under-represented in stroke therapy trials for decades

An 81-year-old patient undergoes an injected brain scan to detect a stroke

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Clinical trials to test stroke treatments don’t include enough women, a disparity that could be hampering efforts to develop better care.

Globally, about 14 million people have a stroke each year, and women make up about 48 per cent of cases. But women are under-represented in clinical trials to test new treatments.

Cheryl Carcel at the George Institute for Global Health in Australia and her colleagues analysed 281 stroke studies from around the world – each involving at …

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