As a journalist, I believe that the Biden White House’s recent announcement of the first-ever White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research is an important step towards promoting personalized medicine and improving women’s health. According to Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, personalized medicine should start with the health of women, as it will enable personal well-being, ensure generational health, and promote fundamental fairness.
Woodruff’s research years ago revealed that sex as a biological variable was not included in the majority of published papers. This led to a skewed pipeline of work from bench discovery through therapeutic intervention that favored men. The Biden White House initiative aims to address this issue by promoting individual health in different aspects such as heart health, immune health, and the microbiome.
The focus on women’s health will also lead to better generational health for those born after this paradigm-shifting initiative. Maternal health is only ensured by a focus on women, and the White House initiative will also address the maternal mortality rate and provide better health services for women before, during, and after pregnancy.
Furthermore, Woodruff believes that the focus on women’s health will bring about fundamental fairness and address the lack of improvement in issues related to women’s health. She argues that when the health of women is prioritized, everyone benefits as a group and as individuals. Overall, I believe that this initiative is an important step towards improving healthcare outcomes for women and promoting personalized medicine for all individuals.