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THERE ARE approximately 340 000 women in the US Armed Forces—nearly 200 000 on active duty and the rest serving part-time as reservists—and those numbers are expected to grow.
Now, efforts to redress medical research's insufficient attention to women (JAMA. 1990;263:1049-1051, 1055) are extending to this population.
The $500-million Women's Health Initiative (JAMA. 1992;267:469-470, 473) already is under way. But Congress, noting that women in the military face health issues unlikely to be studied in civilian research, directed the Department of Defense to set up what now is the Defense Women's Health Research Program.
Army Asks Advice
The US Army manages the program, in coordination with the other military services and some federal agencies, through its Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Frederick, Md. For advice about how to use Congress' 2-year $80-million appropriation (which the House of Representatives is threatening to cut by 85% in 1996), the command
Gunby P. Unique Medical Problems of Military Become Part of Intensified Research Into Women's Health. JAMA. 1995;274(12):932-933. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530120018005