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Sen. Barbara Boxer Introduces Bill to Boost Research on Autoimmune Diseases in Women

April 25, 2002

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced a bill to increase research on autoimmune diseases in women. Autoimmune diseases are the fourth largest cause of disability among women in the United States. There are more than 80 illnesses classified as autoimmune diseases, including scleroderma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

The Women's Autoimmune Diseases Research and Prevention Act, S. 2234, would direct the Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health to support and coordinate research and develop methods to prevent these diseases in women.

"Fifty million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease, and about 75 percent affect women disproportionately," Boxer said. "My bill would find new treatments and help women live healthier, longer lives. We cannot give up until we find a cure for these debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases."

Female-to-male ratios of cases of autoimmune diseases are dramatically skewed toward women, with ratios sometimes as high as 50 to 1.

"We have made progress in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease, but more work needs to be done. We must perform more research and make more information available to help the millions of American women stricken with these heartbreaking diseases," Boxer stated.

Track S. 2234: Bill Summary and Status


Contact Senator Boxer:

The Honorable Barbara Boxer
1700 Montgomery St
Suite 240
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 956-6701
(202) 224-3553




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