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Nov 8, 2018

Maya Dusenbery is a journalist, editor, and the author of Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. She is editorial director of and has previously been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard. Her work has appeared in publications like Slate,, HuffPost,, Popular Science, and Teen Vogue, among others.

03:01 More than 40% of women with an autoimmune disease have been told by a doctor that they are overly concerned with their health.
04:03 Gender gap delays in diagnosis.
05:03 “The knowledge gap and the trust gap.”
06:38 Why autoimmune diseases are so difficult to diagnose.
09:26 Why it’s difficult for patients to trust themselves in their pain and problems.
10:05 Underestimating the authority that medical professionals hold.
13:14 The issues with treating women properly.
14:19 “Women are 50% to 75% more likely than men to have an adverse drug reaction.”
15:10 The remarkable problem that leaves one-half of the population less well treated.
15:49 “The less that we know about women’s bodies ... the more that we tend to ... dismiss them.”
17:42 “We are poised for change.” —Stacey
19:31 Social media and affecting change.
21:47 Do employers have a stake in this?
24:53 Maya’s advice for health care professionals and systems to better cater to millennial women.
25:14 "... listening to women and believing them.”
26:57 Why millennials are more likely to skip primary care and go straight to a specialist.
31:41 “Nobody ... wants their health to become a second full-time job.”
32:12 Health care providers educating themselves on the history of health care and its biases.