|Differences in male/female coping styles dominated news
coverage of the gender and pain conference. Many reporters brought the subject home by
focusing on persons living with chronic pain in their communities. Many provided
information about local resources for pain treatment.
News stories also described some of the more technical reports, covering subjects such as the differing impact of the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen on pain, brain imaging of nerve pathways involved in the pain response, and efforts to identify genes that affect pain sensitivity.
Here is a sampling of news reports about the gender and pain conference:
Women more sensitive to pain, but also seem to handle it better. Washington Post, April 8, 1998.
Women suffer more from pain--but handle it better. Washington Times, April 8, 1998.
Research finds women do handle pain better. Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8, 1998.
Studies support claim: Women bear more pain. San Diego Union-Tribune, April 8, 1998.
Women hurt more than men do. But they cope better, study says. Denver Post, April 8, 1998.
Women do have more pain, but they cope. Boston Globe, April 6, 1998.
Pain by Gender: Men and women respond to pain in different ways, researchers are discovering--and they want to find out why. Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 12, 1998.
A Sore Subject. The Sun, April 21, 1998.
Women and men report different responses to pain. The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 1998.
Venus orbits closer to pain than Mars; Rx for one sex may not benefit the other. JAMA, 1998;280:120-124.
and boys' differing response to pain starts early in their lives. JAMA,