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A drug that blocked the thrombin receptor on the platelet could avoid this problem, Hamm says.

More drugs, however, are not enough.

“There are big issues that haven’t been answered,” she says. Among them: why deaths from cardiovascular disease among women with diabetes remain stubbornly high compared to their male counterparts.

Is the disparity due to an increase in smoking among women? Are women less likely to receive appropriate treatment? Or do they have a different biology that isn’t picked up in studies of new drugs conducted largely in men?

That’s why basic research is so critical. “There are cures that are out there,” Hamm says. “We just can’t predict where (they) are going to occur.”

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