Gender Puts Women More at Risk for Stroke

“Whatever stage of life a woman is in, it’s important that she be aware of all the risk factors of stroke,” McDougal says. “As it’s often said, ‘knowledge is power.’ And in this case, the more knowledgeable a woman is about her stroke risk factors, the more she’ll be able to understand how she can be affected and work with her physician or health care provider as appropriate to reduce them.”

Zika Virus

Zika virus, named after Uganda’s Zika forest, was detected in 1947 for the first time, though the first human case is said to be documented in 1952. After that, subsequent cases of the virus have been reported in different parts of the country. The virus carrier is a mosquito, Aedes species, and is believed to be transmitted through a bite from an infected mosquito.

Football, Concussions…and You?

While many of us don’t have to worry about participating in an activity that puts us at risk of continuous concussions, like those who play contact sports, you should be aware that anyone can suffer a concussion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 1.3 million people suffer from concussions every year. And, while concussions typically aren’t life-threatening, they should be taken seriously.