#WorldStrokeDay – Women have a higher stroke mortality rate than men

strokeWomen have a higher stroke mortality rate than men. Six in ten strokes deaths occur in women, largely due to stroke occurring later in life in women, when strokes are more dangerous.

Many of the major stroke risk factors occur more frequently in women or are sex-specific to women. As a result, one in five women is at risk for stroke, as opposed to one in six men. Women over the age of 85 have the highest stroke rates of any other demographic.

Women have elevated stroke risk factors. Some stroke risk factors such as diabetes, migraines with visual aura, atrial fibrillation, depression, and hypertension occur more frequently in women, and many more stroke risk factors are sex-specific to women, such as pregnancy, preeclampsia, use of birth control pills (especially in the case of women with high blood pressure), hormone replacement after menopause, hormone changes, and gestational diabetes. As a result, one in five women is at risk for stroke, as opposed to one in six men.

Women tend to have worse stroke outcomes than men. They experience a more severe decline in cognitive function, an increased likelihood of institutionalization, and a higher risk of post-stroke depression. Women with stroke do not receive care that is comparably suitable to their health needs compared with men with stroke.

Women and stroke subtypes. Some stroke subtypes, such as cerebral vein thrombosis and subarachnoid hemorrhage, are much more common in women.

Women and depression. Women tend to have worse stroke outcomes than men as indicated by more severe decline in cognitive function, an increased likelihood of institutionalization, and a higher risk of post-stroke depression.

Women as caregivers. The burden of care giving falls predominantly on women, an important issue to women and stroke, as research shows that women caregivers of spouses who have suffered trauma such as stroke tend to report a decrease in mental health after becoming caregivers. Furthermore, women with depression have a higher stroke risk.

Women experience a decrease in mental health after becoming caregivers. Female caregivers of spouses who have suffered trauma such as stroke tend to report lower quality of mental health, such as increased depression.
Isolation and loneliness. Women are more likely to be living alone and widowed before stroke; they are more often institutionalized after stroke and have poorer recovery from stroke than men.

Women with stroke do not receive comparable care to men with stroke. Women tend to be treated less than men, despite responding equally well to treatments.

There is a gender gap in stroke education. Despite the fact that women tend to be more aware of be more aware of the stroke signs and treatments than men, women delay going to the hospital after stroke onset and are less likely to be aware of the 4.5 hour window for stroke treatment.

Stroke is largely preventable through lifestyle management, yet to beat stroke, women need sex-specific information, preventative practices, and acute and long-term care and support. Join us for the 2014 World Stroke Campaign to help us raise awareness of these issues by educating yourself on women’s stroke health, participating in World Stroke Day activities, and organizing your own stroke event. Stroke does not discriminate, stroke affects us all.

Alzheimers Request – Please love me ’till my life is gone

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Last Surviving Soldier of WW1 – Harry Patch

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First In the world to beat terminal brain cancer’ girl dies

An eight-year-old girl who was dubbed the first in the world to be cured of terminal brain cancer has died.

Claudia Burkill passed away in her sleep four months after getting the all clear from doctors

Today, her mum posted a statement to her daughter’s Facebook page.

“Claudia died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of this morning. Despite her long illness, ultimately, her death is an incredible shock to all that know and love her,” it read.

Claudia, of Mount Rasen in England, was told she had metastatic pineoblastoma, a malignant brain tumour, at the age of five. On a number of times the family was told Claudia had just weeks to live and had planned her funeral. Then in June, three years to the day since Claudia’s mum first called a hospital about her daughter’s health, the family’s prayers were answered.

“Claudia is cancer-free and no longer classed as terminally ill,”

Mrs Burkill wrote on her daughter’s Facebook page.

“A miracle has happened, it really has. I just can’t stop shaking.”

The family credited the cancer cure to an experimental treatment known as The Milan Protocol.

“We are the luckiest people in this world – Claudia is believed to be the very first little girl in the world ever to survive metastatic pineoblastoma,” Mrs Burkill wrote in June.

“We had lived with a terminal diagnosis with death believed to be imminent for a crazy 694 days. Today is the very first day in a very long time that I can look into the eyes of our four stunning children and ‘know’ that I don’t have to plan the funeral of one of them in the very near future.”

However since June, Claudia has suffered pneumonia and lung issues, which are believed to have caused her death.

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@Bev_Minster is lighting up purple on the 1st to raise awareness 4 @OfficialPCA ðŸ’œ

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Novemeber 5th Spare a Thought To The PTSD Vets

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PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don’t go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.

People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person’s daily life.

PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.

Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager said.

He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife and family around him.

Born Bernard William Jewry and performing first as Shane Fenton, Stardust’s stage and screen career spanned over a half-century. He was best known for singles released in the 1970s and 1980s, including “My Coo Ca Choo”, the UK Singles Chart-topper “Jealous Mind”, and “I Feel Like Buddy Holly.”

In the early 1960s, “Shane Fenton and the Fentones” were an unknown teenage band who recorded a demo tape and mailed it in to a BBC programme with the hope of being picked to appear on television. While awaiting a reply from the BBC, the band’s 17-year-old singer Shane Fenton died as a result of the rheumatic fever he had suffered in childhood.

The rest of the band (guitarists Jerry Wilcox and Mick Eyre, bassist William “Bonny” Oliver and drummer Tony Hinchcliffe) decided to break up, but then unexpectedly received a letter from the BBC inviting them to come to London to audition in person for the programme. Fenton’s mother asked the band to stay together, and to keep its name, in honour of her son’s memory.

He participated in A Song for Europe, the UK qualifying heat of the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1985, with the song “The Clock on the Wall”. He finished in third place behind Vikki and Kerri Wells.

In 1986, Stardust performed the duet “I Hope and I Pray” with Sheila Walsh on her album Shadowlands, which was released as a single. That year he also performed at Windsor Castle as a lead in the Lloyd Webber–Rice musical Cricket.

Stardust was married three times: firstly to Iris Caldwell (sister of Rory Storm), who was an ex-girlfriend of both George Harrison and Paul McCartney, having grown up with them in Liverpool;[10] and secondly to the actress Liza Goddard. He was married to the actress and choreographer Julie Paton at the time of his death.

His son, Shaun Fenton, is the head teacher at Reigate Grammar School, and was previously head teacher at Pate’s Grammar School and Sir John Lawes School. His other son, Adam, is a drum and bass producer and DJ, known as “Adam F”. Stardust’s third child, Sophie Jewry, from his marriage to Liza Goddard, runs her own graphic design, printing, brand consultancy and coaching business and lives in Norfolk with her partner and daughter. Stardust’s fourth child, Millie Margaret May, was born in December 2000. The christening was covered by OK! magazine, with Sir Cliff Richard as one of the godparents. As wife Julie hails from Swansea, a Welsh flavour was provided by a harpist and Welsh male voice choir, the Gwalia Singers from Swansea.

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