Written by Alison Turner

Charlotte Cordonnier, MD. PhD. is Professor of Neurology and a Vice President of the European Stroke Organisation, as well as the founding member of the Women Initiative for Stroke in Europe (WISE), made up of female researchers and clinicians, examines the gap in stroke care for men and women in Europe.

Our sex dictates the biology of our bodies – that much is clear. Male, female or other, our chromosomes determine what hormones will swirl around inside us, and how our body parts will develop. Male bodies are more vulnerable to certain diseases than female, and vice versa. But often, not for any biological reason, being male or female is a key that allows us access to, or control over, resources and decisions, because gender norms dictate our behaviour.

Gender norms are also influencing our health. Girls may receive different or inadequate education, for example, leaving them unable to make informed health choices. Or perhaps it is the norm that men should smoke or drink heavily. In some cases, a woman may feel that her peers expect her to put the needs of her children before her own health, so she won’t take time for a health screening. Men may believe it is not socially acceptable to prioritise their mental health. These expectations from society that men and women should behave in a certain way, or should not have access to health options, can expose us to different health risks. If we can improve our understanding of both biological differences and differences resulting from gender norms, we can be better equipped to address disease and ill-health.


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An estimated 15 percent of strokes are a result of untreated atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib). AF is the most common type of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), and it dramatically increases the risk of stroke – approximately five times! In the last 20 years, AF has become one of the most important public health problems and a significant cause of increasing health care costs in western countries.


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Written by Ana Sandoiu
Published on www.medicalnewstoday.com

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States, and mental illness affects tens of millions of Americans each year. New research finds a link between the two, as psychiatric illness is found to raise the risk of stroke.
A new study suggests those who have mental health problems may also be at an increased risk of stroke.
The American Heart Association (AHA) estimate that almost 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year, and almost 130,000 people die from it.


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London, 1st March 2017– SAFE, ESO and industry partners met this week in London, to continue working on the Burden of Stroke project. The main topic was the Burden of Stroke Report launch in May this year, but other important topics were also discussed in a productive 4-hour long meeting.


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MERZ SAFE Initiative

Image: lifewithspasticity.com

Frankfurt, Germany, February 28, 2017—Merz Pharmaceuticals has announced the launch of Life With Spasticity, an educational online platform intended to provide comprehensive information and motivational support for stroke survivors who experience poststroke spasticity. Designed by and for individuals living with spasticity, the project is funded by Merz and has been developed in partnership with Stroke Alliance For Europe (SAFE).

“In addition to providing emotional support and motivation for stroke survivors, the ‘Life With Spasticity’ website also offers a meaningful overview of post-stroke spasticity treatments and rehabilitation processes. We want to ensure that stroke survivors and their caregivers receive accurate and accessible information about the treatment options available to them,” explained Jon Barrick, the President of SAFE. “We believe that everyone who has had a stroke should have the opportunity to make the best possible recovery.”


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Final Conference
27-28 February 2017, Thon City Centre Hotel, Brussels

Addressing Chronic Diseases: How can the EU effectively implement their prevention, management and care across Member States?

JA-CHRODIS’ aim is to contribute to reducing the burden of chronic diseases and to promoting healthy living and active ageing in Europe. Partners gathered highly promising and cost-effective good practices focusing on health promotion and primary prevention as well as the management of multimorbidity and diabetes, with a view to facilitate their exchange and transfer between European countries and regions.


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Walking Ability Study Benefits Stroke Survivors

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in older adults in the United States, but research by Clarkson University Associate Professor of Physical Therapy George Fulk and his colleagues is pointing the way to recovery for people who are relearning how to walk.

Using data collected over a number of years from two other large clinical trials, the Potsdam, N.Y. researcher and his team were able to create and analyze one large database. Their results show a six-minute walk test is the strongest predictor of walking activity in the home and community for stroke survivors. That information, in turn, helps map the most effective steps for physical rehabilitation and independence.


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