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Neurology and Women's Health

Women have complex, unique health concerns, and neurology is no exception. At the biological level, sex differences such as hormonal changes during menarche, pregnancy, and menopause, and subtle influences sex hormones have on gene expression may affect symptoms and onset of Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions. Cultural mores mean that women do most of the caregiving for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, even as they are at greater risk than men for developing the condition. Even history plays a part, as for generations women have been left out of clinical trials for new treatments.

As part of Women’s History Month, several Duke neurologists agreed to discuss gender differences and concerns relevant to women in their areas of expertise. Read more about specific health concerns women face by clicking on the links below.