Evergreen Issues: Female hormone levels might affect Alzheimer’s, Wildfire Burns Near Yosemite, Two Women Podcast Against Climate Change

EVERY TUESDAY WE BRING YOU ISSUES THAT IMPACT YOU AS AN OUTDOOR LOVING WOMAN. WHETHER IT HAS TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE OR FEMALE EMPOWERMENT, WE SCOUR THE INTERNET, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT BILLS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS, AND DELIVER IT TO YOU – SO YOU KNOW.

1. Hormone Levels Might Affect Alzheimer’s in Women

Women have a higher chance than man of getting Alzheimer’s. One in 6 women could develop the cognitive disability compared to 1 in 11 men. Now, researchers are trying to figure out why. This week at the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Conference, researchers announced they’re looking into how hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, impact the onset of the disease.

NPR recently covered the issue and said according to research, “Women are less likely to develop dementia later in life if they begin to menstruate earlier, go through menopause later, and have more than one child.”

The study says that women who have three or more children have a 12 percent lower risk of getting some form of dementia than woman who have one child.

The research is ongoing and we do not know how testosterone might affect men’s chances of dementia.

2. Ferguson Fire Grows near Yosemite

More than 33,740 acres are burning near Yosemite National Park. According to the New York Times, one firefighter was killed and six others injured, as the Ferguson Fire moves closer to the park.

The New York Times says, “The smoke has blocked views of the valley inside the park and one of the most scenic routes, Glacier Point Road, has been closed to allow firefighters to assemble in the area.”

 

The fire is 13 percent contained and air quality is at a dangerous level. Park authorities say it hasn’t greatly affected visitor numbers despite visibility being poor.

3. A Fight Against Climate Change Pairs Comedians, Women and Podcasts

Two Irish lasses, former Irish President, Mary Robinson and comedian, Maeve Higgins are joining forces to educate on and combat against climate change. Lucky for us, they’re doing it in podcast form. Mothers of Invention tells stories in and open, accessible, light hearted way. Click the link to learn more.