Neurology

This sections details the common symptoms linked to the nervous system, which includes strokes, sleeping problems and migraines.

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A heads-up on headaches

We asked Dr Yaseen Yacoob, specialist neurologist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, about common causes and treatments of headaches – and how they’re classified.

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Five things you didn’t know about epilepsy

Epilepsy is a multifaceted set of conditions and affects each patient differently. Here are five things you may not know about epilepsy.

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Ongoing medical research into multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis has perplexed medical experts for decades, but scientific breakthroughs using stem-cell treatment may mark the winds of change in the treatment of the disease, presenting what look to be more positive, potentially long-term results.

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Migraines and when to seek help

Dr Zaheer Sacoor, a neurologist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, helps us understand the difference between a headache and a migraine, and when to seek medical help.

Conditions

‘I had a stroke at 19’

When Bianca Damon suffered a stroke in March 2015, at the age of only 19, she had no idea what was happening to her.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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Neurology

Brain power

You accidentally put your hand on the hot stove. As soon as you feel the burn, you’ll probably pull your hand away very quickly, right? That’s because communication happens in

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Mind your head

It’s rugby season, and for thousands of schoolboys it’s the time of year when head injuries occur. Dr Roger Melvill, a neurosurgeon at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, explains why it’s so important to seek treatment after a bump to the brain – even if you think you haven’t hit your head hard.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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‘I want to bounce back’

By living mindfully, Deirdre Visser-Barnard aims to find joy again.

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Dementia vs Alzheimer’s: What’s the difference?

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 35 million people around the world are living with dementia. But even though it affects so many people’s lives, there remains a lot of confusion about it. One of the biggest misconceptions? That dementia and Alzheimer’s are the same thing.

Cardiology

Don’t skip a beat

Every day our hearts beat about 100 000 times – but some people have an irregular heart rhythm. Dr Razeen Gopal tells us about the relationship between this condition and strokes.

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Questions about Alzheimer’s

We clear up five myths about Alzheimer’s disease with the help of neurologist Dr John Gardiner from Mediclinic Constantiaberg.

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How vision works

We find out how vision works according to neurologist Dr Alexander Landmann.

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Sleep clinics

If you’re constantly tired a sleep clinic may help diagnose your condition so you can have a good night’s rest.

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What causes insomnia?

Sleep is very important – here are some useful tips on how to get a good night’s rest.

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Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is not just about memory loss, read on to find out more.

Cardiology

Signs and symptoms of a stroke

September is heart and stroke awareness month. Living healthily, including taking regular exercise and eating a balanced diet, will go a long way to reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

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Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches aren’t very common but here’s what you need to know about them.

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When headaches signal trouble

Between 80 and 90% of people suffer from headaches – here’s when your headache could signal trouble.

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