Neurology

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

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Migraines and when to seek help

Posted on 7 October 2016

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.

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‘I had a stroke at 19’

Posted on 20 September 2016

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

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Brain power

Posted on 31 March 2016

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

Posted on 22 March 2016

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.

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‘I want to bounce back’

Posted on 4 March 2016

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

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

Posted on 25 September 2015

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.

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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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Don’t skip a beat

Posted on 22 September 2015

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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Strokes in new moms

Posted on 3 September 2014

A phenomenon we seldom hear about but that’s slowly on the increase worldwide, new moms can experience a mini-stroke up to 12 weeks after giving birth. But before you panic, Dr Peter Haug, a neurologist at Mediclinic Milnerton in Cape Town, gives us the facts to help allay your fears.

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Questions about Alzheimer’s

Posted on 17 December 2013

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

Posted on 28 November 2013

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

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Sleep clinics

Posted on 1 November 2013

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?

Posted on 8 October 2013

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

Posted on 25 September 2013

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

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Signs and symptoms of a stroke

Posted on 3 September 2013

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

Posted on 4 July 2013

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

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When headaches signal trouble

Posted on 11 June 2013

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

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Understanding cerebral palsy

Posted on 23 May 2013

Paediatric neurologist Dr Birgit Schlegel explains how therapeutic treatment can help a child with cerebral palsy.

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Tension headaches

Posted on 16 May 2013

What you should know about tension headaches – what causes them and how to treat them.

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Migraine matters

Posted on 2 May 2013

Did you know there’s a 60% chance of suffering from migraines if one of your immediate relatives have them too?

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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Posted on 15 January 2013

If you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, help is at hand.

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Looking at: back pain, thyroid and obesity

Posted on 29 November 2012

Back pain, testing for thyroid problems and dealing with obesity are three of your questions we asked our experts to answer.

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