Neurology

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

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Children (1 to 12 years)

New Head Space

When Patrick Lambie announced his retirement from rugby at the age of 28, many fans were left confused: how could symptoms of concussion cut a whole career short? As Mediclinic

Heart & stroke

What happens in your body during a stroke? [infographic]

A stroke is a brain attack: a medical emergency that robs your brain of oxygen. The longer you go without specialised treatment, the more damage is done to your brain.

Heart & stroke

Your stroke treatment journey [infographic]

The way we diagnose and treat stroke is changing. Today, Mediclinic takes a multidisciplinary approach, with the aim of ensuring all patients are treated in a standardised and timeous manner.

Heart & stroke

FAQs: Stroke – your common questions, answered

Dr Melanie Stander, Mediclinic’s Emergency Medicine Manager, answers frequently asked questions about stroke. WHAT IS A STROKE? A stroke, also known as a brain attack or a cerebrovascular accident (CVA),

Heart & stroke

The kinds of stroke: how they happen and how they harm your health

Ischaemic and haemorrhagic strokes and transient ischaemic attacks all affect the body differently. They can be caused by clots or ruptured blood vessels – and in some cases, like cryptogenic

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Heart & stroke

Early warning signs of stroke

When it comes to a brain attack (stroke), every minute counts. Your immediate action can help prevent brain damage and long-term disability. ‘If you suspect someone is having a stroke,

Gynaecology

Trailblazers: 3 female Mediclinic doctors making history

It’s true what they say: women rule the world. These three are offering expert care, helping patients and making history in their respective fields.   Dr Ncumisa Jilata Neurosurgeon, Mediclinic

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Healthy Life

Mental illness: A history of treatment

From isolation and asylums right through to the cutting-edge treatment on offer at Mediclinic Newcastle’s Kintsugi Centre, we take a look at the radical transformation of mental illness treatment over

Magazine

Adult ADHD: Your questions answered

Adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder can be a chronic, costly and debilitating disorder with far-reaching effects on your life – and your family’s. Here’s how treatment can transform your life. Attention

Neurology

Different kinds of migraines and what they mean

More than one in seven people suffer migraines, which are considered the third most common health condition in the world. Painful and debilitating, they often lead to absenteeism, anxiety and

Healthy Life

What sleep deprivation does to your health

With today’s fast-paced, always-on lifestyle, it’s not surprising that we’re not getting enough sleep. In fact, sleep deprivation is one of the biggest public health crises of our time, with an estimated one-third of adults not getting enough sleep.

Healthy Life

Have you been detoxing incorrectly?

Detoxification or ‘detox’ for short, has become a popular component of wellness. From a vegetable or fruit detox to a liquid-only fast, these efforts all target your liver. New research reveals that detoxing actually occurs naturally in your brain – while you sleep. A neurologist at Mediclinic explains further.

Diabetes

Protect your brain with optimal glucose control

Four hundred South Africans suffer a stroke daily: this is a medical emergency where the blood flow to a section of the brain is interrupted or diminished. What’s important is prompt treatment, which can limit damage to tissue that’s suffered a lack of oxygen and nutrients. Dr Rudi Renison, a neurologist in private practice at Mediclinic Cape Gate, explains.

Neurology

Is it possible to fully recover from a stroke?

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa estimates that 10 people suffer a stroke in South Africa every hour. There are ways to minimise the effects of a stroke – providing you act fast. Neurologist Dr Marcelle Smith, practising at Mediclinic Sandton, explains.

Neurology

Is there a link between blood pressure and Alzheimer’s?

According to a new study, blood pressure may be one of the risk factors that make the brain more vulnerable to dementia, including the formation of brain lesions typical of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Neurologist Dr Marcelle Smith, practising at Mediclinic Sandton, explains.

Expertise

Not functioning at your peak? You could have undiagnosed ADHD

ADHD is the most common psychiatric condition in South African children, and many diagnosed patients find their symptoms continue into adulthood. Here a Mediclinic psychiatrist explains the dangers of living with this undiagnosed condition, and what you can do about it.

Gastroenterology

Gut instinct: the gut-brain connection explained

An intimately connected highway runs between our brain and gut, and the hormones generated in both these organs, which travel this biological highway, play a large role in dictating our

Neurology

How your depression meds affect your brain’s makeup [infographic]

You may have heard that depression is caused by abnormal chemistry in the brain and that antidepressants work by altering the levels of these substances. But what does this mean? What is the chemistry behind depression?

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