Neurology

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

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How your depression meds affect your brain’s makeup

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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Are you having panic attacks?

If you’ve ever felt a sudden onset of extreme fear without reason– to the point where you feel you might be dying – you could be suffering from panic attacks.

Children up to 12

Epilepsy surgery for children – from a neurosurgeon’s perspective

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by recurrent seizures, or convulsions that occur when there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy South Africa estimates the condition affects one out of every 100 people in South Africa, with 75% of those experiencing their first seizure before the age of 20.

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Understanding Alzheimer’s: stage by stage

Ask most people what behaviour they typically associate with Alzheimer’s disease and they’ll most likely say memory loss. This is true, and it’s usually the first sign, but this is just one manifestation of a complex disease that has many symptoms which progress slowly over several years.

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Can you get epilepsy from a tapeworm?

Eating raw or undercooked pork is highly risky for your health, not only because of the likelihood of bacteria in the meat, but also for the chance of picking up tapeworm.

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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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Can your weight affect your brain?

It’s not just your waistline that suffers when you pile on excess kilograms. A Mediclinic neurologist weighs in on how obesity can influence your brain functioning too.

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What causes ADHD?

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological disorder that affects as many as 1 in 10 children globally. And it’s often not a ‘stand alone’ condition.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • 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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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Children up to 12

Help your child by understanding the different types of ADHD

It’s vital that parents know the difference between the three types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and that they don’t jump to conclusions when it comes to their child’s behaviour. We help you learn more about this complex condition so you can make informed decisions.

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What is a sleep phase shift and what does it mean for teenagers?

A neurologist at Mediclinic explains why certain people may only fall asleep at 2am and how morning light exposure can help.

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Identifying Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is most commonly associated with the urge to move during periods of inactivity. Neuropsychiatrist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, explains RLS and the toll it can have on sufferers.

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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.

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‘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.

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.

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‘I want to bounce back’

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

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