Neurology

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

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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.

Conditions

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.

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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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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.

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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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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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Strokes in new moms

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

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

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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.

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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.

Babies

Understanding cerebral palsy

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

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Tension headaches

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

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