Neurology

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • 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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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.

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

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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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 use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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?

Conditions

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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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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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.

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.

Children up to 12

Managing childhood ADHD at school

How do you know if your child has ADHD and how can you manage it at school?

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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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