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

Neurology

Do you know how to recognise a serious head injury?

Head injuries can vary in degree from minor knocks to serious trauma. A neurologist at Mediclinic Sandton explains how important it is to distinguish between the two.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • 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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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?

Children (1 to 12 years)

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.

Neurology

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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Don’t underestimate a concussion

Whether it’s the result of a blow to the head, bad fall or hard tackle, a concussion is an invisible injury. But if the sufferer isn’t given time to recover, they could experience long-term consequences.

Neurology

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.

Expertise

‘Brain surgery completely cured my epilepsy’

In South Africa, epilepsy affects an estimated one out of every 100 people (Department of Health 2017 Fact Sheet citing WHO*). Neither genetic nor contagious, epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by unusual electrical activity in the brain, resulting in seizures.

Healthy Life

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.

Neurology

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 (1 to 12 years)

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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