Neurology

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

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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.

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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How vision works

We find out how vision works according to neurologist Dr Alexander Landmann.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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 did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
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Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is not just about memory loss, read on to find out more.

Cardiology

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.

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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Migraine matters

Did you know there’s a 60% chance of suffering from migraines if one of your immediate relatives have them too?

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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

If you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, help is at hand.

Exercise

Looking at: back pain, thyroid and obesity

Back pain, testing for thyroid problems and dealing with obesity are three of your questions we asked our experts to answer.

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Brain pacemaker for Parkinson’s

Dr Roger Melvill, a neurosurgeon at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, is bringing hope to sufferers of Parkinson’s disease for whom medication is doing little to reduce their symptoms, with a procedure known as deep-brain stimulation (DBS).

Neurology

Boost your Brain Power

You might be keeping your body reasonably fit, but how often are you giving your brain a good workout?

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Read about snoring and sleep apnoea

Dr Kevin Rosman is a neurologist at Mediclinic Morningside and has been specialising in sleep medicine for the past 20 years.

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