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?

  • 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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in 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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  • 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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  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • 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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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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