MS triggers explored

Although multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common cause of disability in young adulthood, very little is known about the…

Acute encephalopathy common among Covid-19 patients

Neurologic manifestations have been reported in adult patients with Covid-19. Manifestations include acute cerebrovascular disease, ischaemic and haemorrhagic strokes, skeletal…

Pain in the brain

Patients with neuropathic pain often use words such as burning, pins and needles (paresthesia), tingling, numbness, electric shocks/shooting, crawling (formication), itching, and intolerance to…

The neuroscience of ADHD

A 2020 review found that the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is higher (7.47%) in children and adolescents in Africa…

Disorders of gut-brain interaction

The way we respond to life’s stressors have strong implications for our psychological and physiological well-being. In terms of the latter, …

Epilepsy: An enduring predisposition to seizures

The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) defines epilepsy as ‘a disorder of the brain, characterised by an enduring predisposition to…

Brain attack

Stroke is ranked third – after neonatal disorders and ischaemic heart disease – as a leading cause of disability-adjusted life-years…

Dealing with information overload

In today’s technology-driven world, one of our biggest challenges is dealing with what scientists are calling information overload. Every day,…

The mission to end Parkinson’s

The Neurology Association of South Africa (NASA) is partnering with the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) and the International Parkinson…

Dealing with post-stroke pain

We all know to act quickly in a patient presenting with stroke. However, in this urgency, it is easy to…

What is trigeminal neuralgia?

TN was first described at the end of the first century and was later given the name ‘tic douloureux (painful)’…

Guidelines: treating migraine in children

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Headache Society have issued new guidelines on preventing and treating migraine…

A brief overview of epilepsy and its pharmacological management

Status epilepticus is a medical emergency and should be managed in a clinical working environment. The pharmacist plays an important…

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Meditation for stress and hypertension

Mindfulness meditation has become increasingly popular in the last decade. In 2018 alone, 842 articles were published in academic journals,…

ADHD in pre-schoolers

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is generally diagnosed around the age of seven or eight. But according to the American Academy…

Insomnia: a pharmacist’s role

Insomnia can be treated non-pharmacologically, by providing guidance as to what good sleeping hygiene principals include, and pharmacologically with the…

Two new epilepsy self-management programmes

Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system and affects people of all ages, races and…

What causes ADHD?

Despite the frequency with which ADHD is diagnosed, relatively little is known about the aetiology of this frequently debilitating condition.…

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The complexities of epilepsy management

Worldwide, more than 50 million people have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases globally. Nearly 80%…

ADHD: A family affair

Research shows that genes play a vital role in the aetiology of ADHD, a childhood-onset condition with impairing symptoms of…

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