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…

Practical tips when switching meds

Managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a combination of the correct diagnosis and identifying all the comorbid conditions and…

One size does not fit all ADHD patients

A common assumption is that ADHD is a modern occurrence. However, a case series of children presenting with the characteristic…

PD doesn’t always affect older people

One of the common misconceptions about Parkinson ’s disease (PD) is that it is associated with older age, while in…

Blood pressure lowering and dementia

Scientists estimate that cases of dementia will triple between 2015 and 2050, due to an increasingly ageing population. They have…

Key recommendations to guide MS treatment

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic immune-mediated disease involving the white and gray matter of the central nervous system (CNS), mostly…

MSA: Something altogether different

Although multi-system atrophy (MSA) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) will always be entwined, the former is increasingly being recognised as a…

A world without Alzheimer’s

The first practice guidelines for the clinical evaluation of cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) were…

Multiple sclerosis 101

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects an estimated 30 people per 100 000 population. In South Africa this number is slightly higher at…

Simple analgesics could prove effective in the management of tension headaches.

The pharmacist plays a very important role in the diagnosis and referral of patients presenting with headaches, dispensing of medications,…

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