COVID-19: Headaches and migraines

HEADACHE OR MIGRAINE? “It’s important to distinguish between headaches and migraines, because it means you can give more effective treatment for faster relief,” said Dr Yaseen Yacoob, specialist neurologist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg. “In short, a

Call to vaccinate South Africans against meningococcal meningitis

Meningococcal disease is endemic to South Africa.2 p1c Sporadic cases occur throughout the year and the incidence peaks during the winter and spring months of May to October.3,4 3. p7a; 4. p5a Although all ages

Magnetic brain stimulation causes weight loss

Results of the technique, called deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), were presented at ENDO 2017, the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. This study expands on the researchers’ previous finding that dTMS reduced

A healthy lifestyle reduces risk of dementia

“In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia.

Epilepsy: diagnosis and treatment

This may be characterised by periodic loss of consciousness with/without convulsions. It is important to be able to identify a seizure, due to there being many different presentations. Seizures can be either focal, generalised, or

Cluster sufferers now without meds

There is a tragedy occurring in South Africa at present, caused by unfortunate red tape of the South African Health Regulatory Products Authority, under the Department of Health. It concerns sufferers of the most severe

Is ADHD affecting your sleep?

Sleep and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are related as different regions of the brain interact and overlap for attention, sleep, and functioning. Inadequate sleep can negatively affect the way adults think, function, and behave.

The importance of sleep

Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Although the amount of sleep you get each

Maintaining compassion for loved ones with dementia

People with advanced dementia, which includes symptoms like progressive memory loss, may lack the social filters that prevent most of us from expressing what we think out of politeness.

Put insomnia to bed

Typically, an adult needs eight hours of sleep a day, although this decreases with age. It’s important to address the cause of insomnia.

WITS researchers move closer to slowing progression of Alzheimer’s

A recent discovery by a team from WITS University promises to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by a significant factor and improve memory and cognitive functions.

Health MEC opens Motor Neuron Disease clinic, honours Joost

The Gauteng Department of Health, in collaboration with the Joost van der Westhuizen Centre for Neurodegeneration, has opened a Motor Neuron Disease (MND) clinic at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. This is in response to