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brain and nervous system

Brain and Nervous System
February 20, 2018

Helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia (a group of thinking and social symptoms that interfere with daily functioning), and it is marked by a progressive degeneration of brain tissue. Eventually, people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease lose the ability to think, reason and coordinate movement, becoming incapacitated over the course of five to eight years. It primarily affects people over the age of 65 and in such cases, it’s known as late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been reported among people in their 50s and 40s, but is rarely diagnosed in people in their 30s when it is…
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Brain and Nervous System
February 20, 2018

5 essential ingredients for brain health

What does it take to live a long, healthy life? A healthy brain. At Northwestern University in America, scientists say that “SuperAgers” are a trend on the rise. These are men and women older than 80 whose memories are as good or better than those up to 30 years younger! And one of the key reasons is that SuperAgers have a relatively wholesome overall sense of wellbeing, from experiencing satisfying warm relationships to living a life of purpose. “Social relationships are really important to this group and might play a significant role in preserving their cognition,” say researchers. What, then,…
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Brain and Nervous System
January 8, 2018

Is grandpa just confused, or is he delirious?

We all have those times when our minds feel foggy. You might find yourself losing track of time, struggling to concentrate and can’t seem to keep track of your whereabouts. If this happens to your grandparents or a loved one, how do you know whether it is just a little confusion, or the more serious delirium? Delirium is a medical condition defined as a severe and abrupt state of confusion. The beginning stages of delirium are usually rapid, reaching a peak within hours or a few days. Symptoms include a reduced awareness of the environment, altered consciousness (hallucinations) and an…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 24, 2017

Can’t rest your legs? You may have Restless Leg Syndrome

Is your quality of life and sleep severely disturbed by a sudden uncomfortable and strange urge to move your legs? Do you find yourself twitching and kicking at night when you should be asleep? These are the typical symptoms of Restless leg syndrome (RLS) also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (WED). Researchers believe that RLS is commonly misdiagnosed as insomnia and other neurological or musculoskeletal conditions, and that 1 out of 10 people suffer from restless legs. Treatment is available for the condition, but it can’t be completely cured. You may have RLS if: You have an uncomfortable need or urge…
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Brain and Nervous System
October 24, 2017

What is Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles responsible for breathing; as well as the moving parts of the body, like the arms and the legs. The name “myasthenia gravis” directly translates from Latin to “grave” or “serious muscle weakness”. This disease is rare and 20 in every 100 000 people suffer from it. What causes myasthenia gravis? Myasthenia gravis is caused by a faulty transmission between the nerves and muscles. The body attacks itself and causes the messages between the nerves and muscle to get blocked, almost like bad cellphone reception.…
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
May 24, 2016

5 Questions to ask your doctor about your epilepsy medication

Medication for epilepsy can control seizures in about 7 out of every 10 patients. It’s important for your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis of the type of epilepsy, so you can get the best treatment combination. Remember: these medications don’t cure epilepsy: they only keep you from getting epileptic attacks. Keep taking them, even when you feel fine. 1. How does my doctor decide on my medication? Your medication can be given in the form of tablets, capsules, liquids or syrups. The choice of medication depends on: Your age Type of epilepsy How bad and frequent your seizures are…
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Brain and Nervous System
November 22, 2014

Joost van der Westhuizen’s robotic suit

Joost van der Westhuizen – we’ll never forget him. Our Blue Bull and Bok scrum-half who was part of the team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup, announcing South Africa’s dominant return to international sport. (more…)
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Brain and Nervous Systemepilepsy
June 20, 2014

What you should do if someone has an epileptic seizure

In its simplest form, epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects your central nervous system – the part of your body that processes and interprets information, determines a response and transmits that response through the spinal cord to the right body part – helping you breathe, sweat, dance and even blink. (more…)
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