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Motor Neurone Disease

Brain and Nervous System
October 27, 2017

What is Motor Neurone Disease (MND) ?

Motor neurone disease (MND) makes up a group of severe disorders of the nervous system, and it occurs when motor neurons progressively lose their function. Motor neurones are specialised nerve cells that help regulate many of the body's automatic processes, such as breathing and swallowing - they also send signals from the brain to the muscles and bones, enabling you to move them.  On 3 November 2014, former Springbok player Tinus Linee died from the disorder, and In February 2017, South African Springbok, Joost van der Westerhuizen passed away after a long struggle with the disease. Approximately 5% of people…
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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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