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Neurophysiologist Candice Bottcher – Entabeni Epilepsy Laboratory at Life Entabeni Hospital

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to neurophysiologist Candice Bottcher from the Entabeni Epilepsy Laboratory at Life Entabeni Hospital in Durban, South Africa. According to the World Health Organisation approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, a disorder that is characterised by abnormal brain activity that may cause seizures or bouts of unusual behaviour.

South African statistics are a little higher than the global benchmark, which is partly attributed to higher incidences of head trauma; head injuries from violence and vehicle accidents. Other causes of epilepsy include encephalitis and meningitis, malformation of the brain, strokes, scarring from the removal of tumours, as well as genetic and hereditary epilepsies. Neurophysiologists monitor patients’ brainwaves during rest and periods of seizure and these diagnostics are used to inform patients’ treatment plans.

The medical field advances constantly and through continuous  education one is able to stay at the cutting edge of your specialisation and help pioneer developments.  

Ms Bottcher shares a personal experience of gender discrimination in her early years, noting how some people may judge a person based on their own limited stereotypes. She advises people to read the room and if you want to reach someone mirror their language and code of conduct. She reminds us to be resilient and focus on our purpose for long-term success. Tune in for more…

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