Laura Do Vale
Laura Do Vale is a trained clinical psychologist as well as a neuro-psychologist with over ten years of practice. She is currently doing her PhD from the University of Estremadura, Spain. She has practiced at the trauma unit of the Central Hospital of S. Jose; at the oncology unit at Capuchos Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Dona Estefânia and as the pneumologist at the Hospital of Sta Marta, Lisboa – Portugal. She now works at Muscat Private Hospital.
Epilepsy is a brain or nerve disorder that is characterised by seizures or absence seizures.
Christmas is considered a period of joy and optimism. Usually this is so, but for many people, Christmas can also be a period of sadness, as it is accompanied by feelings of loneliness, helplessness and discouragement.
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The term ‘dyslexia’ comes from the Greek word for ‘hard’. The disorder is characterised by difficulty in reading, writing and spelling, and was first identified in 1881 by Oswald Berkhan. But it was only in 1887 that the term ‘dyslexia’ was coined by Rudolf Berlin in Germany.
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