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When, how, and how often you should perform a testicular self-examination

With regular self-examinations, testicular cancer can be caught early and effective treatment is possible.

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Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance: Your questions answered

A physician and an Infectious disease specialist weigh in on frequently asked questions about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.

Children up to 12

Your children on medicine: all you need to know

A sick child is every parent’s nightmare. But helping your kids develop a healthy attitude to taking medicine is the first step to ensuring a speedy recovery.

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Infographic: A visual guide to proper hand hygiene techniques

Our hands are big transmitters of microorganisms (germs) which is why most infections are preventable through good hand hygiene. Here’s how it’s done…

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Infographic: How bacteria develops antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is what happens when bacteria that cause disease and infection no longer respond to antibiotic treatment. Here, we take a look at why and how this happens and what we can do to slow it down.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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Expert Articles

Antibiotics vs probiotics: how to protect your gut flora

The specific bacterial species found in your gut, skin, and mouth (collectively termed your microbiome) are as unique as your fingerprint, says Ilsabé Spoelstra, a dietician at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. Every human is teeming with billions of microorganisms, and most are very good for your health.

Emergency

Arm-to-arm: Where blood goes after it’s donated and who it saves

Were it not for blood donors, life-saving medical treatment for trauma victims, complicated surgical procedures and cancer treatments would not be possible.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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Babies

How important is crawling to your baby’s physical and cognitive development?

It’s their first taste of independence and mobility and one of the more exciting milestones your baby will achieve. But crawling is also a very important milestone in terms of cognitive and physical development.

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3 things your blood type says about your health

Your blood type can give you information about your risk for disease. We discover what your blood type says about your health.

Expert Articles

A Short History of Antibiotics

How antibiotics evolved from a ‘magic bullet’ to becoming the major cause of increases in drug-resistant bacteria.

Emergency

What does triage mean?

‘Triage is a clinically proven method of categorising medical cases by how serious they are,’ says Dr Irma Aggenbach, Emergency Centre Manager at Mediclinic Panorama.

Emergency

24 hours in the emergency centre

A day in the life of Dr Irma Aggenbach, Emergency Centre Manager at Mediclinic Panorama.

Children up to 12

Should your children exercise when sick?

Should a little sniffle be reason enough to make them skip that tennis lesson?

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Why am I tired all the time?

If you’ve felt exhausted for longer than six months – and your doctor has ruled out any other causes – you might be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

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IBS versus GORD

Tummy complaints are common. But how do you know if it’s IBS, GORD or both?

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The history of antidepressants

The search to find a cure for mood disorders mirrors a journey deep into the workings of the brain.

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Chronic versus acute inflammation

Inflammation is a word bandied about quite often by health food shops and is equally the subject of much scientific study and debate. Here’s what you really need to know about inflammation.

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