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10 reasons to get outdoors this summer

Throw off that duvet. Skip the series binge. These 10 pieces of new research prove that getting active and outdoors this summer is your path to optimal health.

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Running for her life

On 19 November 2017, Nolene Conrad ran the Valencia Marathon in Spain in a time of 2:35:19 – smashing her personal best by 12 minutes. That’s a top 10 finish in an IAAF Gold Label race, and the fastest time by any South African female athlete this year. It is also a Western Province record.

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Man of steel

Matthew Trautman was in his element as he cycled towards Franschhoek on a sunny Saturday morning in January 2017. As one of the top professional triathletes in the world, Matt prefers to train alone. “I’m happy with my own company,” he says. “That definitely helps with all those hours of training on your own.”

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6 habits of highly healthy people

The secret behind health resolutions that actually last? They’re realistic.

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I thought skin cancer was a white person’s disease

When motivational speaker and actress Naniki Seboni ignored a small mole on her knee, she had no idea how serious the outcome would be.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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Magazine

History of cataract surgery

Physicians used to suction, bash or push the cloudy lens from a patient’s eye. Thankfully, today cataract surgery is a little more evolved.

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Crack the newborn code 

Crying, wriggling, sighing and turning – sometimes it takes all your detective skills to figure out what your baby’s trying to tell you. This body language guide deciphers common signals.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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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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Pregnancy

Pregnancy and sleep

The joy of impending motherhood can give way to other sensations like fear and anxiety. And then there is the sleep disruption, something most expectant mothers know only too well.

Healthy Life

I’m overwhelmed by stress!

Dr Jean-Louis du Plooy, a psychiatrist practising at Mediclinic Panorama, discusses why it’s critical to get your stress under control – and why inpatient treatment is sometimes necessary.

Conditions

Breast-reduction surgery

Disproportionately large breasts can mean more than struggling to find clothes that fit: they can cause back and neck pain, make it difficult to take part in physical activities and have a detrimental effect on a woman’s self-image. If you’re considering breast-reduction surgery – a reduction mammaplasty – here’s what you need to know.

Healthy Life

The real fountain of youth

New studies show that maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation are factors that add healthy years to your life. A GP weighs in on other ways to combat ageing and disease by making good daily choices.

Healthy Life

Non-elective plastic surgery

Plastic surgery can restore your dignity, health and quality of life.

Healthy Life

The science of sleep

Three American doctors were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for recent discoveries about sleep. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young have spent years researching the body’s circadian responses to light and dark. A neurologist practising at Mediclinic comments.

Cardiology

What is minimally invasive heart surgery?

Dealing with the fallout of heart disease and wondering what your surgery options are? In minimally invasive heart surgery, surgeons perform surgery through smaller incisions in your breastbone or chest, as an alternative to open-heart surgery. Dr Leonard du Preez, a cardiothoracic surgeon practising at Mediclinic Panorama, explains what this surgery option entails.

Exercise

The best extra-murals for your children’s development

No two children are the same, so choosing after-school activities should be highly individualised. An occupational therapist at Mediclinic offers guidelines to help parents make informed choices.

Conditions

Swollen limbs, could it be lipoedema?

A chronic condition, lipoedema is caused by an abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs, thighs and buttocks, and sometimes in the arms. An oncologist and an endocrinologist, both practicising at Mediclinic hospitals, explain how this condition is diagnosed and treated.

Conditions

Kidney diseases: why they’re so common

Kidney disease is a common cause of hospitalisation. We look at the different types of kidney disease – such as chronic kidney disease – and what the risk factors and treatment options are.

Conditions

Can you get epilepsy from a tapeworm?

Eating raw or undercooked pork is highly risky for your health, not only because of the likelihood of bacteria in the meat, but also for the chance of picking up tapeworm.

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