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Conditions

A heads-up on headaches

We asked Dr Yaseen Yacoob, specialist neurologist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, about common causes and treatments of headaches – and how they’re classified.

Healthy Life

Teeth grinding needs treatment

It is estimated that about 13% of people frequently grind their teeth at night. But teeth grinding – medically known as bruxism – can be experienced in the day too by people both young and old. Not only could it damage a person’s teeth, but it may be caused by an external factor or underlying condition that needs to be identified.

Conditions

The future of cancer treatment

We speak to a Mediclinic oncology surgeon and an oncologist about the future of breast cancer treatments.

Conditions

‘Personality gene’ testing for targeted breast cancer treatment

Tests that analyse what can be called the ‘personality’ of the cancer are now changing the very nature and effectiveness of cancer treatment.

First Aid

Poisonous plants: what to look out for

Do you know whether there are poisonous plants among your daisy bushes? This infographic shows you what to look out for and what to do in an emergency.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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Conditions

Asthma: it can be controlled

Do you know enough about asthma? Find out with this infographic.

Conditions

A bruised knee does require treatment

A bruised knee will usually heal itself – but it can take a frustratingly long time. Here’s advice from a Mediclinic orthopaedic surgeon.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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Exercise

Activity trackers: are they for you?

Fitness or activity trackers are all the rage, but can they really help you reach your weight loss and health goals?

Conditions

Treating pneumonia

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but proper treatment can greatly improve outcomes for most patients. We speak to a Mediclinic pulmonologist about the symptoms, causes and best treatment for different types of pneumonia.

Babies

How to raise iron-rich kids

Children need iron to grow, think and develop. Dr Heidi Ackermann, a paediatrician at Mediclinic George, gives age-appropriate guidelines to help parents ensure their children are getting enough of this valuable nutrient from an early age.

Conditions

Reddening skin: sunburn or rosacea?

Rosacea is a facial skin condition that looks like a furious blush or bad sunburn. A Mediclinic dermatologist explains the causes and treatments.

Healthy Life

Innovation in breast reconstruction

An innovative method of using the patient’s own fat in breast augmentation and reconstruction after mastectomy has many benefits and few drawbacks, says a Mediclinic plastic surgeon.

Conditions

Fibromyalgia – the invisible disease

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, debilitating condition that is essentially all about pain.

Children up to 12

Bed-wetting explained

Bed-wetting (enuresis) may not be a particularly harmful or life-threatening situation, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious or traumatic one for those affected.

Conditions

Asthma: when it’s hard to breathe

With the medication available today, asthma is easily treated and you can lead a completely normal life. But asthma isn’t always diagnosed correctly.

Prime

Your personal risk for pulmonary embolism

Though it doesn’t sound like a run-of-the-mill condition, pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases across the globe.

Prime

How rehabilitation turned a young man’s life around

Dan Lombard was a healthy, fun-loving 18-year-old in his Matric year at Pretoria Boys’ High School. It all changed when he broke his neck during rugby practice.

Conditions

Risk reduction surgery

We explore risk reduction surgery as a method of maintaining quality of life and preventing female-specific cancers.

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