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Conditions

The most common summer illnesses and how to avoid them

When people think of seasonal illnesses, winter colds and spring allergies usually come to mind. However, summer can be a hotbed for illnesses as well, especially when it comes to your kids. Know what they are so you can recognise the symptoms and act early.

Dermatology

Spot the difference: Early warning signs of sun damage

Yes, you need to look for changes in your moles but change is also about noticing when new spots pop up and whether that spot is a mole or not. Dermatologist Dr Karen Ordemann answers some frequently-asked questions.

Emergency

Top 5 summer health risks and how to prevent them

Beaches, bikinis, a lot of beer – summertime is here and the living should be easy. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also rife with health risks. Here’s why, and how you can avoid them.

Healthy Life

3 Things you need to protect yourself from sun damage

Dermatologist at Mediclinic Milnerton, Dr Karen Ordemann, tells you what to put on your list of protective summer gear, as well as the role UPF plays in protecting you from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Ophthalmologist at Mediclinic Durbanville Dr Burnet Meyer explains the role of UV protection and polarisation when it comes to choosing sunglasses.

Emergency

The best things about summer are also the most dangerous

Depending on what you know, three things that make summer great could also prove fatal if you don’t know what to do in an emergency. An ER24 expert shares how to keep yourself – and your family – safe this summer.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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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  • 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 hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • 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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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Children up to 12

Don’t miss the signs of heat exhaustion in children

Heat exhaustion can be scary—and kids are at increased risk. Learn how to spot and prevent this common condition. 

Uncategorized

Why is there an increased risk of food poisoning in summer?

Summer means sunny days and braais and picnics outdoors. But warmer days also bring an increased health risk posed by perishable foods that aren’t stored correctly.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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First Aid

Are bee stings more of a threat than snake bites during summer?

Dr Vernon Wessels, an ER24 Global Assist emergency doctor who has treated many animal and insect bites says the most common summer problems are not what you think.

Healthy Life

Are you getting the most out of your sunscreen?

Dr Karen Ordemann, a dermatologist at Mediclinic Milnerton, explains the importance of sunscreen and points out the ways you’ve been using it incorrectly.

Conditions

Did you know sunstroke can lead to a coma?

Sunstroke (also known as heatstroke) isn’t just another name for a bad sunburn. In fact, it has very little to do with sunburn at all.

Conditions

The very real dangers of dehydration

Dehydration is a condition marked by large loss of body water or when the amount of fluids you expend exceeds what you take in. Discover the most common causes of dehydration, what symptoms to look out for and when to head straight to the emergency centre.

Healthy Life

What holiday binge-eating does to your body

The festive period is synonymous with holiday feasts and loosening your belt. We speak to gastroenterologist Dr Christian Jeske at Mediclinic Midstream to determine how much overindulging is ‘safe’ and when you should draw the line.

Babies

Can preterm births be prevented?

Pregnancy can take a scary turn when preterm birth becomes a possibility. Three Mediclinic experts weigh in.

Conditions

Are there female-specific risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes is now the leading cause of female deaths in South Africa, according to figures from Statistics South Africa. With coronary heart disease established as the leading cause of death in people with diabetes, an endocrinologist at Mediclinic Worcester looks at the risk factors for diabetes that are exclusive to women.

Expert Articles

6 Different antibiotics and how they work

When penicillin was discovered in the late 1920s, it sparked the modern age of antibiotic (or antimicrobial) treatments. This saved millions of people from disease or death resulting from bacterial infections. Dr Amima Sundas, a specialist physician at Mediclinic Newcastle, explains how antibiotics work, and how many different kinds there are.

Conditions

Can your lifestyle lead to diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be treated when diagnosed early. If left untreated, warns Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can lead to kidney damage, heart disease and even stroke.

Conditions

A snapshot of diabetes in SA

There are 1,826,100 people living with diabetes in South Africa, according to the latest International Diabetes Federation research. The cases of diabetes in the country are rapidly rising.

Babies

Prematurity: The difference a week makes

Preterm birth can be a scary reality for some parents in South Africa. “Any infant born before 37 weeks’ gestation is described as preterm,” explains Dr Samantha O’Ryan, a neonatologist at Mediclinic Panorama.

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