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Conditions

Can you avoid forming kidney stones?

Your kidneys work hard to filter waste from your blood, creating urine that contains calcium, phosphate, oxalate, and uric acid. Usually, these substances are very diluted so they easily flow out when you urinate. But if your urine becomes concentrated (because you are dehydrated, for instance), these mineral and salts can bind together to form a kidney stone. 

Healthy Life

6 Ways to keep your kidneys healthy

Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each roughly the size of a fist, along the middle to lower end of your spine. They are responsible for filtering all of the blood in your body (several times a day) and they regulate and maintain the body’s chemical balance. A Mediclinic nephrologist explains six ways you can keep your kidneys healthy.  

Healthy Life

HPV vaccination: Your second best defence

HPV is the virus that causes cervical cancer – the second most prevalent cancer among women after breast cancer. Over 99% of all cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection of high-risk types of HPV. We chat to two Mediclinic experts about who should be vaccinated, when and why.

Healthy Life

The HPV vaccination process

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a viral infection that can cause cervical cancer. Although sexually transmitted, penetrative sex is not required – the virus can also be transmitted through skin-to-skin genital contact.

Conditions

Glaucoma demystified

Potentially resulting in blindness, glaucoma can’t be cured but it can be controlled. We look at how glaucoma affects your eyes and uncover some interesting facts about the condition.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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Healthy Life

When a cough becomes a medical emergency

A lingering cough is perhaps one of the most common human ailments. There seems to be no escaping some form of “hack”, either voluntarily or involuntarily.

Pulmonology

TB: Everything you need to know

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in South Africa. And while statistics show that the mortality rate of tuberculosis has actually declined since 2009, the disease continues to remain a high burden on the country’s medical resources.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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 has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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Babies

This is how your hearing changes as you age

Ever noticed how older people don’t hear so well, while some children hear perfectly well, but never listen? Science shows how our hearing develops – and then slowly degenerates – as we age.

Children up to 12

4 Simple activities that aid toddler development

Four key areas of early childhood development, and the simple activities that will keep your toddler on track.

Pregnancy

The 10 risks associated with advanced maternal age (geriatric pregnancy)

Worldwide, many women are choosing to have children later in life in order to study, start a career or to pursue personal goals. Many couples also strive for financial security before having a family.

Conditions

7 Health disorders doctors struggle to recognise in women

Some health conditions are not simple for doctors to identify – many illnesses share the same symptoms as others, and sometimes those symptoms can be fairly non-specific. Dr Lizette Albertse, a GP at Mediclinic Stellenbosch, describes seven health disorders that are often challenging for doctors to recognise in women.

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Weaving a history through experience

  Like so many that have earned this honour before, Yolanda Walsh will be riding her 21st Cycle Tour race in 2019. A rich history comes with this race, with

Exercise

How to (really) exercise during pregnancy

What exercise is safe and what is not? How much is too much? These are all questions posed by many pregnant women wanting to stay active without harming their unborn child. Experts say not only is exercise during pregnancy, wise, but it should also form a big part of your child-bearing journey.

Babies

Your baby’s first 72 hours: what to expect

Having a child is a life-changing event. And while the day of a baby’s arrival is full of excitement and activity, the first 72 hours after birth are a critically important period in terms of your newborn’s health.

gynaecology

How fertility doctors assess and administer treatment options

If you and your partner are struggling to fall pregnant, it can have a devastating effect on your relationship and on your mental health. Fortunately, Mediclinic offers a wide array of treatments – ranging from basic medication to more complex fertility treatments.

Pregnancy

5 Things gynaes wished every pregnant mom knew

Being pregnant is an exciting – and very confusing – time. So what are the key things your gynae really wants you to know? Two experts from the Mediclinic network spill the beans.

Conditions

Will your chronic medication affect your pregnancy?

Most expectant moms would prefer sailing through pregnancy without having to take medication. However, sometimes high-risk pregnancies or chronic medication make that impossible. Dr Ameera Adam, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, sheds some light.

Healthy Life

Why watching iron levels is more important for women than for men

Your body needs iron to function healthily. Women, in particular, are prone to iron deficiency, and the problem affects as many as one in two South African women. Dr Mike du Toit, a haematologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, explains why maintaining healthy iron levels is so important for women.

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