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6 Ways to improve your mental health, today

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four people suffers from a mental disorder. This makes mental disorders one of the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide.

Conditions

Is a mastectomy required or are there other options for breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a treatable disease and early diagnosis significantly improves the survival rate.  Many women now have the option of preserving their breasts. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains non-surgical treatment options.

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Are you washing your hands all wrong?

Washing your hands is one of the simplest and best things we can do to prevent the spread of germs and foodborne illnesses. But many people either just don’t wash their hands regularly or don’t wash their hands properly.

Healthy Life

Foodborne disease: What could you catch from your food?

Foodborne disease is a worldwide concern, and it can affect anyone. Defined as an infection of the gastrointestinal tract, these illnesses are caused by the ingestion of contaminated foods containing bacteria.

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A match made in medicine: Stem Cell Donation FAQ

If you’d like to add ‘saved a life’ to your bucket list items, you can. It only takes 10 minutes to register as a stem cell donor, and the actual donation process is safe and relatively pain-free. Here we answer some frequently asked questions about stem cell donations.

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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • 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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7 Everyday risks to your eyes – and how to avoid them

Imagine this: You’ve cleaned the patio, and you’re ready to spend a sunny afternoon in the garden. You open an ice-cold drink, Google some new recipes, then take a dip in the pool before lighting the braai and watching the kids play on the grass.

Conditions

Is it possible to fully recover from a stroke?

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa estimates that 10 people suffer a stroke in South Africa every hour. There are ways to minimise the effects of a stroke – providing you act fast. Neurologist Dr Marcelle Smith, practising at Mediclinic Sandton, explains.

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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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Conditions

Iodine: the essential nutrient you never knew you needed

Dr Malcolm Sandler, an endocrinologist at Mediclinic Panorama, explains what iodine is, how deficiency occurs, how this impacts the body, and how iodine deficiency is prevented.

Conditions

When does anxiety become a mental health issue?

If you’re in a dangerous situation, anxiety is an important tool for self-preservation, ensuring you take action to protect yourself. But when your anxiety becomes a constant companion, it’s best

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7 Eye tests that look at more than just your vision

When you go to the optometrist because you’re having trouble seeing, a vision test is usually conducted. This test assesses how well you can see and your ability to discern objects. However, many eye conditions and diseases present no symptoms, so there’s a range of tests available to see what your eyes can’t. An ophthalmologist and an eye surgeon explain.

Conditions

Colorectal cancer, know the symptoms

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most prominent cancer in South Africa and the sixth most lethal. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains what we should know.

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A guide to the benefits and limits of radiology tests

Radiology plays a major role in medical care as it allows patients to be diagnosed and treated for disease and injuries without having to undergo explorative surgery just to see inside the body. Diagnostic radiologist Dr John-Henry Corbett, of Van Dyk & Partners based at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, takes us through the benefits, advancements and risks.

Cardiology

Running for heart awareness

Lesego Sepeng is a keen runner. He also works in the pharmacy at Mediclinic Brits. Now his passion for running is meeting up with his concern for others’ health. For the second year in a row, Lesego will be running between several Gauteng based Mediclinic hospitals, raising awareness in the community around heart health.

Cardiology

Metabolic syndrome: why it could kill you

Metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, is a perfect storm for increasing a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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Myths – and facts – around bone marrow and stem cell transplants

A person who has a disease or condition that prevents their body from making enough healthy blood cells may need a blood stem cell transplant. Sunflower Fund CEO Alana James explains.

Diabetes

Six unexpected signs of kidney damage, and how to reverse it

According to Dr Riaan Flooks, a nephrologist at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, methods of identifying renal disease have advanced to allow for a much earlier diagnosis.

Cardiology

Why women might not know they’re having a heart attack

If you’re a woman, you might not experience the acute chest pain normally associated with a heart attack. “Getting immediate, appropriate care from your closest emergency room is the single

Cardiology

Can Using Aspirin Regularly Keep Your Heart Healthy?

It seems every day a new study contradicts the last – and all the while, your heart could be at risk. Mediclinic experts get to the bottom of this debate.

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