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Misusing and abusing antibiotics puts your health at risk

To protect your health and help reduce antibiotic resistance, always follow the advice of a qualified healthcare professional when taking antibiotics.

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How to use antibiotics correctly to protect your health

Drug-resistant bacteria are a global concern and are dangerous to your health. Fortunately, you hold part of the solution in your hands.

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It may be more than just your eyes

Some diabetes symptoms are common in modern lifestyles and are often ignored or misdiagnosed. So this November, Mediclinic wants you to take our free blood pressure and blood glucose tests.

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Are you at risk of diabetes?

Intermediate hyperglycaemia (impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance) is a ‘pre-diagnosis’ of diabetes. The good news is you can prevent Type 2 diabetes if you make considered lifestyle changes.

Diabetes

Do you recognise the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that inhibits your body’s ability to properly regulate blood glucose levels. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) estimates that in 2011 there were 14.7 million adult diabetics in Africa, and that around 78% of diabetics remain undiagnosed. According to the IDF the greatest increase in diabetes is expected to be in Africa – where it is predicted that the incidence of diabetes in Africa will have almost doubled by 2030.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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Should you drink alcohol if you have diabetes?

If you’re living with diabetes, be sure to eat and plan ahead before you have a small sundowner, says a Mediclinic expert.

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How old are you really?

You may have noticed that people who exercise often, get plenty of sleep, and don’t smoke or drink generally look better, live longer and seem to have plenty of energy. Here’s some of the science behind this.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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 place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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Type 1 diabetes in children: what parents need to know

If your child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, you’re not alone – about one in 500 children worldwide end up with the disorder. Paediatric endocrinologist Dr David Segal tells us what we need to know.

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‘A suspected episode of lead poisoning left me temporarily paralysed’

After losing the use of her legs, a battery of tests, and chelation therapy that made her hair fall out, Lienkie Diedericks was finally declared free from lead poisoning. But what caused her condition? The answer, like the diagnosis, was not a simple one.  

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Breaking down breast cancer

Breast cancer sufferers are avoiding unnecessary chemotherapy through transcriptional profiling that examines the genetic make-up of their cancer.

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Can your weight affect your brain?

It’s not just your waistline that suffers when you pile on excess kilograms. A Mediclinic neurologist weighs in on how obesity can influence your brain functioning too.

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Are artificial sweeteners bad for your brain?

A new study suggests that sugar substitutes might increase your risk of dementia and lead to poorer memory and smaller brain volumes. A Mediclinic expert weighs in.

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What is a transurethral resection of a bladder tumour (TURBT)?

This non-invasive urology procedure might potentially save the lives of many people suffering from localised bladder tumours.

Cardiology

Is hypertension in your future?

Almost half the adult population of South Africa has abnormally high blood pressure (hypertension). A Mediclinic expert explains why this condition is serious – and what you can do to manage it.

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Short- or far-sighted? What’s the difference?

Struggling to focus on objects in the distance? Or are nearby objects out of focus? An optometrist weighs in.

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Working together to save lives

12 patients received much-needed urology surgery at Mediclinic Stellenbosch on 28 October.

Diabetes

Skin patches could revolutionise glucose monitoring

Electrochemical analysis of sweat using soft bioelectronics on human skin provides a new route for non-invasive glucose monitoring without painful blood collection. However, sweat-based glucose sensing still faces many uncertainties.

Babies

What your baby is trying to tell you

Giggles and smiles are easy to decode – but when your baby cries, rubs his eyes or whimpers, what does it actually mean? A Mediclinic expert explains.

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