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Healthy Life

Could you skip chemo?

A new test is helping doctors understand the “personality” of breast cancer better – leading to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment.

Conditions

10 signs you may have breast cancer…

…and what you should do about it.

Prime

Causes of lymphoedema related to cancer and how it’s treated

Lymphoedema is an incurable but manageable condition that causes swelling, usually in the arms or legs. It develops when the lymphatic system – the network of channels and glands in the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid – is disrupted.

Healthy Life

Can stress cause a serious illness?

According to a psychiatrist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, stress is not a medical condition. Multiple studies show that stress causes a biological response in the body, allowing us to face or escape the situation – but it is meant to be a short-term survival instinct, not an everyday occurrence. So what happens when it builds and builds?

Conditions

Could the pain in your pelvis affect your fertility?

Endometriosis – when the tissue that lines your womb is found elsewhere in your body – is a common gynaecologicial disorder that’s associated with fertility problems.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
Healthy living

Is the morning-after pill bad for your health?

In most cases, no. But although it’s deemed safe, an emergency contraception pill shouldn’t be used in place of more sustainable contraceptive methods, experts say.

Conditions

What causes ADHD?

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological disorder that affects as many as 1 in 10 children globally. And it’s often not a ‘stand alone’ condition.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
Healthy Life

How the right therapy can help with stress-related problems

A psychiatrist at Mediclinic explains that ignoring stress or not understanding its cause is detrimental to your health and well-being.

Oncology

What causes ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer, which affects women’s reproductive organs, is both difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Healthy Life

Will your child’s excess weight be problematic in later life?

Childhood obesity rates are soaring. In South Africa, almost 4 million children could be affected in the next few years. Parents should be on the lookout for warning signs from an early age.

Healthy Life

How to prevent your child from needing glasses

Despite our warm and sunny climate, there are signs of an ever-increasing indoor culture. Digital entertainment means children in particular are prone to not spending enough time outdoors. And despite the more obvious harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle, too much “couch time” can also have a detrimental effect on eyesight.

Nutrition

How to keep to your diet while eating out

Eating out is part and parcel of socialising. Keeping to a healthy diet can be a challenge if you socialise frequently. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

Exercise

Do you cramp up while running?

This is why – and what you can – and can’t – do about it.

Healthy Life

How often should you have your eyes tested?

One of the smallest organs in the human body, the eye is also one of the most complex. Proper care is critical in maintaining clear vision and regular testing forms the backbone of this preventative maintenance.

Healthy Life

Don’t sweet the small stuff: Diabetic-friendly dinners

Vanessa Marx is an award winning South African born chef with diverse international experience. Here she shares a delicious exotic chicken recipe. Look out for other diabetic-friendly recipes by Vanessa in the Spring issue of the Mediclinic Family magazine. 

CSI

Groote Schuur and Mediclinic join hands

In September, doctors at Mediclinic Milnerton – in partnership with Groote Schuur hospital and the Department of Health – performed cataract removal procedures on eight patients. These life-changing surgeries marked the beginning of a large-scale Corporate Social Investment project focusing on public and private collaboration.

CSI

Cataract surgery partnership

We look at the recent care partnership between Mediclinic Milnerton and Groote Schuur hospital which kicked off a campaign to support the public sector in addressing backlogs.

Healthy Life

What health issue affects the most women?

Heart disease causes more deaths in women than all cancers combined. So, this September, Mediclinic wants you to take one of our free blood pressure and cholesterol tests and #ShareTheHeart.

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