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GORD: More than indigestion

Posted on 20 March 2017

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease isn’t just heartburn or bad indigestion. We asked a Mediclinic gastroenterologist to explain exactly what this disease is.

Healthy Life 0

Naturally sweet alternatives

Posted on 20 March 2017

Are you trying to reduce your sugar intake but still hankering for something sweet? These natural sweeteners have become increasingly popular as alternatives to sugar. Here’s a look at 5 of the most common natural sweeteners and what you always need to be aware of with regard to sugar intake.

Children up to 12 0

Ringworm: what you need to know

Posted on 20 March 2017

We look at this common fungal skin infection and how to treat it.

Events 0

Mediclinic race support: ABSA Cape Epic Prologue

Posted on 19 March 2017

This year saw 1300 riders in the starting blocks of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Of those riders only 47 were medically treated for a number of different injuries.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • 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 expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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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 have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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Shingles: an unwelcome encore

Posted on 19 March 2017

When Shakira Roberts went to her doctor with ‘insect bites’, to her surprise he diagnosed shingles, a condition she’d never heard of before.

Exercise 0

The role of resistance training in your workout

Posted on 16 March 2017

Life is a series of pushes and pulls, and that’s a good template for your exercise regime too.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • 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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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Medical support at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic [infographic]

Posted on 16 March 2017

Mediclinic’s fully equipped race hospital and events team is on hand to offer medical support throughout the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Here are some of the stats:

Conditions 0

World-class treatment for thyroid eye disease

Posted on 16 March 2017

We look at the world-class treatment options available in South Africa for thyroid eye disease.

Healthy Life 0

Be prepared on the 2017 Absa Cape Epic [infographic]

Posted on 16 March 2017

The much-anticipated Absa Cape Epic kicks off at Meerendal Wine Estate. Here’s how riders can make sure they’re prepared for any hiccups along their adrenaline-fuelled eight-day ride:

Healthy Life 0

2017 Absa Cape Epic by the numbers

Posted on 14 March 2017

The 2017 Absa Cape Epic in numbers, including stages, climbing and distance covered.

Children up to 12 0

Impetigo: the most common skin infection at school

Posted on 14 March 2017

School and daycares are great for socialising, learning and play, but one of the drawbacks is that infections are quickly passed around. We look at one of the most common skin infections in children: impetigo.

Patient Journey 0

‘We thought the back pain was only flu’

Posted on 13 March 2017

When 15-year-old Grey College learner Declan O’Connor experienced terrible back pain, he had no idea he was suffering from a serious kidney infection. His mother Lesley, who was four hours away, rushed to his side at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. They share their story.

Healthy Life 0

Allergy testing explained

Posted on 6 March 2017

Statistics suggest that approximately one out of every seven children is prone to some sort of non-seasonal allergy – and this figure increases if there is a family history of allergies. Adverse reactions to foods, medications, pets, dust and pollen are on the rise, which is why proper allergy testing is critical – and could be lifesaving.

Conditions 0

Blurred lines? What you need to know about cataracts

Posted on 6 March 2017

Cataracts is a correctable condition, easily remedied with a routine procedure. An ophthalmologist explains.

Conditions 0

Ongoing medical research into multiple sclerosis

Posted on 6 March 2017

Multiple sclerosis has perplexed medical experts for decades, but scientific breakthroughs using stem-cell treatment may mark the winds of change in the treatment of the disease, presenting what look to be more positive, potentially long-term results.

Healthy Life 0

Listen up: a look at different types of hearing tests [infographic]

Posted on 3 March 2017

If you’re worried about your hearing or how well your child or parent hears, an audiologist can perform various tests. This infographic on hearing tests and loss looks at the options.

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What is surfer’s ear?

Posted on 2 March 2017

When writer and surfer Brad Roberts sought treatment for a rare condition, he discovered that he was in danger of sustaining hearing loss from surfer’s ear.

Cardiology 0

‘All I could think of was getting to the finish’

Posted on 1 March 2017

An abnormally high heart rate is dangerous no matter who you are. Elite mountain bike racer Jennie Stenerhag suffered an abnormal heart rhythm while competing in the 2016 Absa Cape Epic. This is her story.

Expert Articles 0

Not just a pinch of salt

Posted on 27 February 2017

To survive, our bodies need salt. But too much can cause health risks, including high blood pressure (hypertension), which can cause strokes and heart attacks. A Mediclinic dietician discusses foods high in salt, and whether alternatives like Himalayan salt are healthier.

Healthy Life 0

Is technology to blame for our sleeping problems?

Posted on 18 February 2017

Growing bodies of research have drawn correlations between the increase in incidents of people suffering from various sleep issues, and the presence of artificial blue light in our environments. Mediclinic Morningside specialist opthalmologist and developer of the SleepSpec, Dr Rob Daniel, explains the link.

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5 practical ways to put stress in its place

Posted on 17 February 2017

If you dread Manic Mondays or often feel as if the weekend takes too long to arrive, stress may be playing a larger role in your daily life than you realise. We offer some practical, everyday tips that can help take the pressure off the daily grind.

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