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Healthy Life

What to tell your doctor

While you don’t need to tell your doctor about the time you grazed your knee in preschool, not disclosing enough personal information could result in incorrect diagnoses and ineffective treatments. We look at what you should always tell your doctor to ensure they give you the right tools to stay healthy.

Babies

Choosing a safe car seat

We look at the safest car seats for your baby or child, from rear-facing to reclining options and include information on installation options like ISOFIX.

Healthy Life

High fibre foods

We all know the saying: ‘You can’t get enough of a good thing’. Some health reports show that even the recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day may still leave us short of our daily vitamin and fibre quota. ‘Ten a day’ is fast becoming the new catch phrase – and there are plenty of options.

Conditions

Double trouble

Gestational diabetes is the most common medical complication during pregnancy and affects as many as one in 20, putting mother and baby at increased risk for birth trauma and other serious health concerns.

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Halitosis can be treated

Bad breath is part and parcel of everyday life. Whether it is the dreaded ‘morning breath’ after a good night’s sleep or the lingering effects of strong foods, mouth odour is something that requires constant attention. But there’s more to bad breath than these common examples, as our expert explains.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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Endocrinology

Fighting the ‘midlife fat attack’

One of the main health concerns for those over 40 is that hormonal changes will cause weight gain. A Mediclinic gynaecologist and obstetrician explains that while hormonal changes can indirectly cause weight gain, it’s not as simple as that.

Conditions

Incontinence and physiotherapy

That little bit of urine that escapes when you sneeze or cough is just a side effect of having babies or ageing, right? Not at all. An expert explains the link between incontinence and physiotherapy in women.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
Conditions

Could you have a stomach ulcer?

We look at the causes and treatments of stomach ulcers.

gynaecology

HPV vaccine pros and cons

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common infection that can lead to cervical cancer when it’s transmitted sexually. A vaccine is available to prevent HPV infection. Here’s what you should know before getting the HPV vaccine.

Healthy Life

Food cravings

Most of us often experience an intense urge for a certain food – but the danger is that sudden food cravings can play a major role in weight gain, food addiction and binge eating.

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Help students maintain healthy eating habits

Despite your best efforts to teach your children about healthy eating from a young age, there’s a chance they’ll leave these at home along with their signed matric blazer. Here are expert tips to help them maintain good eating habits as they leave home.

Prime

More than skin deep

Tanya Swiegers-Loots is a fine artist who works in a realistic style – which serves her very well in her amazingly lifelike 3D restorations of nipples and areolas. She was inspired to start her business from her own intimate experience with breast cancer.

Conditions

Concussions: don’t lose your head

Concussion is a very common, often under-diagnosed and previously misunderstood condition – and sport seems to be an important cause of it.

Healthy living

Mind over mattress?

We speak to a neurologist and biokineticist to weigh up the pros and cons of cutting pillow time to increase your activity levels.

Cape Epic

Elmar Sprink – a rider with heart

Elmar Sprink is an amazing example of how the human body can face anything – when it is provided the necessary training and support. As a heart transplant recipient Elmar spent months waiting for a heart to become available, and when he was given the opportunity for a new lease on life, he grabbed it with both hands.

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