Conditions

This extensive section details everyday conditions and medical procedures from cardiology to diabetes to speech therapy.

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Conditions

The most common summer illnesses and how to avoid them

When people think of seasonal illnesses, winter colds and spring allergies usually come to mind. However, summer can be a hotbed for illnesses as well, especially when it comes to your kids. Know what they are so you can recognise the symptoms and act early.

Dermatology

Spot the difference: Early warning signs of sun damage

Yes, you need to look for changes in your moles but change is also about noticing when new spots pop up and whether that spot is a mole or not. Dermatologist Dr Karen Ordemann answers some frequently-asked questions.

Children up to 12

Don’t miss the signs of heat exhaustion in children

Heat exhaustion can be scary—and kids are at increased risk. Learn how to spot and prevent this common condition. 

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Did you know sunstroke can lead to a coma?

Sunstroke (also known as heatstroke) isn’t just another name for a bad sunburn. In fact, it has very little to do with sunburn at all.

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Holiday sleep disorders (and how to avoid them)

Good news: you’re heading off on a well-deserved holiday! Bad news: between jet lag, disrupted sleep and post-vacation blues, there’s a chance your time off might not provide you with the rest you need. Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, a specialist sleep neuropsychiatrist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, suggests some interventions to ensure you get the rest you need while you’re on vacation.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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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 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 world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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The very real dangers of dehydration

Dehydration is a condition marked by large loss of body water or when the amount of fluids you expend exceeds what you take in. Discover the most common causes of dehydration, what symptoms to look out for and when to head straight to the emergency centre.

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Are there female-specific risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes is now the leading cause of female deaths in South Africa, according to figures from Statistics South Africa. With coronary heart disease established as the leading cause of death in people with diabetes, an endocrinologist at Mediclinic Worcester looks at the risk factors for diabetes that are exclusive to women.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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Can your lifestyle lead to diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be treated when diagnosed early. If left untreated, warns Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can lead to kidney damage, heart disease and even stroke.

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A snapshot of diabetes in SA

There are 1,826,100 people living with diabetes in South Africa, according to the latest International Diabetes Federation research. The cases of diabetes in the country are rapidly rising.

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Protect your brain with optimal glucose control

Four hundred South Africans suffer a stroke daily: this is a medical emergency where the blood flow to a section of the brain is interrupted or diminished. What’s important is prompt treatment, which can limit damage to tissue that’s suffered a lack of oxygen and nutrients. Dr Rudi Renison, a neurologist in private practice at Mediclinic Cape Gate, explains.

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Health considerations when travelling to a malaria area

Malaria continues to be a major killer worldwide, especially in Africa. It’s vital you take the necessary steps to protect you and your family when travelling to a malaria area.

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Pregnant and diabetic? What you need to know..

Two situations can occur: a woman with pre-existing diabetes wants to have a baby or, diabetes presents itself during the pregnancy of an otherwise healthy mother (this is referred to as gestational diabetes). Dr Andre Diedericks, an Ob-Gyn at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, explains these two situations.

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Take the time to #CheckWhatMatters this Diabetes Awareness Month

In South Africa, it is estimated that 3.85 million South Africans suffer from diabetes, with many remaining undiagnosed. The truth is we check our social media activity more than enough,

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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.

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.

Expert Articles

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.

Expert Articles

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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