Conditions

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

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Tuberculosis [infographic]

The leading cause of death and how to prevent it.

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Tinnitus

If your ears are ringing right now you may have a common condition called tinnitus. Here is what you need to know.

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Sleep disorders

Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling exhausted. Read more about obstructive sleep apnoea and how it’s treated.

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Lobular carcinoma in situ

The information provided in this article was correct at the time of publishing. At Mediclinic we endeavour to provide our patients and readers with accurate and reliable information, which is

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Urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine, from occasional leaking to uncontrollable wetting. Find out more about causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. Description Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss

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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in 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 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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Antibodies/Immunoglobulins

Immunoglobulins are proteins which are found in blood or bodily fluids, and are used by the immune system to identify and neutralise foreign objects, such as bacteria and viruses. What

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Chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis refers to longstanding inflammation of the pancreas that leads to irreversible glandular destruction, and affects the pancreas's ability to function normally. CHRONIC PANCREATITIS Chronic pancreatitis refers to longstanding

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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • 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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • 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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Sleep disorders

Normal sleep is when people achieve a state of inactivity and are unaware of their environment. It is usually uninterrupted and assists to rejuvenate the mind, but sleep disorders alter

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Paget’s disease of bone

Paget’s disease of bone was first described by Sir James Paget in 1846. It is a rare disease affecting only 2-3 percent of the population over 60 years. It is

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Acute pancreatitis

Introduction Acute pancreatitis is regarded as a medical emergency and refers to inflammation of the pancreas. It is characterised by a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain radiating to the

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Headlice

Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are about the size of a sesame seed, and can easily be seen, although they hide quickly when exposed to light. Head lice (Pediculus humanus

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Kartagener’s Syndrome

A chronic lung disease which is a rare genetic disorder of the cilia of the lung cells, which are absent or abnormal and unable to move in the full syndrome.

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Human papillomaviruses (HPVs)

HPV is a very contagious sexually transmitted infection. The most common way to get HPV is by skin-to-skin contact during oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who has HPV.

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Facial nerve palsy

Facial nerve palsy usually refers to a fairly sudden onset of weakness of one side of the face. The cause is unknown, possibly viral, and most cases clear up within

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Mal de Barquement syndrome

A little-known disorder of balance, causing an illusion of continuing movement, lasting weeks or months, even years. Summary A little-known disorder of balance, causing an illusion of continuing movement, lasting

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Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is a medical condition of the uterus (womb) where glands (adeno), that usually appear in the endometrium (lining of the uterus), occur deeper in the muscle layer (myo). It

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Retts syndrome

A severely disabling genetic disorder of neurological development, sometimes confused with autism. What is it? A serious and complex genetic developmental disorder occurring almost always in girls. A child who

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Analgesic nephropathy

Summary An analgesic is any medicine intended to relieve pain (any painkiller). Painkillers present no danger for the majority of people when taken at the recommended dosage. Analgesic use is

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