Conditions

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

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Conditions

Can I still get polio?

Planning to travel to remote areas internationally? This is what you should know about polio (a virus known to cause paralysis) and its prevention. Although polio has been fully-eradicated in

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Expert Articles

Birth control: contraception methods then and now

While today we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to contraception, the birth control pill only came to the market 58 years ago. We look back to see how far

HPV symptoms
Conditions

HPV symptoms and effects may differ between men and women

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in South Africa, with roughly 80% of sexually active people infected with a strain of HPV at

HPV, HPV vaccine. age limit
Conditions

Is there an age limit to get the HPV vaccine?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections responsible for more than 90% of cervical cancers in women and anal cancers in men and women.

Conditions

How your depression meds affect your brain’s makeup

You may have heard that depression is caused by abnormal chemistry in the brain and that antidepressants work by altering the levels of these substances. But what does this mean? What is the chemistry behind depression?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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Conditions

Are you having panic attacks?

If you’ve ever felt a sudden onset of extreme fear without reason– to the point where you feel you might be dying – you could be suffering from panic attacks.

Children up to 12

Epilepsy surgery for children – from a neurosurgeon’s perspective

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by recurrent seizures, or convulsions that occur when there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy South Africa estimates the condition affects one out of every 100 people in South Africa, with 75% of those experiencing their first seizure before the age of 20.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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Men, Hernias, Facebook
Conditions

Men may be more susceptible to hernias

A hernia is one of those uncomfortable realities of being human. We speak to a Mediclinic expert about why men are more susceptible to this ailment.

Conditions

Does chronic illness lead to depression?

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness is life-altering: it not only changes the way you think about your daily existence but can also cast a shadow over future plans. And yet so often we focus only on the physical effects of a long-term illness – to the detriment of our psychological well-being.

Conditions

That joint pain could be bursitis

Are you struggling with a painful joint? One of many possibilities is that you may be suffering from bursitis. Occupations that involve repetitive movements put you at a higher risk for developing this uncomfortable condition. We take a closer look at the symptoms and what you can do about them plus other conditions that are related to working in an office.

Babies

Ear Infections FAQ: how common are they, how are they treated, will antibiotics help?

Ear infections are a bacterial complication that can affect anyone but children are more prone as their resistance to infection is still underdeveloped. An ENT explains what to look out for and why chronic, untreated infections are something to be concerned about.

Cold exposure
Conditions

Cold exposure in winter is more dangerous than you think

Being outdoors in winter can have serious health risks. In severe circumstances, you could be at risk for contracting hypothermia. Here’s how to ensure you stay safe.

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Conditions

Could you have hepatitis C and not know it?

If you had a blood transfusion before 1990, got a tattoo while travelling or share nail scissors with someone who has hepatitis C virus (HCV), you might be at risk of severe liver damage.

Conditions

Understanding Alzheimer’s: stage by stage

Ask most people what behaviour they typically associate with Alzheimer’s disease and they’ll most likely say memory loss. This is true, and it’s usually the first sign, but this is just one manifestation of a complex disease that has many symptoms which progress slowly over several years.

Healthy Life

When, how, and how often you should perform a testicular self-examination

With regular self-examinations, testicular cancer can be caught early and effective treatment is possible.

Emergency

Arm-to-arm: Where blood goes after it’s donated and who it saves

Were it not for blood donors, life-saving medical treatment for trauma victims, complicated surgical procedures and cancer treatments would not be possible.

nose bleeds
Conditions

Nosebleeds: Is my child’s nosebleed serious?

Although a bleeding nose can be a scary thing for both you and your child, there’s usually no reason to worry.

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