Conditions

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

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Group B strep and pregnancy

Found in 25% of healthy pregnant women, group B streptococcus – commonly known as group B strep (GBS) – is a bacterial infection that can spread to the baby during vaginal delivery. Mediclinic gynaecologists share some insights.

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Best ways to keep your cholesterol in check

High cholesterol levels can cause heart disease but there are lifestyle changes you can make to keep your cholesterol under control.

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What is a sleep phase shift and what does it mean for teenagers?

A neurologist at Mediclinic explains why certain people may only fall asleep at 2am and how morning light exposure can help.

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Adult ADHD: No one-size-fits-all approach

A psychiatrist at Mediclinic Sandton explains that ADHD in adults can cause their lives to be chaotic, often resulting in a great deal of personal anguish. As such, an accurate diagnosis and choosing a treatment method that suits the patient’s needs is paramount.

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Exercising after orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic surgeons can repair broken bones and replace worn-out joints, but it’s up to us to walk the road to recovery.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • 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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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‘I beat cervical cancer’

Women are constantly reminded to go for regular pap smears, but may feel uncomfortable going for their check-ups. Norma Kiego put hers off because the results always came back normal and she had only ever had one partner. Then one day she started bleeding heavily and fainted at work.

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Antibiotics and treating UTIs in pregnancy

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a fairly common condition during pregnancy but, left untreated, can lead to complications. At the same time, not all antibiotics are safe during pregnancy. We look at treating UTIs safely in pregnancy.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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Identifying Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is most commonly associated with the urge to move during periods of inactivity. Neuropsychiatrist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, explains RLS and the toll it can have on sufferers.

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Prenatal testing options for genetic abnormalities

Amniocentesis used to be the most common procedure to test for serious genetic birth defects, but nowadays there are other less invasive ways to test prenatally for genetic abnormalities.

Conditions

Appendicitis, the most common abdominal emergency

Appendicitis is the most common abdominal emergency, accounting for thousands of hospital admissions across South Africa annually. Every individual has a 7% to 8% lifetime chance of developing the condition, the management and treatment of which remains surgery.

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Progeroid syndromes

A rare genetic disorder that causes accelerated ageing in children affects a very small fraction of newborns – and South Africans are among them.

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Locking in on tetanus

Tetanus is an infection caused by the Clostridium tetani bacteria, which are found in soil, dust, manure and saliva. Here’s what you need to know.

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Back to work during cancer treatment

While cancer treatment is different for everyone, a Mediclinic oncologist gives general advice on how to cope with work during cancer treatment.

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The artificial pancreas is closer than we think

The end goal for the treatment of type 1 diabetes – the artificial pancreas – is an integrated, automated system that calculates how much insulin the body needs and then delivers it – in real time.

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Uterine fibroids are very common

It’s estimated that 20-50% of women of reproductive age have uterine fibroids, which may range in size from as small as a pea to as big as a grapefruit. We look at the causes, symtoms and treatment of these mostly benign growths.

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A heads-up on headaches

We asked Dr Yaseen Yacoob, specialist neurologist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, about common causes and treatments of headaches – and how they’re classified.

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The future of cancer treatment

We speak to a Mediclinic oncology surgeon and an oncologist about the future of breast cancer treatments.

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‘Personality gene’ testing for targeted breast cancer treatment

Tests that analyse what can be called the ‘personality’ of the cancer are now changing the very nature and effectiveness of cancer treatment.

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