Conditions

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

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Does your child need spectacles?

Posted on 15 February 2017

A 2003 study concluded that 3% of children up to the age of 13 suffer from some sort of eyesight limitation, increasing threefold by their mid-teens. Could your child be one of them?

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How fertility treatments have evolved

Posted on 10 February 2017

Fertility treatments have come a long way from folk and medicinal remedies in the 17th century to the first experimentation with artificial insemination in the mid-19th century. We look at the latest research.

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‘The Mediclinic event team is the reason I’m still alive’

Posted on 9 February 2017

As Sean Hanekom approached the end of Stage 3 of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic, he felt a sharp pain on his arm. It was a bee sting, which for most riders would have been no more than a minor irritation. For Sean, however, it was something far more serious.

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Peanut allergies in children

Posted on 8 February 2017

Generally, children younger than five years old should steer clear of nuts because they pose a choking hazard, but nuts – and peanuts in particular – can pose a real danger for those with allergies, especially when ingested unknowingly as pastes, butters or oils concealed in other foods.

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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • 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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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Ear infections and antibiotics

Posted on 6 February 2017

We speak to a GP about the causes and treatment of ear infections in children – and when antibiotics are necessary.

Children up to 12 0

Insomnia in children

Posted on 6 February 2017

A GP explains it’s the lack of sleep-encouraging behaviour, rather than an underlying disease, that usually causes insomnia in children. The good news? Knowing this makes it easier to treat.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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Exercise and asthma

Posted on 3 February 2017

Exercise is a common trigger for asthma symptoms, but asthma shouldn’t be a reason to avoid exercise. Proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan can help asthma sufferers enjoy the many benefits of appropriate exercise.

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Anxiety disorders vs anxiety attacks or stress

Posted on 2 February 2017

A clinical psychologist explains the difference between anxiety disorders and attacks as well as anxiety attacks and stress.

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The facts on carpal tunnel syndrome

Posted on 19 January 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming increasingly common in today’s digital age. A Mediclinic orthopaedic surgeon explains the causes and treatment of this condition.

Orthopaedics 0

Physiotherapist undergoes career-saving arthroscopic surgery

Posted on 6 January 2017

When an old wrist injury came back to haunt physiotherapist Elané de Beer eight years after the fact, she was unable to perform the hands-on, strenuous physical therapy her job entailed. Dr Adriaan Smit, Orthopod at Mediclinic Durbanville, prescribed arthroscopic ligament repair.

Healthy living 0

Less alcohol equals better health

Posted on 6 January 2017

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions. If one of yours is to give up alcohol, then good for you! Here’s why it’s the one resolution you really should stick to.

Dermatology 0

Beauty spot or cancer?

Posted on 5 January 2017

Is that mark on your skin just a mole or could it be a melanoma? We take a closer look at this potentially dangerous form of cancer.

Children up to 12 0

‘Cutting out junk food improved my son’s ADHD’

Posted on 19 December 2016

Brandy Massam found that changing her son’s diet improved his school performance and behaviour almost immediately.

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Common childhood illnesses in adults

Posted on 19 December 2016

Young children, with immune systems that are still developing, are more susceptible to viral infections like chickenpox, mumps and measles. But Pathcare virologist, Inéz Rossouw, says adults with weakened immune systems are also vulnerable and at greater risk of complications.

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Kidney stones:
who is at risk?

Posted on 19 December 2016

A Mediclinic urologist explains how lifestyle choices in South Africa are causing a higher incidence of kidney stones in children – and who else is at risk.

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Can your body heal
after smoking?

Posted on 18 December 2016

Need a reason to quit smoking? A Mediclinic pulmonologist explains how long it takes to recover.

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How to prevent airplane, sea and travel sickness

Posted on 5 December 2016

While holiday and travel are two terms that go hand in hand, the less pleasant occurrence of travel sickness can rear its head. Be it land, sea or air travel, nausea or headaches are often experienced while in transit. Here are expert tips on dealing with travel sickness.

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Glucose intolerance and insulin-related conditions

Posted on 30 November 2016

We asked Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes, about insulin-related conditions other than diabetes and how to spot them. The umbrella term for these conditions is glucose intolerance, meaning your body does not tolerate glucose well.

Cardiology 0

The lowdown on low blood pressure

Posted on 24 November 2016

If you were born with blood pressure on the low side, that’s good news – but there are still a few things worth knowing about this condition.

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Prevent blood clots when you travel

Posted on 15 November 2016

There’s nothing quite as exciting as a holiday, especially if you’re going abroad, but with long-haul travel comes the risk of blood clots, particularly in the elderly. We chat to Dr Gavin Angel, a cardiologist at Mediclinic Morningside, about recognising and managing the risks.

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Staying ahead of epilepsy

Posted on 31 October 2016

Epilepsy is in fact a group of conditions better thought of collectively as the epilepsies, explains Dr James Butler, a neurologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg. Dr Butler stays at the forefront of the latest research and, together with a team of healthcare providers specialising in the epilepsies, ensures that patients receive the best care available.

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