Endocrinology

Our doctors give information on the diagnosis of diseases related to the glands such as metabolic disorders and thyroid diseases.

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Hypothyroidism can be treated: get tested

Posted on 20 October 2016

Have you gained weight and feel tired all the time? Do you seem to feel the cold more than most and do you feel down a lot of the time? If you answer yes to all or some of these questions, you may have hypothyroidism, which means your thyroid gland is underactive.

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Discussing diabetes

Posted on 29 September 2015

If caught in time, diabetes doesn’t need to be debilitating. We chat to Dr Alkesh Magan, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Sandton, and Dr Heidi Ackermann, a paediatrican at Mediclinic Geneva in George, to find out more about the disease and how to manage it.

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Kidney transplants

Posted on 20 January 2015

Once you have reached end-stage chronic renal failure you have two options – dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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Hope for kidney sufferers

Posted on 27 November 2014

Without kidneys, the body’s purification plant, you’d be like a coffee machine without a filter. But there is hope: here we explain how dialysis could take over the kidneys’ function.

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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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Do you have a vitamin D deficiency?

Posted on 15 May 2014

Now that we’re enjoying less sun it’s important that you get enough vitamin D.

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Diabetes 101

Posted on 24 April 2014

Dr Magan shares his insight on diabetes and discusses the trends in developing countries.

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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 hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in 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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • 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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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Type 1 vs type 2 diabetes

Posted on 20 March 2014

Find out what the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is here.

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Iodine deficiency disorder

Posted on 23 October 2013

Here’s why you need iodine and what an iodine deficiency can cause.

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Is your thyroid a problem?

Posted on 23 October 2012

Thyroid disorders aren’t unusual. While South African figures are unknown but US statistics suggest that about 13-million adults are diagnosed with thyroid disorders each year, and it’s estimated that for every diagnosis there is someone who is undiagnosed.

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Understanding kidney stones

Posted on 2 October 2012

A kidney stone usually causes a sudden, severe pain in the side. Although urination is painful, a kidney stone seldom affects the passing of urine.

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