Symptoms

We talk about symptoms, what you need to look out for when you suspect you’re sick and the measures you need to take.

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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.

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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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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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Eating to ease arthritis

Posted on 17 October 2016

There is no known cure or prevention for arthritis, but some sufferers swear by eating or avoiding certain foods. Rheumatologist Dr Sinisa Stankovic of Mediclinic Sandton offers a medical perspective.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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Stress and mental health

Posted on 12 October 2016

Dr Karen Vukovic a psychiatrist at Mediclinic Sandton says mental health illnesses are on the rise because of increasingly stressful lifestyles. Learn more.

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Gluten intolerance versus an allergy

Posted on 20 September 2016

Gluten intolerance is on the rise. But how can you know for sure whether you’re allergic, sensitive or intolerant?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
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What you should know about hay fever

Posted on 13 September 2016

Seasonal allergies affect up to 40% of the population and are an under-diagnosed culprit of ill health. Here’s more on the condition and how to get relief.

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How your body reacts to flu

Posted on 28 June 2016

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a cold and the flu is, whether going out with wet hair will make you sick or how your body fights off the flu virus? We have the answers.

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Thrombosis

Posted on 22 January 2015

Venous thromboembolism is a serious condition but many deaths and disabilities can be prevented through greater awareness of its causes, signs and symptoms.

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Symptoms not to ignore

Posted on 22 October 2014

While we can’t run to the doctor every time we have a headache or chest pain, here are 10 symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.

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Busting flu myths

Posted on 21 July 2014

Your mom probably told you if you went outside with wet hair you’d get sick. What if we told you that’s just a myth?

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Gout – not just a pain in the toe

Posted on 8 May 2014

Don’t leave gout untreated – it can cause irreversible damage.

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When motion makes you sick

Posted on 25 March 2014

Motion sickness happens when your central nervous system gets confused and causes you to feel nauseous.

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What is an autoimmune disease?

Posted on 11 March 2014

Sometimes your body makes the mistake of attacking normal, healthy tissues – here’s why.

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Bouncing back after anaesthetic

Posted on 25 February 2014

We all react differently to anaesthetics, so here’s what to expect in those few days after surgery, says Dr Gert van der Merwe, a general surgeon at MediClinic Tzaneen.

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Fevers

Posted on 16 January 2014

Fevers in children are often cause for alarm. Here’s how to bring your child’s fever down.

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ADHD in teenage girls

Posted on 14 January 2014

ADHD in girls often goes untreated. Find out why and how this condition is managed.

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Sleep disorders

Posted on 9 January 2014

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

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Protect yourself against heatstroke

Posted on 3 December 2013

Here’s how you can protect yourself against heatstroke during the summer holidays.

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Sleep clinics

Posted on 1 November 2013

If you’re constantly tired a sleep clinic may help diagnose your condition so you can have a good night’s rest.

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How stress affects you

Posted on 8 August 2013

Here’s how stress can affect you and how you can manage it.

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