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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Conditions

Fibromyalgia – the invisible disease

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, debilitating condition that is essentially all about pain.

Children up to 12

Insomnia in children

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.

Conditions

Common childhood illnesses in adults

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.

Conditions

Staying ahead of epilepsy

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.

Conditions

Eating to ease arthritis

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?

  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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Stress and mental health

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

Conditions

Gluten intolerance versus an allergy

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • 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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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Conditions

What you should know about hay fever

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.

Healthy Life

How your body reacts to flu

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.

Symptoms

Thrombosis

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

Symptoms

Busting flu myths

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?

Expert Articles

Gout – not just a pain in the toe

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

Symptoms

When motion makes you sick

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

Expert Articles

What is an autoimmune disease?

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

Expert Articles

Bouncing back after anaesthetic

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.

Children up to 12

Fevers

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

Expert Articles

ADHD in teenage girls

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

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Sleep disorders

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

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