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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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.

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A mental health reality check

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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in 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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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?

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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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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Online diagnosis – a good idea?

Posted on 23 July 2013

Don’t Google your symptoms – here’s why.

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