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?

  • 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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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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 use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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Conditions

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?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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
  • 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 baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
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.

Expert Articles

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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