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Birth control: contraception methods then and now

While today we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to contraception, the birth control pill only came to the market 58 years ago. We look back to see how far

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Conditions

HPV symptoms and effects may differ between men and women

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in South Africa, with roughly 80% of sexually active people infected with a strain of HPV at

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Conditions

Is there an age limit to get the HPV vaccine?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections responsible for more than 90% of cervical cancers in women and anal cancers in men and women.

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Antibiotics vs probiotics: how to protect your gut flora

The specific bacterial species found in your gut, skin, and mouth (collectively termed your microbiome) are as unique as your fingerprint, says Ilsabé Spoelstra, a dietician at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. Every human is teeming with billions of microorganisms, and most are very good for your health.

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A Short History of Antibiotics

How antibiotics evolved from a ‘magic bullet’ to becoming the major cause of increases in drug-resistant bacteria.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • 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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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Not just a pinch of salt

To survive, our bodies need salt. But too much can cause health risks, including high blood pressure (hypertension), which can cause strokes and heart attacks. A Mediclinic dietician discusses foods high in salt, and whether alternatives like Himalayan salt are healthier.

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Glaucoma: The silent stealer of vision

Glaucoma is an eye condition where the pressure inside the eye is too high. Over time, the sustained high pressure damages the optic nerve fibres. Here’s what you need to know.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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Exercise

How should I run?

If you’ve never run before, how do you get started? What is the right way – heel first, toe first? How do I find the right shoes? What is the right way to run?

Dermatology

Soothe that sunburn

Sunburn usually takes us by surprise. Somewhere between swimming and spending the day outdoors we realise that our sun-blushed skin is turning a scary shade of red and we are filled with stinging regret.

Exercise

What is your hamstring?

If it’s soccer or rugby season, you’ll hear about sportsmen suffering from hamstring injuries. But what are those mystery muscles, and how can you strengthen and protect your own?

Exercise

Your gym-free workout

No gym? No problem. Using nothing but your own bodyweight, you can stay fit – wherever you are.

Diabetes

Manage diabetes with strength training

The second-best way to manage diabetes is by managing your diet. The best way is to manage your diet and start a strength-training programme.

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Assess your stress

As we approach year-end, the pressure to complete work or prepare for exams begins to mount. Left unchecked, stress can take a toll on your mind and body.

Dermatology

Understanding acne

No matter how old you are, the dreaded skin condition acne can affect you. Dr Matete Mathobela, dermatologist at Mediclinic Cape Gate, discusses acne and debunks some common myths.

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Foods that can help fight cancer

A bad diet can wreck your health and, in some cases, even lead to cancer. Power up your menu with our list of cancer-preventing superfoods.

Children up to 12

Discussing diabetes

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.

Cardiology

Don’t skip a beat

Every day our hearts beat about 100 000 times – but some people have an irregular heart rhythm. Dr Razeen Gopal tells us about the relationship between this condition and strokes.

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Lasik surgery

Once upon a time, the only way you could improve your vision was to wear specs or contact lenses. No more! Lasik surgery means excellent eyesight – and no more glasses.

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