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Not just a pinch of salt

Posted on 27 February 2017

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

Posted on 16 February 2017

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.

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How should I run?

Posted on 15 January 2016

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?

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Soothe that sunburn

Posted on 14 January 2016

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • 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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What is your hamstring?

Posted on 11 January 2016

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?

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Food for thought

Posted on 21 December 2015

Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s physical or mental health. Here are some other types you may not be aware of.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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 expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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Your gym-free workout

Posted on 15 December 2015

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

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Manage diabetes with strength training

Posted on 30 November 2015

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

Posted on 9 November 2015

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.

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Understanding acne

Posted on 6 November 2015

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

Posted on 13 October 2015

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.

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Discussing diabetes

Posted on 29 September 2015

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.

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Don’t skip a beat

Posted on 22 September 2015

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

Posted on 17 September 2015

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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Three heart health foods (and how to use them)

Posted on 10 September 2015

Are you looking for healthier ways to prepare your food? Jandri Barnard, a dietitian at Mediclinic Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal, identifies three small ingredients that make a huge different to the health of your heart.

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Lasik eye surgery

Posted on 4 September 2015

Short-sighted or far-sighted and tired of wearing specs or contact lenses? Lasik surgery is the answer that thousands of people in South Africa are turning to – with great success.

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Breast reconstruction: What you need to know

Posted on 25 August 2015

If you’ve had a breast removed, breast reconstruction surgery can restore symmetry to your chest and improve your self-esteem and quality of life. Specialist plastic surgeon Dr Nicolette Landman from Mediclinic Midstream answers a few questions.

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What’s the deal with colonoscopies?

Posted on 21 August 2015

We asked Dr Naayil Rajabally, a gastroenterologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, to answer some FAQs on colonoscopies.

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Pregnancy: 3-step body adaptation process

Posted on 4 August 2015

Waiting for your body to change in response to your growing baby can be equally as daunting as the pregnancy itself. But Dr Johannes van Waart, a fertility specialist at Wijnlands Fertility who works with Stellenbosch Mediclinic, says it doesn’t have to be. Here’s what to expect…

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Your health in your 40s

Posted on 21 July 2015

As you enter your 40s, you’ll find you’re older, wiser… and not as young as you used to be. Here’s a look at what to expect, health-wise, in this crucial decade.

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So you think you’re too old to exercise?

Posted on 8 July 2015

Che Bresler, a biokineticist at Pienaar and Bresler at Sandton Mediclinic, believes you’re never too old to get moving.

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