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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.

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?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #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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Food for thought

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.

Exercise

Your gym-free workout

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
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.

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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Three heart health foods (and how to use them)

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

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

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?

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

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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