Healthy Life

From exercises to recipes and how to deal with an emergency, this section gives advice on how you and your family can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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First Aid

FAQs: How to treat burns

If you burn yourself, Dr Philip Nel, general surgeon at Mediclinic Kloof, says it’s vital to ‘ensure that the environment is safe for you and the patient before attending to

Gastroenterology

Are your gut bacteria making you sick? [infographic]

Your gut bacteria play a role in more bodily functions than you might imagine. How do you know if your gut – or microbiome – is making you sick? And

Cardiology

How to promote good cholesterol (and lower the bad)

‘Cholesterol is a difficult subject,’ says Dr Karlien Bezuidenhout, a GP at Mediclinic Hoogland. ‘For instance, while high total cholesterol is often associated with obesity, some overweight people have low

Babies (up to 1 year)

Everything you need to know about vaccinations

Regular vaccinations play a crucial role in keeping your child infection-free. Dr Evan Shoul, an Infectious Disease specialist at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre Mediclinic, explains further. In the past,

Healthy Life

5 Blood disorders that aren’t haemophilia

Various blood disorders exist, such disorders affect different components of your blood. You may be aware of more common conditions like anaemia, haemophilia or leukaemia. Here, we look at some

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • 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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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Cardiology

How to prevent a heart attack – according to science

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) ranks as the number one cause of death worldwide. More specifically, coronary heart disease (CHD), which includes heart attacks, affects South Africans at an alarming rate of

Cancer

Don’t ignore these unusual signs of potentially serious conditions

Fatty deposits around your eyes? Skin discolouration? Pale nails? Here are a few symptoms you should get checked out – even if they seem insignificant. Many symptoms have been linked

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • 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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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Healthy Life

How to live longer, according to a GP

We all know we should drink more water, exercise and eat better if we want a long and healthy life. A GP shares his tips on how to live longer.

Healthy Life

Orthorexia: Can clean eating be bad for you?

If you have orthorexia it means you take ‘clean’ eating a little too far. Berna Harmse, a clinical dietician practicing at Mediclinic Panorama, explains further. “Orthorexia is a pathological fixation

Healthy Life

Life-shortening effects of loneliness

Mental illness is one side effect of loneliness, but so is a greater risk of poor physical health and premature death. Professor Edward (Eddie) Wolff, a clinical psychologist practising at

Cancer

Is your skin covered?

You may think you’ve got things covered – but skin protection is about more than just slapping on a bit of sunscreen.  Don’t turn the page, we’re talking to you.

Diabetes

What is syndrome x?

Metabolic syndrome, also ominously referred to as Syndrome X, is an umbrella of risk factors that can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. We take a closer look at

Healthy Life

What happened next: infertility

Becoming pregnant should be a joyful time for any couple. But after 18 months of trying with no success, Kyle and Philippa Nipper were confused and frustrated – until a

Babies (up to 1 year)

The science and significance of sleep

Getting your newborn or toddler to sleep through the night is a goal for all new parents, but there’s much more to sleep than an unbroken night’s rest. On a

Babies (up to 1 year)

It begins: a successful emergency C-Section

Long-distance trail runners Landie and Christiaan Greyling first met at an Adventure Race. Now, as the proud parents of little Christopher, they’re embarking on a whole new kind of challenge. 

Healthy Life

Why is hand hygiene so important?

Homes, offices and even cars can be comfortable places for bacterial growth. The good news: regular handwashing remains your best defence against infection.  “The science is clear: washing your hands

Healthy Life

6 Ways to keep your kidneys healthy [infographic]

Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each roughly the size of a fist, along the middle to lower end of your spine. They are responsible for filtering all of the blood in your body (several times a day) and they regulate and maintain the body’s chemical balance. A Mediclinic nephrologist explains six ways you can keep your kidneys healthy.  

Cancer

HPV vaccination: Your second best defence

HPV is the virus that causes cervical cancer – the second most prevalent cancer among women after breast cancer. Over 99% of all cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection of high-risk types of HPV. We chat to two Mediclinic experts about who should be vaccinated, when and why.

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