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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What to tell your doctor

While you don’t need to tell your doctor about the time you grazed your knee in preschool, not disclosing enough personal information could result in incorrect diagnoses and ineffective treatments. We look at what you should always tell your doctor to ensure they give you the right tools to stay healthy.

Babies

Choosing a safe car seat

We look at the safest car seats for your baby or child, from rear-facing to reclining options and include information on installation options like ISOFIX.

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High fibre foods

We all know the saying: ‘You can’t get enough of a good thing’. Some health reports show that even the recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day may still leave us short of our daily vitamin and fibre quota. ‘Ten a day’ is fast becoming the new catch phrase – and there are plenty of options.

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Halitosis can be treated

Bad breath is part and parcel of everyday life. Whether it is the dreaded ‘morning breath’ after a good night’s sleep or the lingering effects of strong foods, mouth odour is something that requires constant attention. But there’s more to bad breath than these common examples, as our expert explains.

Endocrinology

Fighting the ‘midlife fat attack’

One of the main health concerns for those over 40 is that hormonal changes will cause weight gain. A Mediclinic gynaecologist and obstetrician explains that while hormonal changes can indirectly cause weight gain, it’s not as simple as that.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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Conditions

Incontinence and physiotherapy

That little bit of urine that escapes when you sneeze or cough is just a side effect of having babies or ageing, right? Not at all. An expert explains the link between incontinence and physiotherapy in women.

gynaecology

HPV vaccine pros and cons

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common infection that can lead to cervical cancer when it’s transmitted sexually. A vaccine is available to prevent HPV infection. Here’s what you should know before getting the HPV vaccine.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #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
  • 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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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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Food cravings

Most of us often experience an intense urge for a certain food – but the danger is that sudden food cravings can play a major role in weight gain, food addiction and binge eating.

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Help students maintain healthy eating habits

Despite your best efforts to teach your children about healthy eating from a young age, there’s a chance they’ll leave these at home along with their signed matric blazer. Here are expert tips to help them maintain good eating habits as they leave home.

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Naturally sweet alternatives

Are you trying to reduce your sugar intake but still hankering for something sweet? These natural sweeteners have become increasingly popular as alternatives to sugar. Here’s a look at 5 of the most common natural sweeteners and what you always need to be aware of with regard to sugar intake.

Cape Epic

Medical support at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic

Mediclinic’s fully equipped race hospital and events team is on hand to offer medical support throughout the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Here are some of the stats:

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Be prepared on the 2017 Absa Cape Epic

The much-anticipated Absa Cape Epic kicks off at Meerendal Wine Estate. Here’s how riders can make sure they’re prepared for any hiccups along their adrenaline-fuelled eight-day ride:

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2017 Absa Cape Epic by the numbers

The 2017 Absa Cape Epic in numbers, including stages, climbing and distance covered.

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Allergy testing explained

Statistics suggest that approximately one out of every seven children is prone to some sort of non-seasonal allergy – and this figure increases if there is a family history of allergies. Adverse reactions to foods, medications, pets, dust and pollen are on the rise, which is why proper allergy testing is critical – and could be lifesaving.

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Listen up: a look at different types of hearing tests [infographic]

If you’re worried about your hearing or how well your child or parent hears, an audiologist can perform various tests. This infographic on hearing tests and loss looks at the options.

Conditions

What is surfer’s ear?

When writer and surfer Brad Roberts sought treatment for a rare condition, he discovered that he was in danger of sustaining hearing loss from surfer’s ear.

Expert Articles

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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Is technology to blame for our sleeping problems?

Growing bodies of research have drawn correlations between the increase in incidents of people suffering from various sleep issues, and the presence of artificial blue light in our environments. Mediclinic Morningside specialist opthalmologist and developer of the SleepSpec, Dr Rob Daniel, explains the link.

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