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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Could you skip chemo?

A new test is helping doctors understand the “personality” of breast cancer better – leading to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment.

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Can stress cause a serious illness?

According to a psychiatrist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, stress is not a medical condition. Multiple studies show that stress causes a biological response in the body, allowing us to face or escape the situation – but it is meant to be a short-term survival instinct, not an everyday occurrence. So what happens when it builds and builds?

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How the right therapy can help with stress-related problems

A psychiatrist at Mediclinic explains that ignoring stress or not understanding its cause is detrimental to your health and well-being.

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Will your child’s excess weight be problematic in later life?

Childhood obesity rates are soaring. In South Africa, almost 4 million children could be affected in the next few years. Parents should be on the lookout for warning signs from an early age.

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How to prevent your child from needing glasses

Despite our warm and sunny climate, there are signs of an ever-increasing indoor culture. Digital entertainment means children in particular are prone to not spending enough time outdoors. And despite the more obvious harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle, too much “couch time” can also have a detrimental effect on eyesight.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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 have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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Nutrition

How to keep to your diet while eating out

Eating out is part and parcel of socialising. Keeping to a healthy diet can be a challenge if you socialise frequently. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

Exercise

Do you cramp up while running?

This is why – and what you can – and can’t – do about it.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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Healthy Life

How often should you have your eyes tested?

One of the smallest organs in the human body, the eye is also one of the most complex. Proper care is critical in maintaining clear vision and regular testing forms the backbone of this preventative maintenance.

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Don’t sweet the small stuff: Diabetic-friendly dinners

Vanessa Marx is an award winning South African born chef with diverse international experience. Here she shares a delicious exotic chicken recipe. Look out for other diabetic-friendly recipes by Vanessa in the Spring issue of the Mediclinic Family magazine. 

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What health issue affects the most women?

Heart disease causes more deaths in women than all cancers combined. So, this September, Mediclinic wants you to take one of our free blood pressure and cholesterol tests and #ShareTheHeart.

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How does a stroke affect the brain?

Cases of ischemic strokes are a fairly common occurrence, particularly in people over the age of fifty. Here’s what you need to know.

Cardiology

Five myths about heart and stroke medication

When a patient feels fully rehabilitated after a heart attack or stroke, they may be tempted to stop their medication. A stroke specialist at Mediclinic gives five reasons why this isn’t a good idea.

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Aaa-Choo! What happens to your body when you sneeze?

You can’t do it on demand and you can’t do it in your sleep. But it won’t make your eyes pop out of your head either. Researchers say sneezing is a way of “resetting” your nasal cavities. And if you want to be technical, it’s called sternutation.

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Will your child benefit from braces?

Some kids can’t wait to get braces, as they see it as a sign of growing up. Others are horrified at the idea. Here’s what parents need to know.

Babies

Why it’s essential to care for baby teeth

Even before they start teething, babies will benefit from meticulous dental care. Experts weigh in on what parents can do to help.

Exercise

Get off the road: why trail running may be better for you than dodging traffic

Running is a simple sport with complex benefits: do it regularly, and the act of turning your legs over (and over, and over) will help you drop weight, build muscle and strengthen your heart health.

Exercise

7 common causes of running injuries, and how to avoid them

Seduced by the ease and accessibility of the activity, too many new runners sprint headlong into an inconvenient statistic. Here’s how to avoid injuries.

Exercise

Runners: do you have plantar fasciitis and should you see a doctor?

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the foot arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. We look at which types of athletes are at risk and when you need to see a doctor.

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