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’s your blood type? (infographic)

Can you tell what your blood type is by finding out your parents’ blood type? And do you know if you are a universal donor or not?

Children up to 12

Children and diets

Childhood obesity is on the rise – but should children ever be put on a diet? Our expert has the answer.

Babies

Pneumococcal disease is often prevented

Pneumococcal disease is caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pneumococcus) bacteria that can spread from person to person through close contact or droplet spread. It can cause mild infections such as ear or sinus infections but can also lead to invasive pneumococcal disease.

Conditions

Back to work during cancer treatment

While cancer treatment is different for everyone, a Mediclinic oncologist gives general advice on how to cope with work during cancer treatment.

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On a high note

Music is so much part of the human condition that it shouldn’t be a surprise that it can be good for your health and emotional wellbeing too.

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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • 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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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Three health hazards people share with their pets

Getting sick is not just a human dilemma. Some diseases, especially the lifestyle-related ones, extend to our four-legged friends. We review the causes, similarities, differences and treatments of three conditions we share.

Children up to 12

Brain food for kids

Which foods and healthy habits are really the best for growing brain function and development? We speak to a GP specialising in family medicine to find out.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • 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.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern 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.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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Teeth grinding needs treatment

It is estimated that about 13% of people frequently grind their teeth at night. But teeth grinding – medically known as bruxism – can be experienced in the day too by people both young and old. Not only could it damage a person’s teeth, but it may be caused by an external factor or underlying condition that needs to be identified.

First Aid

Poisonous plants: what to look out for

Do you know whether there are poisonous plants among your daisy bushes? This infographic shows you what to look out for and what to do in an emergency.

Exercise

Activity trackers: are they for you?

Fitness or activity trackers are all the rage, but can they really help you reach your weight loss and health goals?

Emergency

A crash course in cycling accidents

There are three main culprits that may cause you and your bike to involuntarily part ways: hitting something, losing control, and speed. An orthopaedic surgeon explores what to do to limit injury in a cycling accident.

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Innovation in breast reconstruction

An innovative method of using the patient’s own fat in breast augmentation and reconstruction after mastectomy has many benefits and few drawbacks, says a Mediclinic plastic surgeon.

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Comfort eating without the kilojoules

For most of us, winter is the time when we gain more weight. But there are ways to eat for warmth without packing on the pounds.

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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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Foods you didn’t know were high in fibre

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.

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