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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Conditions

Can I still get polio?

Planning to travel to remote areas internationally? This is what you should know about polio (a virus known to cause paralysis) and its prevention. Although polio has been fully-eradicated in

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Expert Articles

Birth control: contraception methods then and now

While today we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to contraception, the birth control pill only came to the market 58 years ago. We look back to see how far

HPV, HPV vaccine. age limit
Conditions

Is there an age limit to get the HPV vaccine?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections responsible for more than 90% of cervical cancers in women and anal cancers in men and women.

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Babies

Your Body on Breastfeeding: health benefits for mom

Most mothers are aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for their baby but they don’t realise there are benefits for them too.

Exercise

How much exercise you need to add years to your life

Exercise can help add years to your life, and life to your years, by partially counteracting the effects of ageing on your body.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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 prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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 corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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Healthy Life

Are you addicted to caffeine and how much is too much?

Taken in moderation caffeine has some great perks like increased concentration. But too much of this good thing can lead to some unpleasant side effects.

Cold exposure
Conditions

Cold exposure in winter is more dangerous than you think

Being outdoors in winter can have serious health risks. In severe circumstances, you could be at risk for contracting hypothermia. Here’s how to ensure you stay safe.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #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
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
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Emergency

Reduce the risk of a car accident in winter (and in general)

The sad reality is that South Africa has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the world. Poor vehicle maintenance and human error increase the chance you’ll be involved in an accident. Here are the most common hazards – and how to deal with them.

Emergency

Are you sure your home is fireproof?

ER24 paramedics are often called out to attend to injuries caused by household fires – and in winter the prevalence increases. Be aware of the risk factors for fires and

Healthy Life

When, how, and how often you should perform a testicular self-examination

With regular self-examinations, testicular cancer can be caught early and effective treatment is possible.

Children up to 12

Your children on medicine: all you need to know

A sick child is every parent’s nightmare. But helping your kids develop a healthy attitude to taking medicine is the first step to ensuring a speedy recovery.

Healthy Life

Infographic: A visual guide to proper hand hygiene techniques

Our hands are big transmitters of microorganisms (germs) which is why most infections are preventable through good hand hygiene. Here’s how it’s done…

Healthy Life

Infographic: How bacteria develops antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is what happens when bacteria that cause disease and infection no longer respond to antibiotic treatment. Here, we take a look at why and how this happens and what we can do to slow it down.

Expert Articles

Antibiotics vs probiotics: how to protect your gut flora

The specific bacterial species found in your gut, skin, and mouth (collectively termed your microbiome) are as unique as your fingerprint, says Ilsabé Spoelstra, a dietician at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. Every human is teeming with billions of microorganisms, and most are very good for your health.

Emergency

Arm-to-arm: Where blood goes after it’s donated and who it saves

Were it not for blood donors, life-saving medical treatment for trauma victims, complicated surgical procedures and cancer treatments would not be possible.

Healthy Life

3 things your blood type says about your health

Your blood type can give you information about your risk for disease. We discover what your blood type says about your health.

Expert Articles

A Short History of Antibiotics

How antibiotics evolved from a ‘magic bullet’ to becoming the major cause of increases in drug-resistant bacteria.

Healthy Life

Paracetamol vs Aspirin: Your essential guide to more accurate pain relief

They both act to reduce pain and mild fever, so what’s the difference and which one is right for you?

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