Routine tests

A big part of keeping healthy is making sure you’re both physically and mentally well. Our experts give advice on what you should be getting routinely checked.

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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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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.

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.

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Brush correctly for better overall health (infographic)

While we may take our teeth for granted, they play a large role in our everyday life, from allowing us to socialise confidently, eat without difficult and pronounce words correctly. Some studies have even linked poor oral health to heart disease which may be due to the way that infection contributes to chronic inflammation in the body.

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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 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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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 install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • 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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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.

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Only three steps to donate stem cells

It isn’t difficult, painful or time consuming to add your name to the South African Bone Marrow Registry.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cycle Tour

Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

As the official medical service provider for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Mediclinic has expanded the health screening questionnaire that forms part of the race registration process. Race doctor Jann Killops answers questions about the questionnaire and explains what the information is used for.

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Caring for the elderly in your life

It’s not easy to care for ageing parents or grandparents, even if they’re not living under your roof. Dr Mariette Buchner, a physician at Mediclinic Durbanville, explains the important elements of elderly care.

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