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

Is a mastectomy required or are there other options for breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a treatable disease and early diagnosis significantly improves the survival rate.  Many women now have the option of preserving their breasts. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains non-surgical treatment options.

Expert Articles

7 Eye tests that look at more than just your vision

When you go to the optometrist because you’re having trouble seeing, a vision test is usually conducted. This test assesses how well you can see and your ability to discern objects. However, many eye conditions and diseases present no symptoms, so there’s a range of tests available to see what your eyes can’t. An ophthalmologist and an eye surgeon explain.

Conditions

Colorectal cancer, know the symptoms

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most prominent cancer in South Africa and the sixth most lethal. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains what we should know.

Expert Articles

A guide to the benefits and limits of radiology tests

Radiology plays a major role in medical care as it allows patients to be diagnosed and treated for disease and injuries without having to undergo explorative surgery just to see inside the body. Diagnostic radiologist Dr John-Henry Corbett, of Van Dyk & Partners based at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, takes us through the benefits, advancements and risks.

Conditions

Cervical cancer: Your risks, preventative measures, and treatment by stages

Cervical cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer affecting SA women. Yet too many women have questions: what is your risk, how does it develop, and how is it treated? Mediclinic pathologist Dr Izak Loftus explains.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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 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 make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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Cardiology

Good vs. Bad cholesterol: how do they affect the heart?

There is a common misconception that all cholesterol is bad for you. But that’s not always true. Two Mediclinic experts offer a closer look at the various types of cholesterol, as well as solutions to prevent cholesterol-related heart attacks.

Cardiology

Can this one test predict your heart attack risk?

High levels of C-reactive protein could indicate inflammation in your blood vessels, says a Mediclinic physician and rheumatologist.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • 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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Healthy Life

These five health screenings for women could save your life

Some of the cancers that most often affect women are breast, cervical, colon, endometrial and lung cancers. Knowing what you can do to detect them early (when they are small and easier to treat) is crucial.

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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

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.

Healthy Life

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.

Healthy Life

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.

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.

Healthy Life

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.

Healthy Life

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.

Healthy Life

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.

Healthy Life

Window to the womb

There’s nothing like seeing your unborn baby moving and growing in your womb – especially in 3D or 4D clarity. But aside from the emotional benefits, what are doctors looking for during these scans and what does changing technology mean for monitoring your baby’s health?

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