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Cancer

Treatment options for the most common cancer in men

When detected early, there is a 90% cure rate for prostate cancer. Discover more about the importance of screening – and the treatment options available. As Dr Andre Dreyer, an

Cancer

Why is Breast Cancer in young women on the rise?

Although breast cancer in young women is rare – it is often undiagnosed until it’s too late. Don’t ignore that lump, even if you’re under 35, say oncologists. ‘In young

Cancer

‘We focus on hope’

Cancercare oncology social worker Emerentia Esterhuyse explains her role in a cancer patient’s journey. The team at Panorama Cancercare, located near Mediclinic Panorama, adopts a holistic approach towards cancer treatment

Cancer

Skin cancer risk factors and symptoms [infographic]

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in South Africa. How does it occur, and who is most at risk? Are there different types? Is it possible to self-test? What

Cardiology

The heart attack gender gap [infographic]

Heart attacks affect both men and women, but because much of the research in SA has focused on men, women might not know their risk profile – or the early

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
Heart & stroke

What happens in your body during a stroke? [infographic]

A stroke is a brain attack: a medical emergency that robs your brain of oxygen. The longer you go without specialised treatment, the more damage is done to your brain.

Heart & stroke

The kinds of stroke: how they happen and how they harm your health

Ischaemic and haemorrhagic strokes and transient ischaemic attacks all affect the body differently. They can be caused by clots or ruptured blood vessels – and in some cases, like cryptogenic

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #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
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
Gynaecology

Struggling to conceive? Your infertility questions, answered.

Being diagnosed as infertile doesn’t mean you can’t fall pregnant, it just means something is preventing you from conceiving naturally.   What is infertility? ‘Doctors define infertility as the inability to conceive

Gynaecology

Early Menopause – and associated health risks

Like all menopausal women, women in premature menopause experience low oestrogen levels. When your oestrogen levels drop, you are more exposed to certain diseases. So what can you do to

Gynaecology

Pelvic Pain? 3 causes to consider

Pelvic pain broadly refers to sharp pain – or a dull ache – that occurs in the lower abdomen (below the belly button). If pain in your lower abdomen persists for

Healthy Life

What is antimicrobial stewardship?

Mediclinic takes a direct, team-led approach to fight the spread of drug-resistant organisms. This programme is known as antimicrobial stewardship. Andriette van Jaarsveld, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist: Mediclinic SA. In the

Healthy Life

Wash these diseases away

Make sure your hand hygiene is up to scratch to prevent the spread of germs (like bacteria and viruses) that cause illness. Christine Smedley, Infection Prevention and Control Co-ordinator: Mediclinic

Cancer

HPV vaccination: Your second best defence

HPV is the virus that causes cervical cancer – the second most prevalent cancer among women after breast cancer. Over 99% of all cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection of high-risk types of HPV. We chat to two Mediclinic experts about who should be vaccinated, when and why.

Cancer

The HPV vaccination process

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a viral infection that can cause cervical cancer. Although sexually transmitted, penetrative sex is not required – the virus can also be transmitted through skin-to-skin genital contact.

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You may not see the symptoms of glaucoma

Generally undiagnosed in its early stages, glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. Because symptoms usually only appear once some damage has already been done, it can result in vision loss and, in severe cases, blindness. Yet once it’s diagnosed it can be treated, preventing further damage.

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Glaucoma demystified [infographic]

Potentially resulting in blindness, glaucoma can’t be cured but it can be controlled. We look at how glaucoma affects your eyes and uncover some interesting facts about the condition.

Healthy Life

When a cough becomes a medical emergency

A lingering cough is perhaps one of the most common human ailments. There seems to be no escaping some form of “hack”, either voluntarily or involuntarily.

Babies (up to 1 year)

5 Ways to prepare your child for a sibling

Encourage healthy bonds and ease the transition from only child to older child with these intelligent ideas.

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