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Children (1 to 12 years)

Can school make you sick?

Back to school means back to health risks: lice, ringworm and meningitis are all common conditions many kids bring home from their first week back. Here’s how to avoid them.

Cape Epic

Your 2020 sports calendar {infographic}

A year’s worth of sporting events where Mediclinic plays a key role in providing medical assistance and expertise. Plus: what to look out for at each one – risk factors

Healthy Life

Health screenings for your age

Your annual health check means getting your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels checked. Additional age-appropriate screening tests can mean early detection of any health problems.   20s onwards:

Healthy Life

Five subtle symptoms you shouldn’t ignore

They might be subtle – but they could also indicate serious conditions that require medical intervention.   Leg pain in only one side Could be: A pulled muscle. However, if

Healthy Life

Six reasons to see your GP – even when you’re healthy

Yes! It is a good idea to visit a doctor regularly, even when you aren’t sick.  Routine visits to your GP mean they can check for current or emerging medical problems and assess your risk of future medical issues. To

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
Healthy Life

Can you ditch bad habits?

Seemingly small, everyday habits can have a major effect on your health. Get a head start on making manageable changes – and reap the benefits.   PROBLEM: Being a couch

Cancer

Under your skin

Melanoma is the most common malignancy in the world, affecting men and women of every skin colour. Here’s how it develops.   How skin cancer grows The development of skin

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #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
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
Emergency

How Knowing CPR Can Help Save A Life

Learn a skill that could save someone’s life. Earlier this year, a 56-year-old man collapsed at his workplace in Parow Industria. When ER24 paramedics arrived at the factory, they found

Emergency

Hidden Summer Dangers

Experts explain how to keep your children safe while they enjoy the festive season. Summer activities are often the highlight of the family calendar – think poolside braais, trips to

Emergency

How Alcohol Harms Your Health

It’s not just a hangover. Heavy drinking over the holidays can wreak havoc on your body and brain. For many, the festive season is the perfect time to overindulge in

Diabetes

Hidden dangers: Know the warning signs of diabetes {Infographic}

The warning signs for Type 2 diabetes can be so mild that you don’t notice them. People with Type 2 diabetes have raised blood glucose levels, but sometimes these levels

Diabetes

Diabetes: at a glance {Infographic}

Almost 4 million people in SA live with diabetes. Another 5 million are estimated to be prediabetic. Who is at risk? Why? What can be done? In a series of

Diabetes

Understanding your diabetes diagnosis: What are your treatment options?

Dr Elmo Pretorius, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Vergelegen, explains different management options for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.   Treatment options for Type 1 diabetes include:

Diabetes

5 things an endocrinologist wishes you knew about diabetes

Yes, you can eat sugar. No, Type 2 diabetes can’t be cured. Dr Elmo Pretorius, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Vergelegen, breaks down a few common myths about

Diabetes

How, when and why to check your sugar level {Infographic}

Diabetics may need to check their blood sugar level several times a day – before meals or exercise, at bedtime, before driving. But everyone is different: there are many numbers

Children (1 to 12 years)

A diagnosis for the whole family: living with someone with diabetes

If you’ve had a child diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll know: this is a life-changing illness, and not just for them. Here we look at how the whole family can help

Diabetes

Gestational diabetes: what does that mean?

Gestational diabetes means you have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy – but is it a precursor of Type 2 diabetes? And will it affect your baby? When a woman

Diabetes

Is your lifestyle making you sick? {Infographic}

Many everyday lifestyle decisions can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how these often unnoticed lifestyle risk factors add up to skyrocket your diabetes risk. Mediclinic are offering FREE diabetes

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