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JOIN OUR PREGNANCY EDUCATION SESSIONS & LEARN THE FACTS

Join an education session near you to learn all you need to know about becoming a parent and find out which pregnancy myths are simply old wives’ tales!

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Why is my vision worsening?

As you age, it’s natural for your vision to deteriorate. Thanks to modern medicine, there is usually a treatment option for your condition. An eye specialist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg explains more.

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When morning sickness turns serious

The majority of women experience some degree of nausea and vomiting while pregnant – but approximately 3% (including the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton) develop a severe form called hyperemesis gravidarum. Here’s what you should know.

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Your options for dealing with recurrent pregnancy loss

Are you or your partner facing the heartbreak of recurrent miscarriages? Dr Abri de Bruin, a gynaecologist and reproductive medicine specialist based at Genesis Reproductive Centre at Mediclinic Kloof, offers his invaluable support and treatment advice for couples struggling with recurrent pregnancy loss.

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Asking for help: it’s not a weakness, it’s essential

She’s a model, actress, businesswoman and serious cyclist. He’s a full-time ultramarathon trail runner. Yet this power couple stumbled hard when their first child, Max, was born.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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Listeriosis: what you need to know

According to a recent statement from Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, an outbreak of food-borne listeria bacteria had claimed a number of lives and infected hundreds more in South Africa. For those concerned about this relatively unknown disease we have provided some information to assist in making good food choices.

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Mediclinic teams up with the Free State Department of Health

Mediclinic recently partnered with Bongani Regional Hospital and the Free State Department of Health. Dr Steve Steyn, an ophthalmic surgeon in private practice, performed twenty-two cataract surgeries in less than four hours at Mediclinic Welkom. This was part of a larger-scale initiative to perform over 100 surgeries on state sector patients.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #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
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
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Skin cancer: why spots may be worse than moles

A new study* shows that 70% of melanoma cases originate from new spots that appear on the skin, rather than moles that become irregular – and catching them early is your best chance of beating this fast-growing and life-threatening skin cancer.

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‘Brain surgery completely cured my epilepsy’

In South Africa, epilepsy affects an estimated one out of every 100 people (Department of Health 2017 Fact Sheet citing WHO*). Neither genetic nor contagious, epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by unusual electrical activity in the brain, resulting in seizures.

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Make your festive braai a healthy event

Jandri Barnard, a registered dietician at Mediclinic Newcastle, offers ways to bump up the health quotient when you’re gathered around the flames.

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Who needs eardrum repair?

For many children who suffer from headaches, vertigo and tinnitus, tympanoplasty (eardrum repair) is music to the ears.

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It may be more than just your eyes

Some diabetes symptoms are common in modern lifestyles and are often ignored or misdiagnosed. So this November, Mediclinic wants you to take our free blood pressure and blood glucose tests.

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Are you at risk of diabetes?

Intermediate hyperglycaemia (impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance) is a ‘pre-diagnosis’ of diabetes. The good news is you can prevent Type 2 diabetes if you make considered lifestyle changes.

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Do you recognise the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that inhibits your body’s ability to properly regulate blood glucose levels. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) estimates that in 2011 there were 14.7 million adult diabetics in Africa, and that around 78% of diabetics remain undiagnosed. According to the IDF the greatest increase in diabetes is expected to be in Africa – where it is predicted that the incidence of diabetes in Africa will have almost doubled by 2030.

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Should you drink alcohol if you have diabetes?

If you’re living with diabetes, be sure to eat and plan ahead before you have a small sundowner, says a Mediclinic expert.

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Type 1 diabetes in children: what parents need to know

If your child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, you’re not alone – about one in 500 children worldwide end up with the disorder. Paediatric endocrinologist Dr David Segal tells us what we need to know.

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Different Strokes

This is a story about Cameron van der Burgh, but it’s not a story about an Olympic champion. It’s about a parent whose child was diagnosed with ADHD, and about a little boy who just needed to play.

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10 signs you may have breast cancer…

…and what you should do about it.

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