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Could you skip chemo?

A new test is helping doctors understand the “personality” of breast cancer better – leading to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment.

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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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Don’t sweet the small stuff: Diabetic-friendly dinners

Vanessa Marx is an award winning South African born chef with diverse international experience. Here she shares a delicious exotic chicken recipe. Look out for other diabetic-friendly recipes by Vanessa in the Spring issue of the Mediclinic Family magazine. 

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Running Man: An Unlikely Stroke

A stroke can come out of nowhere and happen to anyone. Just ask super fit ultra-runner AJ Calitz – or, to get the full story, ask his wife.

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“I had a gastric bypass and I’ve never been happier”

An irreversible operation to reduce the size of her stomach saw Tanya Bornman lose 68kg. But that didn’t mean an easy ride.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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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.

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Man in the Mirror

Losing 20kg not only changed ProVerb’s body, but also his outlook on life. Here he shares his transformational journey and recipe for success.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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 hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • 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 install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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How to bargain with your kids: and win

Every parent has found themselves at a crossroads – caught in a battle of wills with a stubborn child. How can parents navigate these testy waters without resorting to short-term solutions?

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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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The scrum of his life

Joost van der Westhuizen’s performance in the number 9 jersey was legendary, but his battle against motor neuron disease made him a true hero. Here’s the story behind the condition.

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Daddy DJ

Parenthood can be a crazy, beautiful rollercoaster of emotions. For energetic radio and TV host Ryan O’Connor and his wife Karen, their journey to realising their dream family has been more turbulent than most.

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Look again – Transorbital surgery innovation

With a groundbreaking new technique, certain brain tumours can now be removed through the eye socket, radically speeding up recovery. These two women experienced it.

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Beauty spot or cancer?

Is that mark on your skin just a mole or could it be a melanoma? We take a closer look at this potentially dangerous form of cancer.

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Looking after our eyesight

It’s normal for our eyes to change over time but it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to vision.

Children up to 12

5 lunchboxes for the week

Packing food for picky eaters to take to school can be tricky. But mix a bit of forward planning with a smart grocery list and you have the ingredients for a good lunch.

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Impossible made possible

South African ultra-endurance cyclist Grant Lottering has proven time and again that he can climb every mountain. Even after a near-fatal accident.

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‘I had a stroke at 19’

When Bianca Damon suffered a stroke in March 2015, at the age of only 19, she had no idea what was happening to her.

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Living with allergies

Allergies have been around since ancient times. They have changed surprisingly little over thousands of years and continue to affect millions of lives.

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