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Hand hygiene: 5 things dirtier than your toilet seat

Germs and bacteria lie in wait in some unexpected places. Here’s how to find and eliminate them before they sneak up on you with our tips on effective general and hand hygiene.

Baby Neave: youngest person in Africa to receive cochlear implant
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Baby Neave: youngest in Africa to receive cochlear implant

Neave Barrett was born deaf. Today she is a talking, singing, bouncing, hearing toddler.

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Wonder woman Magda Wierzycka’s battle with rheumatoid arthritis

Magda Wierzycka has overcome many obstacles, including a serious medical condition, to reach the top.

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Could your child have haemophilia?

When a person is injured and a blood vessel is damaged, blood platelets rush to the area to stem the bleeding. They release chemicals that activate a series of proteins, or clotting factors, which form a clot, eventually forming another protein, fibrin, to develop the mesh that will help the area heal. But  children with haemophilia aren’t so lucky.

Cardiology

Charissa Worthmann: competitive gymnast despite arrhythmia diagnosis

Charissa Worthmann has become a competitive gymnast, despite living with arrhythmia – a congenital heart condition characterised by an irregular heart rate.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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10 reasons to get outdoors

Throw off that duvet. Skip the series binge. These 10 pieces of new research prove that getting active and outdoors this summer is your path to optimal health.

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Running for her life

On 19 November 2017, Nolene Conrad ran the Valencia Marathon in Spain in a time of 2:35:19 – smashing her personal best by 12 minutes. That’s a top 10 finish in an IAAF Gold Label race, and the fastest time by any South African female athlete this year. It is also a Western Province record.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • 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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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Man of steel

Matthew Trautman was in his element as he cycled towards Franschhoek on a sunny Saturday morning in January 2017. As one of the top professional triathletes in the world, Matt prefers to train alone. “I’m happy with my own company,” he says. “That definitely helps with all those hours of training on your own.”

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6 habits of highly healthy people

The secret behind health resolutions that actually last? They’re realistic.

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I thought skin cancer was a white person’s disease

When motivational speaker and actress Naniki Seboni ignored a small mole on her knee, she had no idea how serious the outcome would be.

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Crack the newborn code 

Crying, wriggling, sighing and turning – sometimes it takes all your detective skills to figure out what your baby’s trying to tell you. This body language guide deciphers common signals.

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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.

Cardiology

Simple changes for better heart health

These and other simple lifestyle changes could help your budget, keep you calm – and, more importantly, protect your heart health in the long term.

Conditions

Technology treating diabetes

New tech makes life a whole lot easier for these people living with diabetes. Their devices could save your life – now, and in the future.

Healthy Life

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.

Healthy Life

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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