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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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Easy ways to move more

Looking for the get-up-and-go inspiration you need to live a longer, healthier life? These 10 tips offer a great place to start.

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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.

Dermatology

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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 expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • 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.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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.

Healthy Life

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.

Children up to 12

Looking forward to a bright future

Until it struck her baby boy, Mpilo, cancer was a completely foreign concept to actress, TV presenter and entrepreneur Phumeza Mdabe.

Dermatology

Fact or fiction: acne

Acne affects an estimated 9,4% of the global population. It is most common in teens, especially males, but can occur at any life stage. Mediclinic Cape Town dermatologist Dr Dilshaad

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Never give up

Beloved former Springbok rugby star Chester Williams knows a thing or two about dealing with setbacks. After a playing career dogged by injuries, he reinvented himself as a coach. We

Children up to 12

Hand hygiene for kids

Healthy habits are best learnt when you’re young. One of the most important, life-saving habits you’ll ever learn is how to wash your hands properly, keeping you safe from germs. A Mediclinic paediatrician talks us through the why, when and how of keeping your hands clean.

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Dermatology

A scar is born

Scars are a part of life, and each one is a souvenir of your body’s adventures – but the science behind how scars form is a story all on its

Children up to 12

The great bed-sharing debate

Some swear by it, others wouldn’t dream of it. Sharing a bed with the baby or kids has long been a contentious issue. Paediatricians and parents weigh in on the

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Red alert

A full blood count test can alert your doctor to a number of issues. We find out what it entails. Few bodily functions elicit as much emotion – or poetry

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