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Aaron Lipschitz: The boy who can’t eat

When he was two-and-a-half years old, Aaron Lipschitz was diagnosed with an incredibly rare genetic mutation. One year later he has a chance at a new life. Like so many

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Wayde Van Niekerk: Preemie on the podium

Wayde van Niekerk is now a world record-holder, global sprint sensation and home-grown hero. But before all of that, he was a tiny baby, wrapped in cotton wool, who weighed

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Skip straight to dessert

All the best fruits are made in autumn. Apples and pears, berries and plums … these seasonal desserts are filled with flavour.

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Can a genetic defect cause your immune system to malfunction?

Suffering from unexplained chronic infections? A Specialist Rheumatologist explains that defective genes can disrupt a person’s immune system causing them to be prone to chronic and serious infections. The goods news? There’s already an array of effective treatment options.

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The big 5 cancers in men

The best way to minimise your cancer risk is also the easiest: get proactive. Start here.

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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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Chronic kidney disease: Are you at risk?

Our kidneys are great at getting rid of the junk we eat. If you’re not helping them, they could turn into a ticking time bomb.

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Concussion: more than just a bump on the head

After your head is hurt in a rugby tackle or fender bender, you may look and feel fine. But that doesn’t mean you should try to walk it off: concussion is a serious condition that affects your whole brain and can cause long-term damage.

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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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 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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From paralysed to completing the Dakar Rally

Joey Evans had a dream: to complete the infamous Dakar Rally on a motorbike. And nothing – not even an accident that left him paralysed from the chest down – would stop him from making it a reality.

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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
Babies

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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History of cataract surgery

Physicians used to suction, bash or push the cloudy lens from a patient’s eye. Thankfully, today cataract surgery is a little more evolved.

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