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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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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.

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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 prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • 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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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.

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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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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.

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