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Healthy living

A balancing act

Considering their hectic schedules, it’s amazing that so many Mediclinic doctors and staff manage to find the time to pursue their own passions while keeping fit and healthy. We caught up with a team of doctors at Mediclinic Panorama who run together and get their take on maintaining a work-life balance.

Conditions

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

If you’ve experienced a traumatic event – and are now having nightmares and hypervigilance – you could be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Patient safety is fundamental to Mediclinic’s promise

Patient safety is one of Mediclinic’s core values, but what does it mean for you as a patient?

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‘Brain surgery completely cured my epilepsy’

In South Africa, epilepsy affects an estimated one out of every 100 people (Department of Health 2017 Fact Sheet citing WHO*). Neither genetic nor contagious, epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by unusual electrical activity in the brain, resulting in seizures.

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Are you at risk of diabetes?

Intermediate hyperglycaemia (impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance) is a ‘pre-diagnosis’ of diabetes. The good news is you can prevent Type 2 diabetes if you make considered lifestyle changes.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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Diabetes

Do you recognise the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that inhibits your body’s ability to properly regulate blood glucose levels. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) estimates that in 2011 there were 14.7 million adult diabetics in Africa, and that around 78% of diabetics remain undiagnosed. According to the IDF the greatest increase in diabetes is expected to be in Africa – where it is predicted that the incidence of diabetes in Africa will have almost doubled by 2030.

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How old are you really?

You may have noticed that people who exercise often, get plenty of sleep, and don’t smoke or drink generally look better, live longer and seem to have plenty of energy. Here’s some of the science behind this.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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‘A suspected episode of lead poisoning left me temporarily paralysed’

After losing the use of her legs, a battery of tests, and chelation therapy that made her hair fall out, Lienkie Diedericks was finally declared free from lead poisoning. But what caused her condition? The answer, like the diagnosis, was not a simple one.  

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Breaking down breast cancer

Breast cancer sufferers are avoiding unnecessary chemotherapy through transcriptional profiling that examines the genetic make-up of their cancer.

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Causes of lymphoedema related to cancer and how it’s treated

Lymphoedema is an incurable but manageable condition that causes swelling, usually in the arms or legs. It develops when the lymphatic system – the network of channels and glands in the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid – is disrupted.

Healthy living

Is the morning-after pill bad for your health?

In most cases, no. But although it’s deemed safe, an emergency contraception pill shouldn’t be used in place of more sustainable contraceptive methods, experts say.

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A runner with a big heart

In the beginning of September 2017, Lesego Sepeng ran an average of 35km a day between six Mediclinic hospitals to raise awareness of heart disease in South Africa. This is his story.

Healthy Life

How does a stroke affect the brain?

Cases of ischemic strokes are a fairly common occurrence, particularly in people over the age of fifty. Here’s what you need to know.

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‘I fell pregnant on my first round of IVF treatment’

Two Namibian women who had been trying to conceive for over five years sought help from Mediclinic Windhoek’s new IVF clinic. Both fell pregnant on the same day in June 2017 during their first round of IVF treatment, which also happened to be the clinic’s first round of treatments. They share their stories with us.

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Beating leukaemia twice

Simone Van Kraayenburg had her whole life planned out at 20, and was well into her gap year in England when she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). After her first stem cell transplant in 2010, she relapsed and then had to enter the uncharted waters of having a second unrelated stem cell transplant.

Healthy living

Heart-rate training: A guide to working out in the zone

Tracking your heart rate is one of the safest, most effective ways to look after your health and fitness (as long as it is done correctly or in some cases under medical supervision).

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Sensitive teeth? Here’s how to cope

Dr Charles Middleton, a dentist from Mediclinic Kimberley, gives advice on how to deal with the pain of sensitive teeth.

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The low down on meningitis

Meningitis is an illness caused by the inflammation of the meninges, the three membranes that line the brain and spinal cord. The condition occurs when fluid surrounding the meninges becomes infected.

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