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Hepatitis: What you need to know

Hepatitis is an intricate group of diseases that affects the liver. Our expert explains more about the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

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A loving sister, a kidney transplant and a second chance

Jennifer Swanepoel, a mom to two young adults, had a packed work and social schedule when she was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease in July 2015 and soon required a kidney transplant. Her sister was her only hope.

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Foods that promote good sleep

A Mediclinic dietician explains how sleep and what we eat and drink are not necessarily separate concepts and gives dietary tips for a great night’s sleep.

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Speech therapy after a stroke

After a stroke, it’s very common to experience communication problems. Known as aphasia, the condition can affect the ability to speak, read and write. A Mediclinic audiologist and speech therapist explains how it is treated.

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Focusing on life’s blessings when living with lupus

When Dr Marlene Morkel was 32, she had everything. An intelligent and beautiful sportswear model with a strong nurturing side, she was halfway through specialising in paediatrics when she started experiencing strange symptoms.

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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • 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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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Healthy living

Easy ways to boost your immunity

From immune-boosting foods to preventative medicine and exercise, we speak to a GP specialising in family health and look at four easy ways to keep bugs at bay this winter.

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Looking at macular degeneration

The leading cause of vision loss, macular degeneration primarily affects people over the age of 50. While it can be treated, there’s no known cure.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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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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Prostate cancer: early diagnosis is essential

June is Men’s Health Month. We asked a Mediclinic urologist how prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated.

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Asthma: when it’s hard to breathe

With the medication available today, asthma is easily treated and you can lead a completely normal life. But asthma isn’t always diagnosed correctly.

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Your personal risk for pulmonary embolism

Though it doesn’t sound like a run-of-the-mill condition, pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases across the globe.

Healthy living

Five exercises that keep you coming back

Any exercise is better than no exercise, says a biokineticist. But by spending only 22 minutes a day on exercise, you can transform your health – and it needn’t be a chore or cost you anything.

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New local discovery to prevent cardiac arrest in athletes

The recent discovery of the CDH2 gene that causes sudden cardiac arrest in young people and competitive athletes means a disease that was previously difficult to diagnose, often manifesting in sudden death, can now be screened for.

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More than skin deep

Tanya Swiegers-Loots is a fine artist who works in a realistic style – which serves her very well in her amazingly lifelike 3D restorations of nipples and areolas. She was inspired to start her business from her own intimate experience with breast cancer.

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Concussions: don’t lose your head

Concussion is a very common, often under-diagnosed and previously misunderstood condition – and sport seems to be an important cause of it.

Healthy living

Mind over mattress?

We speak to a neurologist and biokineticist to weigh up the pros and cons of cutting pillow time to increase your activity levels.

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Shingles: an unwelcome encore

When Shakira Roberts went to her doctor with ‘insect bites’, to her surprise he diagnosed shingles, a condition she’d never heard of before.

Exercise

The role of resistance training in your workout

Life is a series of pushes and pulls, and that’s a good template for your exercise regime too.

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World-class treatment for thyroid eye disease

We look at the world-class treatment options available in South Africa for thyroid eye disease.

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