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Healthy Life

3 Things you need to protect yourself from sun damage

Dermatologist at Mediclinic Milnerton, Dr Karen Ordemann, tells you what to put on your list of protective summer gear, as well as the role UPF plays in protecting you from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Ophthalmologist at Mediclinic Durbanville Dr Burnet Meyer explains the role of UV protection and polarisation when it comes to choosing sunglasses.

Children up to 12

Don’t miss the signs of heat exhaustion in children

Heat exhaustion can be scary—and kids are at increased risk. Learn how to spot and prevent this common condition. 

Conditions

Holiday sleep disorders (and how to avoid them)

Good news: you’re heading off on a well-deserved holiday! Bad news: between jet lag, disrupted sleep and post-vacation blues, there’s a chance your time off might not provide you with the rest you need. Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, a specialist sleep neuropsychiatrist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, suggests some interventions to ensure you get the rest you need while you’re on vacation.

Healthy Life

What holiday binge-eating does to your body

The festive period is synonymous with holiday feasts and loosening your belt. We speak to gastroenterologist Dr Christian Jeske at Mediclinic Midstream to determine how much overindulging is ‘safe’ and when you should draw the line.

Conditions

Are there female-specific risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes is now the leading cause of female deaths in South Africa, according to figures from Statistics South Africa. With coronary heart disease established as the leading cause of death in people with diabetes, an endocrinologist at Mediclinic Worcester looks at the risk factors for diabetes that are exclusive to women.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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 the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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Conditions

Can your lifestyle lead to diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be treated when diagnosed early. If left untreated, warns Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can lead to kidney damage, heart disease and even stroke.

Conditions

Prediabetes: Should you be screened for it?

While prediabetes is not a health condition in itself, says Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can be a sign that you are on the way to developing type 2 diabetes.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • 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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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 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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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Conditions

Health considerations when travelling to a malaria area

Malaria continues to be a major killer worldwide, especially in Africa. It’s vital you take the necessary steps to protect you and your family when travelling to a malaria area.

Conditions

Pregnant and diabetic? What you need to know..

Two situations can occur: a woman with pre-existing diabetes wants to have a baby or, diabetes presents itself during the pregnancy of an otherwise healthy mother (this is referred to as gestational diabetes). Dr Andre Diedericks, an Ob-Gyn at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, explains these two situations.

Conditions

Take the time to #CheckWhatMatters this Diabetes Awareness Month

In South Africa, it is estimated that 3.85 million South Africans suffer from diabetes, with many remaining undiagnosed. The truth is we check our social media activity more than enough,

Expert Articles

7 Eye tests that look at more than just your vision

When you go to the optometrist because you’re having trouble seeing, a vision test is usually conducted. This test assesses how well you can see and your ability to discern objects. However, many eye conditions and diseases present no symptoms, so there’s a range of tests available to see what your eyes can’t. An ophthalmologist and an eye surgeon explain.

Cardiology

Why women might not know they’re having a heart attack

If you’re a woman, you might not experience the acute chest pain normally associated with a heart attack. “Getting immediate, appropriate care from your closest emergency room is the single

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Expert Articles

Birth control: contraception methods then and now

While today we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to contraception, the birth control pill only came to the market 58 years ago. We look back to see how far

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Conditions

Is there an age limit to get the HPV vaccine?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections responsible for more than 90% of cervical cancers in women and anal cancers in men and women.

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Babies

Your Body on Breastfeeding: health benefits for mom

Most mothers are aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for their baby but they don’t realise there are benefits for them too.

Conditions

How your depression meds affect your brain’s makeup

You may have heard that depression is caused by abnormal chemistry in the brain and that antidepressants work by altering the levels of these substances. But what does this mean? What is the chemistry behind depression?

Conditions

Are you having panic attacks?

If you’ve ever felt a sudden onset of extreme fear without reason– to the point where you feel you might be dying – you could be suffering from panic attacks.

Exercise

How much exercise you need to add years to your life

Exercise can help add years to your life, and life to your years, by partially counteracting the effects of ageing on your body.

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