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First Aid

FAQs: How to treat burns

If you burn yourself, Dr Philip Nel, general surgeon at Mediclinic Kloof, says it’s vital to ‘ensure that the environment is safe for you and the patient before attending to

Gastroenterology

Are your gut bacteria making you sick? [infographic]

Your gut bacteria play a role in more bodily functions than you might imagine. How do you know if your gut – or microbiome – is making you sick? And

Cardiology

How to promote good cholesterol (and lower the bad)

‘Cholesterol is a difficult subject,’ says Dr Karlien Bezuidenhout, a GP at Mediclinic Hoogland. ‘For instance, while high total cholesterol is often associated with obesity, some overweight people have low

Healthy Life

5 Blood disorders that aren’t haemophilia

Various blood disorders exist, such disorders affect different components of your blood. You may be aware of more common conditions like anaemia, haemophilia or leukaemia. Here, we look at some

Cardiology

How to prevent a heart attack – according to science

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) ranks as the number one cause of death worldwide. More specifically, coronary heart disease (CHD), which includes heart attacks, affects South Africans at an alarming rate of

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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Endocrinology

Hormone imbalance happens to men, too

Hormone imbalance is not a female-specific phenomenon. Many hormonal imbalances are caused by external factors, such as stress, trauma, viral infections or hormone medications. However, hormonal imbalances can also be

Cancer

Don’t ignore these unusual signs of potentially serious conditions

Fatty deposits around your eyes? Skin discolouration? Pale nails? Here are a few symptoms you should get checked out – even if they seem insignificant. Many symptoms have been linked

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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Neurology

Different kinds of migraines and what they mean

More than one in seven people suffer migraines, which are considered the third most common health condition in the world. Painful and debilitating, they often lead to absenteeism, anxiety and

Healthy Life

How to live longer, according to a GP

We all know we should drink more water, exercise and eat better if we want a long and healthy life. A GP shares his tips on how to live longer.

Healthy Life

Orthorexia: Can clean eating be bad for you?

If you have orthorexia it means you take ‘clean’ eating a little too far. Berna Harmse, a clinical dietician practicing at Mediclinic Panorama, explains further. “Orthorexia is a pathological fixation

Children (1 to 12 years)

Good dog: Meet Honey – the diabetes dog trained to save her master’s life

Duncan and Honey could be any other boy and his dog, playing on the beach. But she also accompanies him to school, sleepovers, even the movies “Oh wow, it’s a

Cancer

Essential health screenings for women

Health screenings for women become more important as you age, not less. Here’s how to pre-empt potential medical problems with a proactive approach PAP SMEAR ▶ To test for human

Cancer

What happened next: melanoma

In 2005, Melissa Taylor was told she had melanoma – and that it was so advanced, there was next to no hope of survival. This is the remarkable story of

Cancer

What happened next: skin cancer

A married mom of two shares how being diagnosed with advanced skin cancer during both her pregnancies taught her to view challenges as opportunities to grow When An Bakkes talks

Diabetes

What is syndrome x?

Metabolic syndrome, also ominously referred to as Syndrome X, is an umbrella of risk factors that can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. We take a closer look at

Children (1 to 12 years)

A different life: Living with cystic fibrosis

When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease, Nicole Capper first wanted to hide away from the world. Then she decided to fight back.  TATUM WAS BORN AT A

Magazine

How does inflammation work?

Acute inflammation is a lifesaver: a necessary physiological response that helps you heal. But chronic inflammation is a pervasive cause of poor health and disease that can reduce the ability

Prime

Can you avoid forming kidney stones?

Your kidneys work hard to filter waste from your blood, creating urine that contains calcium, phosphate, oxalate, and uric acid. Usually, these substances are very diluted so they easily flow out when you urinate. But if your urine becomes concentrated (because you are dehydrated, for instance), these mineral and salts can bind together to form a kidney stone. 

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