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Shingles: an unwelcome encore

Posted on 19 March 2017

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

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The role of resistance training in your workout

Posted on 16 March 2017

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

Posted on 16 March 2017

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

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‘We thought the back pain was only flu’

Posted on 13 March 2017

When 15-year-old Grey College learner Declan O’Connor experienced terrible back pain, he had no idea he was suffering from a serious kidney infection. His mother Lesley, who was four hours away, rushed to his side at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. They share their story.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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 hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • 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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Glaucoma: The silent stealer of vision

Posted on 16 February 2017

Glaucoma is an eye condition where the pressure inside the eye is too high. Over time, the sustained high pressure damages the optic nerve fibres. Here’s what you need to know.

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How fertility treatments have evolved

Posted on 10 February 2017

Fertility treatments have come a long way from folk and medicinal remedies in the 17th century to the first experimentation with artificial insemination in the mid-19th century. We look at the latest research.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • 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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‘The Mediclinic event team is the reason I’m still alive’

Posted on 9 February 2017

As Sean Hanekom approached the end of Stage 3 of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic, he felt a sharp pain on his arm. It was a bee sting, which for most riders would have been no more than a minor irritation. For Sean, however, it was something far more serious.

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Is it healthy to be a ‘weekend warrior?’

Posted on 8 February 2017

Between work and family responsibilities, many people simply don’t have the time to exercise during the week. But sports specialists caution ‘weekend warriors’ about the value of consistency.

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Dealing with irritable bowel syndrome

Posted on 8 February 2017

IBS affects 10-15% of the global population, and while about two in three sufferers are women, it occurs in people of all ages, even children. Symptoms include stomach pain, bloating and excessive gas, affecting family, work life and general wellbeing.

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Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Posted on 6 January 2017

As the official medical service provider for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Mediclinic has expanded the health screening questionnaire that forms part of the race registration process. Race doctor Jann Killops answers questions about the questionnaire and explains what the information is used for.

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Physiotherapist undergoes career-saving arthroscopic surgery

Posted on 6 January 2017

When an old wrist injury came back to haunt physiotherapist Elané de Beer eight years after the fact, she was unable to perform the hands-on, strenuous physical therapy her job entailed. Dr Adriaan Smit, Orthopod at Mediclinic Durbanville, prescribed arthroscopic ligament repair.

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Managing PCOS, a syndrome on the increase

Posted on 6 January 2017

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is becoming more common in South Africa and globally, affecting as many as one in 10 women. Women are experiencing irregular periods, sub-fertility and miscarriage, excess facial hair and fatigue, weight gain and abdominal pain – to name a few PCOS symptoms.

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Less alcohol equals better health

Posted on 6 January 2017

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions. If one of yours is to give up alcohol, then good for you! Here’s why it’s the one resolution you really should stick to.

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Small changes, big gains

Posted on 2 December 2016

It’s hard to modify your lifestyle. The solution is to make small changes that are attainable. Collectively they’ll add up to major gains over time. A Mediclinic family doctor has tips and advice to make switches that stick.

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Innovation in breast-lift surgery provides long-term results

Posted on 2 December 2016

Award-winning reconstructive and plastic surgeon at Mediclinic, Dr Peet van Deventer, developed a unique permanent internal mesh system that has better results for cosmetic breast support in the long term.

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‘My brain tumour made me bold’

Posted on 2 December 2016

When Debbie Hedenskog received the news that she had a brain tumour, she took a moment… and then decided to put her game face on. She applied her make-up and got on with it. This is her story.

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Sun protection products: which are best?

Posted on 2 December 2016

Do you know which products offer the best sun protection? Mediclinic plastic surgeon, Dr Arnold Douglas, helps us compare the available options – sunsuits, swimming costumes, sunscreens and more.

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‘Sudden vertigo left me desperate for help’

Posted on 31 October 2016

When Ami Kapilevich woke up dizzy one morning, he didn’t think much of it. But when the dizziness persisted, it made him fear the worst. It turned out to be benign positional paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV). He shares his story with us.

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How to boost your metabolism

Posted on 31 October 2016

Everybody’s metabolism differs – but there are ways to speed up yours to regulate your energy levels and weight better. A dietician at Mediclinic gives her metabolism-boosting tips.

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Staying ahead of epilepsy

Posted on 31 October 2016

Epilepsy is in fact a group of conditions better thought of collectively as the epilepsies, explains Dr James Butler, a neurologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg. Dr Butler stays at the forefront of the latest research and, together with a team of healthcare providers specialising in the epilepsies, ensures that patients receive the best care available.

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Diabetes: a growing problem

Posted on 31 October 2016

The incidence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise, says Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes. It is also striking people earlier on in their lives as they lead sedentary lifestyles and follow diets laden with starch. But there are ways that we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.

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