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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.

Conditions

Could the pain in your pelvis affect your fertility?

Endometriosis – when the tissue that lines your womb is found elsewhere in your body – is a common gynaecologicial disorder that’s associated with fertility problems.

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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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‘I try my best to say no to sugar’

Cat Anderson cut refined sugar out of her diet ten years ago. She has never looked back.

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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.

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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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 prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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).

Conditions

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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Latest treatments for Parkinson’s disease

A degenerative brain condition, Parkinson’s Disease has no known cure. Yet there are numerous methods, both surgical and drug-based, that can effectively treat symptoms. The experts explain.

Healthy living

Women’s health checklist

Our expert runs through the 5 health checks that women of all ages should keep top of mind.

Conditions

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.

Healthy living

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.

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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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