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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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 corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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Dealing with irritable bowel syndrome

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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Managing PCOS, a syndrome on the increase

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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Sun protection products: which are best?

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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Diabetes: a growing problem

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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How to manage atopic eczema

Atopic eczema is a genetic condition which causes a broken skin barrier and is further triggered by certain allergens. Here is expert advice on the symptoms, causes and how to treat it.

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8 tips for caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Jaco Cilliers, a neurologist at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, gives advice for caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

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The new science of hip and knee replacements

Orthopaedic surgery has come a long way. Hip or knee replacement operations are no longer a case of deep cuts, invasive surgery and long recovery times. Mediclinic Potchefstroom orthopaedic surgeon Dr Hannes Jonker talks us through the new technology in use today.

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Reduce your risk of prostate cancer

Developing prostate cancer is a real concern for many men as they age – but there are lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk, says Dr Conray Moolman, a urologist at Constantiaberg Mediclinic.

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How it works: the eye

You can see this text on your screen, right? Ever wondered how that happens? Here’s a look at how your eyes work – with a special focus on its lenses.

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A heads-up on haemophilia

Although haemophilia is quite a rare condition, it’s perhaps the best-known bleeding disorder. The South African Haemophilia Foundation defines it as an inherited lifelong bleeding disorder that affects mostly males,

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We answer your FAQs about shingles

Shingles is a viral infection that results in a painful rash. We put your answers some frequently asked questions to Dr Lawrence Archer, a GP and supporting doctor at Mediclinic Newcastle.

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