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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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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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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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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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How to manage atopic eczema

Posted on 3 October 2016

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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Treating adult ADHD/ADD

Posted on 5 September 2016

It’s not only children who have ADHD/ADD. Mediclinic Welkom clinical psychologist Thato Taka describes some of the challenges faced by adults with the condition.

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8 tips for caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Posted on 1 August 2016

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

Posted on 1 July 2016

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

Posted on 23 June 2016

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

Posted on 26 April 2016

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

Posted on 18 April 2016

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

Posted on 11 November 2015

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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