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Don’t underestimate a concussion

Whether it’s the result of a blow to the head, bad fall or hard tackle, a concussion is an invisible injury. But if the sufferer isn’t given time to recover, they could experience long-term consequences.

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Why is my vision worsening?

As you age, it’s natural for your vision to deteriorate. Thanks to modern medicine, there is usually a treatment option for your condition. An eye specialist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg explains more.

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Can you get epilepsy from a tapeworm?

Eating raw or undercooked pork is highly risky for your health, not only because of the likelihood of bacteria in the meat, but also for the chance of picking up tapeworm.

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Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

If you’ve experienced a traumatic event – and are now having nightmares and hypervigilance – you could be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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 place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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Are you at risk of diabetes?

Intermediate hyperglycaemia (impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance) is a ‘pre-diagnosis’ of diabetes. The good news is you can prevent Type 2 diabetes if you make considered lifestyle changes.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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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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The low down on meningitis

Meningitis is an illness caused by the inflammation of the meninges, the three membranes that line the brain and spinal cord. The condition occurs when fluid surrounding the meninges becomes infected.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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