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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.

Events

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.

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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).

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Women’s health checklist

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

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
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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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Five exercises that keep you coming back

Any exercise is better than no exercise, says a biokineticist. But by spending only 22 minutes a day on exercise, you can transform your health – and it needn’t be a chore or cost you anything.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
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Mind over mattress?

We speak to a neurologist and biokineticist to weigh up the pros and cons of cutting pillow time to increase your activity levels.

Exercise

The role of resistance training in your workout

Life is a series of pushes and pulls, and that’s a good template for your exercise regime too.

Exercise

Is it healthy to be a ‘weekend warrior?’

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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Small changes, big gains

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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How to boost your metabolism

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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Regaining fitness after a sports injury

For sportspeople or those with very active lifestyles, injuries often come with the territory. While you may be longing to resume your fitness routine as quickly as possible, sports doctor Dr Jann Killops offers a medical perspective.

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How to stay active at work

If you are reading this, chances are you’re probably at work, taking a break at your desk before tackling the next task on your computer.

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How to get a good night’s sleep

We probably don’t need to tell you why a good night’s rest is so important. If you’ve ever gone without proper sleep for a few nights, you’ll know the effects: your mental and physical health suffers, leaving you feeling tired, cranky and unwell during your waking hours. We spoke to a Mediclinic physician and found out how you can catch some solid Zzzz’s.

Exercise

Move for health

The most important exercise move you can do is to get off the couch. But once you’re up, what’s the best way to get moving? We asked a Mediclinic sports doctor for some basic exercises designed for people who’ve never set foot in a gym before.

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Your annual checkup

As the world marks Health Awareness Month, we take a closer look at the long-term health benefits of regular preventative treatment options. It’s time you phoned your Mediclinic GP to schedule your annual checkup.

Exercise

The benefits of exercise

We know exercise is important to keep our bodies and minds healthy so we investigated to find out exactly how our bodies benefit from regular exercise.

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