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Don’t ignore these unusual signs of potentially serious conditions

Fatty deposits around your eyes? Skin discolouration? Pale nails? Here are a few symptoms you should get checked out – even if they seem insignificant. Many symptoms have been linked

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How to live longer, according to a GP

We all know we should drink more water, exercise and eat better if we want a long and healthy life. A GP shares his tips on how to live longer.

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Orthorexia: Can clean eating be bad for you?

If you have orthorexia it means you take ‘clean’ eating a little too far. Berna Harmse, a clinical dietician practicing at Mediclinic Panorama, explains further. “Orthorexia is a pathological fixation

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Life-shortening effects of loneliness

Mental illness is one side effect of loneliness, but so is a greater risk of poor physical health and premature death. Professor Edward (Eddie) Wolff, a clinical psychologist practising at

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Is your skin covered?

You may think you’ve got things covered – but skin protection is about more than just slapping on a bit of sunscreen.  Don’t turn the page, we’re talking to you.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • 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 world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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Babies

The science and significance of sleep

Getting your newborn or toddler to sleep through the night is a goal for all new parents, but there’s much more to sleep than an unbroken night’s rest. On a

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Why is hand hygiene so important?

Homes, offices and even cars can be comfortable places for bacterial growth. The good news: regular handwashing remains your best defence against infection.  “The science is clear: washing your hands

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #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
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #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
Children up to 12

4 Simple activities that aid toddler development

Four key areas of early childhood development, and the simple activities that will keep your toddler on track.

Exercise

How to (really) exercise during pregnancy

What exercise is safe and what is not? How much is too much? These are all questions posed by many pregnant women wanting to stay active without harming their unborn child. Experts say not only is exercise during pregnancy, wise, but it should also form a big part of your child-bearing journey.

gynaecology

Why new moms have to consider contraception differently

You’ve just become a mother and your whole world has begun to revolve around your new bundle of joy. While another baby might be the last thing on your mind (it might be the first) it could be on your radar if you haven’t had a post-partum discussion with your gynaecologist a

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Not all calories are created equal

Counting calories is the go-to method for anyone interested in losing weight, but science tells us that not all calories are created equal. It is the quality, and not the quantity, that counts when you’re weighing up your food options. And not just for weight loss, but for optimal energy and bodily function, too.

Conditions

Why you need to learn to manage your stress

According to the SA Profmed stress index, more people took time off from work in 2017 due to stress-related illness than in previous years. Dr Una Geldenhuys, a GP at Mediclinic Newcastle, weighs in on how stress impacts your health and offers ways to manage it.

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3 Things you need to protect yourself from sun damage

Dermatologist at Mediclinic Milnerton, Dr Karen Ordemann, tells you what to put on your list of protective summer gear, as well as the role UPF plays in protecting you from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Ophthalmologist at Mediclinic Durbanville Dr Burnet Meyer explains the role of UV protection and polarisation when it comes to choosing sunglasses.

Conditions

Holiday sleep disorders (and how to avoid them)

Good news: you’re heading off on a well-deserved holiday! Bad news: between jet lag, disrupted sleep and post-vacation blues, there’s a chance your time off might not provide you with the rest you need. Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, a specialist sleep neuropsychiatrist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, suggests some interventions to ensure you get the rest you need while you’re on vacation.

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What holiday binge-eating does to your body

The festive period is synonymous with holiday feasts and loosening your belt. We speak to gastroenterologist Dr Christian Jeske at Mediclinic Midstream to determine how much overindulging is ‘safe’ and when you should draw the line.

Conditions

Can your lifestyle lead to diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be treated when diagnosed early. If left untreated, warns Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can lead to kidney damage, heart disease and even stroke.

Conditions

Prediabetes: Should you be screened for it?

While prediabetes is not a health condition in itself, says Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can be a sign that you are on the way to developing type 2 diabetes.

Conditions

Health considerations when travelling to a malaria area

Malaria continues to be a major killer worldwide, especially in Africa. It’s vital you take the necessary steps to protect you and your family when travelling to a malaria area.

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