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Melanoma: know the facts

We have a complicated relationship with a particularly powerful universal life-force: the sun. Understand it well, and it keeps us healthy and vibrant; abuse its power and its radiation can lead to a particularly pernicious form of skin cancer called melanoma.

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The real fountain of youth

New studies show that maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation are factors that add healthy years to your life. A GP weighs in on other ways to combat ageing and disease by making good daily choices.

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A balancing act

Considering their hectic schedules, it’s amazing that so many Mediclinic doctors and staff manage to find the time to pursue their own passions while keeping fit and healthy. We caught up with a team of doctors at Mediclinic Panorama who run together and get their take on maintaining a work-life balance.

Diabetes

Do you recognise the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that inhibits your body’s ability to properly regulate blood glucose levels. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) estimates that in 2011 there were 14.7 million adult diabetics in Africa, and that around 78% of diabetics remain undiagnosed. According to the IDF the greatest increase in diabetes is expected to be in Africa – where it is predicted that the incidence of diabetes in Africa will have almost doubled by 2030.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #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
  • 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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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).

DID YOU KNOW?

  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #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
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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.

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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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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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Less alcohol equals better health

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions. If one of yours is to give up alcohol, then good for you! Here’s why it’s the one resolution you really should stick to.

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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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