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Causes of lymphoedema related to cancer and how it’s treated

Lymphoedema is an incurable but manageable condition that causes swelling, usually in the arms or legs. It develops when the lymphatic system – the network of channels and glands in the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid – is disrupted.

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How does a stroke affect the brain?

Cases of ischemic strokes are a fairly common occurrence, particularly in people over the age of fifty. Here’s what you need to know.

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Latest treatments for Parkinson’s disease

A degenerative brain condition, Parkinson’s Disease has no known cure. Yet there are numerous methods, both surgical and drug-based, that can effectively treat symptoms. The experts explain.

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Speech therapy after a stroke

After a stroke, it’s very common to experience communication problems. Known as aphasia, the condition can affect the ability to speak, read and write. A Mediclinic audiologist and speech therapist explains how it is treated.

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Prostate cancer: early diagnosis is essential

June is Men’s Health Month. We asked a Mediclinic urologist how prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • 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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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Your personal risk for pulmonary embolism

Though it doesn’t sound like a run-of-the-mill condition, pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases across the globe.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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New local discovery to prevent cardiac arrest in athletes

The recent discovery of the CDH2 gene that causes sudden cardiac arrest in young people and competitive athletes means a disease that was previously difficult to diagnose, often manifesting in sudden death, can now be screened for.

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World-class treatment for thyroid eye disease

We look at the world-class treatment options available in South Africa for thyroid eye disease.

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How fertility treatments have evolved

Fertility treatments have come a long way from folk and medicinal remedies in the 17th century to the first experimentation with artificial insemination in the mid-19th century. We look at the latest research.

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Innovation in breast-lift surgery provides long-term results

Award-winning reconstructive and plastic surgeon at Mediclinic, Dr Peet van Deventer, developed a unique permanent internal mesh system that has better results for cosmetic breast support in the long term.

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Staying ahead of epilepsy

Epilepsy is in fact a group of conditions better thought of collectively as the epilepsies, explains Dr James Butler, a neurologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg. Dr Butler stays at the forefront of the latest research and, together with a team of healthcare providers specialising in the epilepsies, ensures that patients receive the best care available.

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Better, faster hip replacement surgery

A less invasive procedure than traditional surgery is being used with great success for total hip replacements. It’s called Anterior Minimally Invasive Surgery (AMIS) and has the great benefit of faster recovery times.

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Free health screening at Mediclinic during Heart and Stroke Awareness Month

In support of Heart and Stroke Awareness Month this September, Mediclinic is offering free screenings at their hospitals and encouraging patients to get a little more active.

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Expert care for diverticular disease

For Elaine Wigglesworth, the ‘home from home’ treatment she received from doctors at Mediclinic Cape Town made all the difference in her recovery from diverticular disease. We asked her doctors about treatment and management of the condition.

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Managing rugby injuries

Emergency care on and off the rugby field is essential to the health and safety of players. Dr Jann Killops, sports doctor and manager of Mediclinic’s events department, gives an inside look at what’s involved.

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Cutting-edge technology: meet the da Vinci robot

The da Vinci Si HD robotic system was introduced at Mediclinic Durbanville to help with complex surgeries such as prostatectomies, using a minimally invasive approach. Mediclinic currently has four urologists who are accredited to use the system.

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In praise of nurses

They say time is a healer, but hospital patients’ recovery is also dependent on the care of committed nurses. Clinical psychologist Ilse Pauw of Mediclinic Cape Town highlights the critical needs of recuperating patients and the various roles nurses play to fulfil them.

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