Conditions

This extensive section details everyday conditions and medical procedures from cardiology to diabetes to speech therapy.

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Conditions

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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How do stress and insomnia affect your body?

Stress is a complex concept – here’s how to prevent it from overwhelming you – and how to ensure you get enough rest.

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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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Disc regenerative therapy for lower back pain

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most prevalent causes of lower back pain. In short, this condition presents with pain and a general weakness or numbness in the area, which stems from a degenerated spinal disc – and although it may be related to the ageing process, it can affect anyone at any stage of life. We speak to a spinal expert on treatment options.

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Breast-reduction surgery

Disproportionately large breasts can mean more than struggling to find clothes that fit: they can cause back and neck pain, make it difficult to take part in physical activities and have a detrimental effect on a woman’s self-image. If you’re considering breast-reduction surgery – a reduction mammaplasty – here’s what you need to know.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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Cardiology

What is minimally invasive heart surgery?

Dealing with the fallout of heart disease and wondering what your surgery options are? In minimally invasive heart surgery, surgeons perform surgery through smaller incisions in your breastbone or chest, as an alternative to open-heart surgery. Dr Leonard du Preez, a cardiothoracic surgeon practising at Mediclinic Panorama, explains what this surgery option entails.

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Swollen limbs, could it be lipoedema?

A chronic condition, lipoedema is caused by an abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs, thighs and buttocks, and sometimes in the arms. An oncologist and an endocrinologist, both practicising at Mediclinic hospitals, explain how this condition is diagnosed and treated.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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Kidney diseases: why they’re so common

Kidney disease is a common cause of hospitalisation. We look at the different types of kidney disease – such as chronic kidney disease – and what the risk factors and treatment options are.

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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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Listeriosis: what you need to know

According to a recent statement from Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, an outbreak of food-borne listeria bacteria had claimed a number of lives and infected hundreds more in South Africa. For those concerned about this relatively unknown disease we have provided some information to assist in making good food choices.

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Is excessive sweating a medical problem?

It’s not life-threatening but being constantly drenched in perspiration can cause extreme embarrassment and painful skin conditions. It could also be a sign of an underlying medical problem.

Cardiology

The future – and challenges – of cardiovascular imaging

Just 50 years ago, the only scientific tools doctors had to diagnose cardiovascular conditions were the stethoscope and a simple electrocardiogram. Medical technology has advanced at a rapid pace over the last few decades, speeding up diagnosis, treatment methods and outcomes for patients.

Gastroenterology

What is a faecal occult blood test?

Has your doctor recommended you have a faecal occult blood test to see if there’s blood in your stools? This test is used to diagnose bleeding disorders in your gut, including screening for early colon cancer. Get the lowdown here.

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Plantar warts, an HPV infection common in the feet

They might be slightly irritating and painful but the good news is plantar warts are relatively harmless. There are, however, steps you can take to eradicate them.

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How safe is your grey water?

Increases in infectious diseases can be a direct result of droughts. As we head into a more severe water crisis in the Western Cape and outlying areas, we consider the safety concerns of using grey water.

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Skin cancer: why spots may be worse than moles

A new study* shows that 70% of melanoma cases originate from new spots that appear on the skin, rather than moles that become irregular – and catching them early is your best chance of beating this fast-growing and life-threatening skin cancer.

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Who needs eardrum repair?

For many children who suffer from headaches, vertigo and tinnitus, tympanoplasty (eardrum repair) is music to the ears.

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Diabetic retinopathy: technology improves screening to save lives

Medical advancements – including fundus cameras and artificial intelligence – offer hope for patients who may otherwise lose their sight (or even their lives) to diabetes.

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