Conditions

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

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Orthopaedics 0

Physiotherapist undergoes career-saving arthroscopic surgery

Posted on 6 January 2017

When an old wrist injury came back to haunt physiotherapist Elané de Beer eight years after the fact, she was unable to perform the hands-on, strenuous physical therapy her job entailed. Dr Adriaan Smit, Orthopod at Mediclinic Durbanville, prescribed arthroscopic ligament repair.

Healthy living 0

Less alcohol equals better health

Posted on 6 January 2017

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.

Dermatology 0

Beauty spot or cancer?

Posted on 5 January 2017

Is that mark on your skin just a mole or could it be a melanoma? We take a closer look at this potentially dangerous form of cancer.

Children up to 12 0

‘Cutting out junk food improved my son’s ADHD’

Posted on 19 December 2016

Brandy Massam found that changing her son’s diet improved his school performance and behaviour almost immediately.

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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in 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.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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Common childhood illnesses in adults

Posted on 19 December 2016

Young children, with immune systems that are still developing, are more susceptible to viral infections like chickenpox, mumps and measles. But Pathcare virologist, Inéz Rossouw, says adults with weakened immune systems are also vulnerable and at greater risk of complications.

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Kidney stones:
who is at risk?

Posted on 19 December 2016

A Mediclinic urologist explains how lifestyle choices in South Africa are causing a higher incidence of kidney stones in children – and who else is at risk.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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 has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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Can your body heal
after smoking?

Posted on 18 December 2016

Need a reason to quit smoking? A Mediclinic pulmonologist explains how long it takes to recover.

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How to prevent airplane, sea and travel sickness

Posted on 5 December 2016

While holiday and travel are two terms that go hand in hand, the less pleasant occurrence of travel sickness can rear its head. Be it land, sea or air travel, nausea or headaches are often experienced while in transit. Here are expert tips on dealing with travel sickness.

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Glucose intolerance and insulin-related conditions

Posted on 30 November 2016

We asked Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes, about insulin-related conditions other than diabetes and how to spot them. The umbrella term for these conditions is glucose intolerance, meaning your body does not tolerate glucose well.

Cardiology 0

The lowdown on low blood pressure

Posted on 24 November 2016

If you were born with blood pressure on the low side, that’s good news – but there are still a few things worth knowing about this condition.

Cardiology 0

Prevent blood clots when you travel

Posted on 15 November 2016

There’s nothing quite as exciting as a holiday, especially if you’re going abroad, but with long-haul travel comes the risk of blood clots, particularly in the elderly. We chat to Dr Gavin Angel, a cardiologist at Mediclinic Morningside, about recognising and managing the risks.

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Staying ahead of epilepsy

Posted on 31 October 2016

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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Diabetes: a growing problem

Posted on 31 October 2016

The incidence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise, says Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes. It is also striking people earlier on in their lives as they lead sedentary lifestyles and follow diets laden with starch. But there are ways that we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.

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How dialysis does the kidneys’ job

Posted on 28 October 2016

This infographic looks at the different types of dialysis treatment and explores how dialysis does the kidney’s job.

Babies 0

Late bloomers: when to worry

Posted on 28 October 2016

How can you tell if your child is a late bloomer and whether you should be concerned about a possible medical problem?

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Hypothyroidism can be treated: get tested

Posted on 20 October 2016

Have you gained weight and feel tired all the time? Do you seem to feel the cold more than most and do you feel down a lot of the time? If you answer yes to all or some of these questions, you may have hypothyroidism, which means your thyroid gland is underactive.

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Eating to ease arthritis

Posted on 17 October 2016

There is no known cure or prevention for arthritis, but some sufferers swear by eating or avoiding certain foods. Rheumatologist Dr Sinisa Stankovic of Mediclinic Sandton offers a medical perspective.

Healthy Life 0

Back to basics: the spinal column

Posted on 16 October 2016

The spinal column is comprised of 33 individual bones that work together to support your body and protect the otherwise vulnerable spinal cord from injury. We go back to basics in this spinal column infographic.

Healthy Life 0

How screening mammograms save lives

Posted on 13 October 2016

We are constantly reminded of the importance of early detection in combatting breast cancer. Radiographers explain what you need to know about potentially life-saving screening mammography.

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A mental health reality check

Posted on 12 October 2016

Dr Karen Vukovic a psychiatrist at Mediclinic Sandton says mental health illnesses are on the rise because of increasingly stressful lifestyles. Learn more.

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Migraines and when to seek help

Posted on 7 October 2016

Dr Zaheer Sacoor, a neurologist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, helps us understand the difference between a headache and a migraine, and when to seek medical help.

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