Conditions

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

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Group B strep and pregnancy

Found in 25% of healthy pregnant women, group B streptococcus – commonly known as group B strep (GBS) – is a bacterial infection that can spread to the baby during vaginal delivery. Mediclinic gynaecologists share some insights.

Cardiology

Best ways to keep your cholesterol in check

High cholesterol levels can cause heart disease but there are lifestyle changes you can make to keep your cholesterol under control.

Conditions

What is a sleep phase shift and what does it mean for teenagers?

A neurologist at Mediclinic explains why certain people may only fall asleep at 2am and how morning light exposure can help.

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Adult ADHD: No one-size-fits-all approach

A psychiatrist at Mediclinic Sandton explains that ADHD in adults can cause their lives to be chaotic, often resulting in a great deal of personal anguish. As such, an accurate diagnosis and choosing a treatment method that suits the patient’s needs is paramount.

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‘I beat cervical cancer’

Women are constantly reminded to go for regular pap smears, but may feel uncomfortable going for their check-ups. Norma Kiego put hers off because the results always came back normal and she had only ever had one partner. Then one day she started bleeding heavily and fainted at work.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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Antibiotics and treating UTIs in pregnancy

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a fairly common condition during pregnancy but, left untreated, can lead to complications. At the same time, not all antibiotics are safe during pregnancy. We look at treating UTIs safely in pregnancy.

Babies

Prenatal testing options for genetic abnormalities

Amniocentesis used to be the most common procedure to test for serious genetic birth defects, but nowadays there are other less invasive ways to test prenatally for genetic abnormalities.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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Conditions

Appendicitis, the most common abdominal emergency

Appendicitis is the most common abdominal emergency, accounting for thousands of hospital admissions across South Africa annually. Every individual has a 7% to 8% lifetime chance of developing the condition, the management and treatment of which remains surgery.

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Sexual rehabilitation after male-specific cancer

A Mediclinic urologist and a psychologist discuss some of the complexities of sexual rehabilitation after male-specific cancer.

Conditions

Progeroid syndromes

A rare genetic disorder that causes accelerated ageing in children affects a very small fraction of newborns – and South Africans are among them.

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Back to work during cancer treatment

While cancer treatment is different for everyone, a Mediclinic oncologist gives general advice on how to cope with work during cancer treatment.

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The artificial pancreas is closer than we think

The end goal for the treatment of type 1 diabetes – the artificial pancreas – is an integrated, automated system that calculates how much insulin the body needs and then delivers it – in real time.

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Uterine fibroids are very common

It’s estimated that 20-50% of women of reproductive age have uterine fibroids, which may range in size from as small as a pea to as big as a grapefruit. We look at the causes, symtoms and treatment of these mostly benign growths.

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A heads-up on headaches

We asked Dr Yaseen Yacoob, specialist neurologist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, about common causes and treatments of headaches – and how they’re classified.

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The future of cancer treatment

We speak to a Mediclinic oncology surgeon and an oncologist about the future of breast cancer treatments.

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‘Personality gene’ testing for targeted breast cancer treatment

Tests that analyse what can be called the ‘personality’ of the cancer are now changing the very nature and effectiveness of cancer treatment.

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Asthma: it can be controlled

Do you know enough about asthma? Find out with this infographic.

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A bruised knee does require treatment

A bruised knee will usually heal itself – but it can take a frustratingly long time. Here’s advice from a Mediclinic orthopaedic surgeon.

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