Conditions

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

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GORD: More than indigestion

Posted on 20 March 2017

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease isn’t just heartburn or bad indigestion. We asked a Mediclinic gastroenterologist to explain exactly what this disease is.

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Ringworm: what you need to know

Posted on 20 March 2017

We look at this common fungal skin infection and how to treat it.

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Shingles: an unwelcome encore

Posted on 19 March 2017

When Shakira Roberts went to her doctor with ‘insect bites’, to her surprise he diagnosed shingles, a condition she’d never heard of before.

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World-class treatment for thyroid eye disease

Posted on 16 March 2017

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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 install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • 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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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Impetigo: the most common skin infection at school

Posted on 14 March 2017

School and daycares are great for socialising, learning and play, but one of the drawbacks is that infections are quickly passed around. We look at one of the most common skin infections in children: impetigo.

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Blurred lines? What you need to know about cataracts

Posted on 6 March 2017

Cataracts is a correctable condition, easily remedied with a routine procedure. An ophthalmologist explains.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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  • 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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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Ongoing medical research into multiple sclerosis

Posted on 6 March 2017

Multiple sclerosis has perplexed medical experts for decades, but scientific breakthroughs using stem-cell treatment may mark the winds of change in the treatment of the disease, presenting what look to be more positive, potentially long-term results.

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What is surfer’s ear?

Posted on 2 March 2017

When writer and surfer Brad Roberts sought treatment for a rare condition, he discovered that he was in danger of sustaining hearing loss from surfer’s ear.

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‘All I could think of was getting to the finish’

Posted on 1 March 2017

An abnormally high heart rate is dangerous no matter who you are. Elite mountain bike racer Jennie Stenerhag suffered an abnormal heart rhythm while competing in the 2016 Absa Cape Epic. This is her story.

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Glaucoma: The silent stealer of vision

Posted on 16 February 2017

Glaucoma is an eye condition where the pressure inside the eye is too high. Over time, the sustained high pressure damages the optic nerve fibres. Here’s what you need to know.

Children up to 12 0

Does your child need spectacles?

Posted on 15 February 2017

A 2003 study concluded that 3% of children up to the age of 13 suffer from some sort of eyesight limitation, increasing threefold by their mid-teens. Could your child be one of them?

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When to worry about knee pain

Posted on 15 February 2017

Zandi Nkosi suffered a throbbing pain in her right knee for months but tried to shrug it off. This is why she should have worried about her knee pain.

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How fertility treatments have evolved

Posted on 10 February 2017

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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‘The Mediclinic event team is the reason I’m still alive’

Posted on 9 February 2017

As Sean Hanekom approached the end of Stage 3 of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic, he felt a sharp pain on his arm. It was a bee sting, which for most riders would have been no more than a minor irritation. For Sean, however, it was something far more serious.

Babies 0

Peanut allergies in children

Posted on 8 February 2017

Generally, children younger than five years old should steer clear of nuts because they pose a choking hazard, but nuts – and peanuts in particular – can pose a real danger for those with allergies, especially when ingested unknowingly as pastes, butters or oils concealed in other foods.

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Ear infections and antibiotics

Posted on 6 February 2017

We speak to a GP about the causes and treatment of ear infections in children – and when antibiotics are necessary.

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Insomnia in children

Posted on 6 February 2017

A GP explains it’s the lack of sleep-encouraging behaviour, rather than an underlying disease, that usually causes insomnia in children. The good news? Knowing this makes it easier to treat.

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Exercise and asthma

Posted on 3 February 2017

Exercise is a common trigger for asthma symptoms, but asthma shouldn’t be a reason to avoid exercise. Proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan can help asthma sufferers enjoy the many benefits of appropriate exercise.

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Anxiety disorders vs anxiety attacks or stress

Posted on 2 February 2017

A clinical psychologist explains the difference between anxiety disorders and attacks as well as anxiety attacks and stress.

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The facts on carpal tunnel syndrome

Posted on 19 January 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming increasingly common in today’s digital age. A Mediclinic orthopaedic surgeon explains the causes and treatment of this condition.

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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.

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