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Test: It may be more than just your eyes

Some diabetes symptoms are common in modern lifestyles and are often ignored or misdiagnosed. So this November, Mediclinic wants you to take our free blood pressure and blood glucose tests.

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JOIN OUR PREGNANCY EDUCATION SESSIONS & LEARN THE FACTS

TRUTH OR TALE? Dying your hair while pregnant can be harmful for your baby. IT’S A TALE: Research indicates that the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent dyes are

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 3

When expecting, you can tell the gender of the baby by the height at which you carry. ANSWER: Tale When it comes to guessing the sex of an unborn baby,

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TRUTH OR TALE NO.2

If you have heartburn during pregnancy, your newborn will have a full head of hair. ANSWER: Truth While this claim my sound like nothing but an old wives’ tale, there

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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. Cholesterol is an essential fatty substance produced by the

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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 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 make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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How does a stroke affect the brain?

The human brain influences most of our day-to-day activities, both directly and indirectly. And while its optimal function is paramount to healthy living, the danger of an ischemic stroke is

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Five myths about heart and stroke medication

When a patient feels fully rehabilitated after a heart attack or stroke, they may be tempted to stop their medication. A stroke specialist at Mediclinic gives five reasons why this

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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Conditions

Does your child need spectacles?

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

Exercise

How to avoid common mountain biking injuries

Whether you’re a Cape Epic cross-country rider or a downhill extremist, if you’re out on your mountain bike you could run the risk of a range of injuries. Here’s a

Conditions

When to worry about knee pain

Zandi Nkosi suffered a throbbing pain in her right knee for months. After being misdiagnosed and given medical advice that could potentially have led to a shattered kneecap, she sought

Expert Articles

Glaucoma: The silent stealer of vision

This eye condition can lead to blindness and frequently presents no symptoms, which is why early detection through regular screenings is vital. Glaucoma is an eye condition where the pressure

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Menopause: True or False?

If you’re a hot, sweaty, irritable, insomniac female between the ages of 40 and 70, it’s likely you’re experiencing menopause. We asked Dr Martin Puzey, a gynaecologist at Mediclinic Cape Town, to answer true or false on some of the myths about this often over-complicated stage of life.

Orthopaedics

Simple steps to healthy feet

High heels, flat soles, pointy toes… Those new shoes look great on you, but are they also damaging your feet? A Mediclinic podiatrist separates the facts from the fiction.

Exercise

How should I run?

If you’ve never run before, how do you get started? What is the right way – heel first, toe first? How do I find the right shoes? What is the right way to run?

Dermatology

Soothe that sunburn

Sunburn usually takes us by surprise. Somewhere between swimming and spending the day outdoors we realise that our sun-blushed skin is turning a scary shade of red and we are filled with stinging regret.

Diabetes

Delicious recipes to help lower your risk of diabetes

During Diabetes Awareness Month in November 2015, we ran a competition, asking you to select three magnesium-rich ingredients from our list of 12. Four entrants then had their ingredients turned into a delicious recipe by Abigail Donnelly and the overall winner’s recipe was featured on Expresso. Here are those recipes for you to download and try.

Exercise

What is your hamstring?

If it’s soccer or rugby season, you’ll hear about sportsmen suffering from hamstring injuries. But what are those mystery muscles, and how can you strengthen and protect your own?

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Life’s a beach

During the hot summer months it’s tempting to spend all day lazing around the pool or at the beach. Keep these practical tips in mind and avoid a nasty sunburn or heatstroke. Make sure you apply sunblock frequently and keep your body hydrated. When swimming, always have a buddy to keep an eye on you in case you find yourself in trouble – children must always be supervised around water.

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