Healthy Life

From exercises to recipes and how to deal with an emergency, this section gives advice on how you and your family can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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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

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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

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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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 corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • 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.
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5 smart tips to improve concentration

Some people concentrate more easily than others. But if you – or your child – struggle to concentrate, you can learn a few strategies to improve your focus.   It’s true that

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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.

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?

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.

Children up to 12

Preparing your child for preschool

Sending your little one to preschool for the first time is a major change, both for parents and their children. Here’s how to make sure you’re all prepared.

Emergency

Emergency 101

There are many conditions that aren’t serious but can also be considered emergencies. You should visit an emergency centre if a medical or surgical condition exits that will deteriorate if it’s not treated. Here are some to take note of.

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The transition to high school

Helping your child cope with the changes that come with starting high school can be challenging. We look at possible problems and suggest some ways to help your kids handle the primary to high school shift.

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Filter out

Your kidneys have a huge job to do – every day they filter about 190 litres of blood. Here’s how to keep them healthy, what the signs of kidney disease are and more about what they do.

Expert Articles

Food for thought

Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s physical or mental health. Here are some other types you may not be aware of.

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