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Find an effective cough remedy here with the latest information and advice on cough medicine. Learn about the different types of cough syrup available for cough related illnesses including mucolytics, bronchodilators and expectorants.

Do cough mixtures really work?

While cough medication is usually the first thing we reach for when a cough starts, experts say that cough mixtures only treat the symptoms but not the underlying cause.

The most abused over-the-counter drug in SA

Codeine, which is used in Broncleer cough syrup and said to be the most abused over-the-counter drug in South Africa, should be used with caution, says Health24 resident doctor, Dr Owen Wiese.

A parent's guide to coughs

No mom enjoys hearing her child cough. Here is a guide to deciphering and treating the most common types of cough symptoms in young children.

10 dodgy cough remedy ads from the olden days

It is amazing what doctors prescribed for people's cough in days gone by. From morphine to heroin, root beer and marijuana, we take a look at cough remedy ads that were dubious, at best.

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Professor Keertan Dheda has received several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others. Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute.

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