Colds and flu

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Steer clear of cold medicine for babies

Most children do not need medicines if they have a cold. In fact, over-the-counter cold and flu medication can have serious side effects in children under the age of two.

Avoiding the killer flu

With the flu season upon us, experts warn that the world may be on the brink of yet another killer pandemic.

Seven flu myths

These seven flu myths regularly do the rounds. Make sure you don't fall for any of them.

Why colds can cause asthma attacks

Scientists have discovered a molecule that may play a significant role in the effect that colds may have on people suffering from asthma.

Flu: let your body fight back

It’s tempting to think that there’s a pill or a potion for everything, but the best defence against a virus like influenza is still a strong immune system; CyberDoc advises on flu.

How does flu spread?

An infected person sheds mucus from their nose and throat and the virus is aerosolised by speaking, sneezing and coughing.

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Flu expert

Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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