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Cold weather can actually cause colds, study finds

We all remember rolling our eyes as our mothers warned, "Stay out of the cold or you'll get sick", but new study backs up the old wives' tale by showing a correlation between cooler temperatures and the growth of cold-causing rhinoviruses.

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.

Self-help for post-nasal drip

A post nasal drip during winter can cause much discomfort. Most cases are caused by viruses and clear up by themselves, but what can you do about that nagging sensation in the back of your throat? We look at simple ways to clear your throat.

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.

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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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