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How far does a sneeze really travel?

It's well-known that a sneeze can easily spread a cold or flu virus but new research has found that sneeze can easily cover an entire room and even make its way into ventilation ducts.

Could bananas cure the flu?

Research suggests that BanLec the substance found in bananas could in the near future ward off a number of viruses, including the flu.

Signs that your child has flu

Flu symptoms in children are often misdiagnosed - or even missed. Here's how to know if they have the flu, and what to do.

Surviving a summer cold

Most of us associate colds and flu with winter but catching a cold in summer when the weather is warm can be even more uncomfortable. This is what you should know.

Is it a cold or an allergy?

It's that time of year when a runny nose could be caused by either allergies or a cold - here's how to tell what's causing your symptoms.

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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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