Colds and flu


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.

Keep colds at bay while travelling

One in five airline passengers catches a cold within a week of flying, according to new research by the American Medical Association.

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.

US child dies from cold-like virus

A US outbreak of Enterovirus D68, that presents similar to the common cold, has claimed it's first victim, a four year old boy from New Jersey.

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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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