Colds and flu


MERS may be transported through the air

Recent reports suggest higher risk of MERS among people working with camels and studies are needed to determine if the disease can be transmitted through the air.

Some flu meds affect chronic medications

Patients suffering from chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease should think twice about the type of over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu medication they choose, warns Pharma Dynamics.

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.

See if there's flu near you

It's mostly when kids or colleagues get the sniffles that we know the flu season is upon us. Technology is changing that as we speak, and by keeping an eye on digital disease trackers, you can be forewarned and set up defences.

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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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