Colds and flu


Flu jab linked to rare sleep disorder

After the 2009 swine flu pandemic, researchers noticed a startling rise in cases of narcolepsy, a rare sleep disorder. Could one of the vaccines be to blame?

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.

Uber taxis bring flu shots to your home

If you’ve ever used the Uber taxi service, you’re probably a fan. It’s super easy to use. Now, in the US, they have introduced UberHEALTH, that delivers flu shots and wellness packs to your home.

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.

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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