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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.

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.

Echinacea proven to fight flu

New research by an international panel of researchers has shown, for the first time, the efficacy of echinacea purpurea against flu viruses, including the H1N1 strain.

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?

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.

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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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