Common Ailments
Rugby: sidestep the risks

Rugby: sidestep the risks

They’re warriors and their war is rugby. How can you let your child experience the joy of playing rugby while protecting him from life-threatening injuries? We’re talking about human battering rams, powerfully crashing into one another in scrums, and flattening the guy with the ball in tackles. Every moment of the game counts, as does […]

Self-help for post-nasal drip

Self-help for post-nasal drip

Your hacking cough may be caused by a post-nasal drip. Fed up? Try these self-help tips. A post-nasal drip during winter can cause much discomfort. Most cases are caused by viruses and clear up by themselves, but what can you do about that nagging sensation in the back of your throat? We look at simple […]

Make 2015 a flu-free year

Make 2015 a flu-free year

Winter is here, which means it’s time to wrap up warmly and do your best to keep flu bugs at bay. We’re all susceptible to the coughs and sneezes of winter, but many people face a double blow when it comes to flu viruses. Some of us have compromised immune systems (which makes it harder […]

7 dangerous flu myths

7 dangerous flu myths

Many misconceptions about the influenza virus and flu vaccine persist, despite massive education campaigns worldwide. We take a look at a few dangerous flu myths. Myth: Flu is no more than a nuisance, much like common cold that cannot be prevented. Fact: Flu is a severe and sometimes life-threatening disease that causes 250,000-500,000 deaths worldwide annually. […]

Make the most of winter

Make the most of winter

It’s dark when you go to work; it’s dark when you come home. And then, of course, there’s the cold. Yes, winter certainly has its downside, but it’s also nature’s hibernation (and consolidation) season. Here’s a five-step checklist on using winter wisely. 1. Your home The filing cabinet is so stuffed you couldn’t stow another […]

Of belly bugs and social itches

Of belly bugs and social itches

Traveling soon? Steer clear of nasty germs and pests – and make this the trip of a lifetime. So you’re off on a whirlwind trip – two days each in Angola, Uganda, Malawi and Kenya, followed by four days in Amsterdam, two in Brussels and two in London. Your passport will look like a four-seasons […]

Your heater can kill you

Your heater can kill you

Australians may enjoy milder winters than people living in the Northern Hemisphere, but many of us still have heating devices in our homes. This can range from air conditioning units, to gas heaters, to bar heaters, to open wood fires and wood heaters. All forms of heaters may serve to lessen the bite of the winter cold, […]