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Dr Lana Marcus, general practitioner

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Coronavirus… what you need to know

In December 2019, there were rumblings in the medical community of a new strain of virus infecting people in China. Within a month, coronavirus...
Antibiotic pills and capsules flying around

What are antibiotics, how do they work & when do we use them?

Imagine you were alive 100 years ago. A simple papercut could turn into septicaemia and cost you your hand or your life. An STD...

To breast or not to breast?

If you ask any healthcare practitioner these days whether babies should be breastfed or not, the answer will be an unequivocal “yes!” The idea...

What you should know about colds & flu this winter

After weeks of wondering if the cold weather was ever going to appear and chase us out of our sandals and T-shirts, winter is...

Sun, sea & safety

It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of 2019 is almost over and it’s holiday time again! For many, that means loading up...

Fatigue: Life on the run or a sign of something more serious?

Fatigue is a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness and can be physical, mental or a combination of both. It can affect anyone, and...

Born too soon: A personal account

It is fairly impossible to write a generalised medical article about prematurity. Every prem baby has a different story, a different path and a...

What’s all the fuss about gastro?

As I write this, we have just survived both boys having had gastroenteritis in close succession. Sleep deprivation – something I thought had disappeared...

Malaria prevention

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito, which feeds on humans....

Becoming little women

From the moment we hold that precious bundle of new life in our arms, we cannot begin to imagine the whirlwind of growing up...