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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...
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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...
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To breast or not to breast?

This article was updated September 2020 If you ask any healthcare practitioner these days whether babies should be breastfed or not, the answer will be...
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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...
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Sun, sea & safety

There is no better holiday than a beach holiday for keeping children entertained. Hours of playing in the sand, building castles, wading through waves...
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Constantly exhausted: is it mom fatigue or something more serious?

Do you feel tired all the time? Fatigue is a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness, a lack of energy and can be physical,...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...