Monday briefs – 24 December 2018

Your weekly health news round-up from a variety of trusted sources

Rise in teen truancy linked to mental health issues, online gaming

More young people are skipping school or refusing to enrol at all because of mental health problems and excessive online gaming. Read more

Pharmac to fund hepatitis C treatment and haemophilia drug

Pharmac has announced funding for Maviret, a medication prescribed for people with hepatitis C and Hemlibra, used in the treatment of the blood disorder haemophilia. Read more

New trial offers hope against severe mood disorders

A four-year Canterbury study hopes to discover if the use of a combination of two therapies will improve symptoms in Kiwis diagnosed with mood disorders. One group will be treated with interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) with the other group receiving IPSRT together with cognitive remediation. Read more

Child poverty bill passes third reading in Parliament

A bill aiming to reduce child poverty by requiring the government to measure and report on child poverty in New Zealand has passed its third reading. Read more

Lab-grown kidneys move closer to reality

Kiwis scientists are about to embark on a three-year study to further investigate the use of kidney stem cells. The possibility of growing new kidneys in a lab would benefit people who are in kidney failure and waiting for a kidney transplant. Read more