Monday briefs – 18 February 2019

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

Surgical equipment not sterilised

Up to 55 patients in Hawke’s Bay may be at risk of blood-borne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C after surgical equipment wasn’t sterilised properly. Read more

Link between cannabis and depression

Smoking cannabis during adolescence has been linked to an increased risk of depression and suicidal behaviour in young adulthood. Read more

Junior doctors to strike again

Junior doctors will go on strike for a fourth time on Tuesday, 26 February for 48 hours. Read more

Pumped breast milk may trigger allergies

A new study has found breastfeeding mums who use pumps have more potentially disease-causing bacteria in their breast milk than those who don’t use pumps. Read more

Vitamin C powerful tool in cancer fight?

Overseas research suggests vitamin C could be effective in the fight against cancer and other infections. Read more