Monday briefs – 4 March 2019

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

People urged to get Hep C tests

Anyone who has shared needles through drug use or tattooing is being urged to get tested for Hepatitis C following Pharmac's decision to fund a new life-saving drug. Read more

Link between pollution and autism risk

Being exposed to high levels of fine particle pollution in the third trimester of a pregnancy doubles the risk of having a child with autism. Read more

Bowel screening kits sent to Rotorua/Taupo area

The first of 17,000 bowel screening kits have been sent out to people aged 60-74 in the Lakes District Health Board area. Read more

Greater recognition needed for rare disorders

The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders says greater recognition of rare disorders is needed by those who can help the 337,000 Kiwis affected by one. Read more

Funding boost for mental health

The Government has announced a $79 million boost in funding for new mental health facilities in Christchurch. Read more

Some common cough medicines now prescription or pharmacy-only

Reclassification of cough medicines means patients either need to get a prescription from their GP or have their details recorded by the pharmacist to buy many commonly used products. Read more