Monday briefs – 18 March 2019

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

Measles spreads to Dunedin

A university student and person in their 30s in Dunedin have contracted measles, adding to the growing number of people around the country infected with the disease. Read more.

Q & A with measles expert

Massey University's Professor David Hayman answers some common questions about measles in the wake of the increasing number of people becoming infected. Read more.

Women in mentally tiring jobs at increased risk of diabetes

Women who work in mentally tiring jobs, such as teaching, have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research shows. Read more.

Pregnancy protein could treat age-related disorders

A protein found in pregnant women's blood could be used to treat age-related disorders such as Alzheimer's, heart disease and arthritis. Read more.

Inactive ingredients in medicines may trigger reactions

Researchers have discovered certain inactive ingredients in many medications may trigger allergic reactions or digestive problems in some people. Read more

Smoking in pregnancy risks short, obese daughters

Women whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are more likely in later life to be short and obese, according to new research. Read more.