Your weekly health news round-up
COVID-19: New Zealand prepares for next phase
The confirmation of the first case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country means New Zealand is moving into the next phase of the pandemic response, an Otago University professor says. Read more
Sleep key in reducing obesity risk
Getting an extra hour’s sleep a night can reduce the obesity risk of vulnerable pre-schoolers, a New Zealand study has found. Read more.
Free Epipen campaign extended
A campaign providing free Epipens to children in need has been extended for a limited time to include any person at risk of anaphylaxis. Read more.
The benefit of eating a big breakfast
Eating more at breakfast than at dinner could help prevent obesity and high blood sugar, according to a new study. Read more.
University student dies of meningococcal disease
A female University of Canterbury engineering student has died of meningococcal disease. Read more.
Needle exchange effective in reducing HIV rates
New research has found that New Zealand’s world-first needle exchange programme that started 30 years ago has helped avoid the high rates of HIV found overseas. Read more.