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  1. Tiny mutation makes plants less resistant to stressful conditions

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Feb 2017 at 1410 AEDT / 1610 NZDT

    Plant Physiology

    2017-02-24 14:10. Scientists from The University of Western Australia have identified a tiny genetic mutation in plants that can influence how well they recover from stressful conditions, and ultimately impact their survival. Environment / Climate / Read more about Tiny mutation makes plants less resistant to stressful conditions - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    David Stacey
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 3229
    Position:
    UWA Media and Public Relations Manager
    Email:
    david.stacey@uwa.edu.au
  2. Rare bacterial infection a threat to heart patients

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Feb 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Infection, Disease & Health

    2017-02-24 12:00. A Queensland infectious diseases expert has warned more open heart surgery patients are likely to be diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection stemming from contaminated heater-cooler units. Health / Medical. Registered journalists Read more about Rare bacterial infection a threat to heart patients - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    This research came out overnight, attached is our media release - Dr Paul Griffin will be available today for interview (call Bernadette O'Connor 0431 533 209 to arrange) on February 24th (Will be unavailable from 1pm- 3pm Brisbane time).

    Name:
    Bernadette O'connor
    Phone:
    +61 431 533 209
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    bernadette.oconnor@uq.edu.au
  3. Adding vitamin C to crops helps plants and people

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Feb 2017 at 1100 AEDT / 1300 NZDT

    Current Opinion in Biotechnology

    2017-02-24 11:00. Enhancing plants with vitamin C could improve both human and crop health, according to New Zealand researchers. Because most major commodity crops have low levels of vitamin C, the researchers want to take a leaf out of certain Read more about Adding vitamin C to crops helps plants and people - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Richard Macknight
    Phone:
    +64 3 479 5149
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    richard.macknight@otago.ac.nz
  4. Deep brain stimulation could help treat anorexia

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Feb 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    The Lancet Psychiatry

    2017-02-24 10:30. Deep brain stimulation might alter the brain circuits that drive anorexia symptoms, and help improve patients’mental and physical health, according to a small North American study. Researchers implanted electrodes to stimulate Read more about Deep brain stimulation could help treat anorexia - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Toronto, Canada, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Alexa Giorgi
    Phone:
    +1 416 603 5800 (ext 6776)
    Position:
    Senior Public Affairs Advisor
    Email:
    Alexa.Giorgi@uhn.ca
  5. Study shows the safety of flu vaccine during pregnancy

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Feb 2017 at 0930 AEDT / 1130 NZDT

    Vaccine

    2017-02-24 09:30. An Australia-wide study published in the international journal Vaccine has provided reassuring evidence on the safety of influenza vaccination during pregnancy. Led by Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies), the collaborative Read more about Study shows the safety of flu vaccine during pregnancy - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; NTMenzies School of Health Research
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Lisa McHugh is available for interview today

    Name:
    Claire Addinsall
    Phone:
    +61 8 89468680
    Position:
    Communications manager
    Email:
    communications@menzies.edu.au
  6. Your brain cells pick a favourite parent

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Feb 2017 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Neuron

    2017-02-24 04:00. Your individual brain cells don't use the genes they inherit from both your mum and dad equally, but silence one parent's genes, favouring the other, say US scientists. They looked at gene activity in the brain cells of rodents, Read more about Your brain cells pick a favourite parent - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Utah, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Image available.

    Name:
    Christopher Gregg
    Phone:
    +1 801 581 8212
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    chris.gregg@neuro.utah.edu
  7. Neanderthal DNA can still change your genes

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Feb 2017 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Cell

    2017-02-24 04:00. It's been 50, 000 years since the last Human-Neanderthal mating, but left over Neanderthal DNA sequences still influence certain genes, according to new research from the US. Neanderthal DNA seems to be least active in the brain Read more about Neanderthal DNA can still change your genes - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Washington, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Joshua Akey
    Phone:
    +1 206 543 7254
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    akeyj@uw.edu
  8. Is back pain killing us?

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Feb 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    European Journal of Pain

    2017-02-24 00:01. The 600, 000 older Australians who suffer from back pain have a 13 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause, University of Sydney research has found. “Our study found that, compared to those without spinal pain (back and Read more about Is back pain killing us? - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Kobi Print
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    kobi.print@sydney.edu.au
  9. Overweight teen girls who feel thinner have lower blood pressure as adults

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 1530 AEDT / 1730 NZDT

    Journal of Adolescent Health

    2017-02-23 15:30. Overweight and obese adolescent girls who believe their weight is normal go on to have lower blood pressure later in life than those who are aware they're overweight, according to US scientists who studied the records of 2, 463 Read more about Overweight teen girls who feel thinner have lower blood pressure as adults - Scimex

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Emily Unger
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Emily_Unger2@hms.harvard.edu
  10. New study finds overfishing of sharks may have already impacted our coral reefs

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 1530 AEDT / 1730 NZDT

    Marine Ecology Progress Series

    2017-02-23 15:30. A study by marine biologists at The University of Western Australia has found that fishing by Indonesian shark hunters may have resulted in changes to fish communities on a major reef off Western Australia’ s North-West coast. Read more about New study finds overfishing of sharks may have already impacted our coral reefs - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    david.stacey@uwa.edu.au
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 3229
    Position:
    Media and PR Manager
    Email:
    david.stacey@uwa.edu.au
  11. Barcode scanner microscope films neurons firing

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 1119 AEDT / 1319 NZDT

    Journal of Biophotonics

    2017-02-23 11:19. Engineers at The Australian National University have built an advanced microscope using barcode laser scanner technology that can film moving blood cells and neurons firing in living animals. Tech / Engineering / Space. Registered Read more about Barcode scanner microscope films neurons firing - Scimex

    Australia; ACTThe Australian National University
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Will Wright
    Phone:
    +61 2 6125 7979
    Position:
    Senior Media Communications Officer
    Email:
    media@anu.edu.au
  12. Smart kids just say yes to drugs, but no to ciggies

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    BMJ Open

    2017-02-23 10:30. UK researchers who studied more than 6, 000 kids found a link between high academic ability during tweenage years and experimenting with alcohol and cannabis. However, these kids were also less likely to start smoking cigarettes. Read more about Smart kids just say yes to drugs, but no to ciggies - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Dr James Williams
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    james.williams.12@ucl.ac.uk
  13. Inflammatory disease trigger revealed

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 0930 AEDT / 1130 NZDT

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    2017-02-23 09:30. Institute scientists have revealed a potent inflammatory molecule released by dying cells triggers inflammation during necroptosis, a recently described form of cell death linked to inflammatory disease. The discovery could lead to Read more about Inflammatory disease trigger revealed - Scimex

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Media team
    Email:
    communityrelations@wehi.edu.au
  14. New test to speed up solutions to motor neuron disease

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 0800 AEDT / 1000 NZDT

    Neurology

    2017-02-23 08:00. A cutting-edge test developed in South Australia has the potential to expedite the worldwide quest to develop better treatments, or even a cure, for motor neuron disease (MND). The new urine test, under further development at Read more about New test to speed up solutions to motor neuron disease - Scimex

    Australia; SAFlinders University
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Mary-Louise Rogers
    Phone:
    +61 8 8204 5320
    Position:
    Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Neuroscience, School of Medicine
    Email:
    mary-louise.rogers@flinders.edu.au
  15. Sister solar system found orbiting star

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-02-23 05:00. Seven Earth-sized planets have been found orbiting a distant star, according to an international study. The researchers first found three planets circling a star 39 light years away, and found another four after deciding to study Read more about Sister solar system found orbiting star - Scimex

    InternationalUniversité de Liège, Belgium
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Michaël Gillon
    Phone:
    +32 4366 97 43
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    michael.gillon@ulg.ac.be
  16. A simple way to predict an ice age's big melt

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-02-23 05:00. UK scientists have developed a simple rule that can predict the end of ice ages and the beginning of the warmer interglacial periods over the past million years. The rule doesn't rely on knowing climate or atmospheric data, but Read more about A simple way to predict an ice age's big melt - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity College London, United Kingdom
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian and New Zealand newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts

    Name:
    Chronis Tzedakis
    Phone:
    +44 207 6790 500
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    p.c.tzedakis@ucl.ac.uk
  17. New Nanoparticle Discovery to Aid Super-Resolution Imaging

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-02-23 05:00. Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), Macquarie University, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Peking University and Shanghai Jiao-tong University have made a breakthrough in the Read more about New Nanoparticle Discovery to Aid Super-Resolution Imaging - Scimex

    Australia; NSWARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics|University of Technology Sydney (UTS)|Macquarie University
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Researchers are available for interview.

    Name:
    Professor Jim Piper
    Position:
    Co Lead Author
    Email:
    jim.piper@mq.edu.au
  18. Itch neurons help manage extreme pain

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Neuron

    2017-02-23 04:00. There are neurons in your skin specially designed to sense itchy things, but your spinal cord neurons transmit both pain and itch signals to your brain. This is why we often experience pain and intense itchiness at the same time Read more about Itch neurons help manage extreme pain - Scimex

    InternationalJohns Hopkins University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Xinzhong Dong
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Xdong2@jhmi.edu
  19. Not gaining enough weight during pregnancy may be linked to schizophrenia in kids

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    JAMA Psychiatry

    2017-02-23 03:00. Women who don't gain sufficient weight during pregnancy may be more likely to have kids who go on to develop schizophrenia spectrum disorders - also known as nonaffective psychosis - later in life, according to Swedish scientists. Read more about Not gaining enough weight during pregnancy may be linked to schizophrenia in kids - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us. Australian newspapers have permission from the journal to run this story in print on the day the embargo lifts, with the strict proviso that nothing can appear online until after the embargo lifts.

    Name:
    Renee M. Gardner
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    renee.gardner@ki.se
  20. Komodo dragon blood vs superbugs

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Feb 2017 at 0100 AEDT / 0300 NZDT

    Journal of Proteome Research

    2017-02-23 01:00. It may sound like something from Game of Thrones, but harnessing the blood of dragons to beat deadly diseases could soon become reality, according to US scientists. They found new compounds in the blood of Komodo dragons that help Read more about Komodo dragon blood vs superbugs - Scimex

    InternationalGeorge Mason University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Barney Bishop
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    bbishop1@gmu.edu