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  1. A life changing journey for an adolescent with autism

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 1521 AEST / 1721 NZST

    2017-07-21 15:21. Looking at the positive change for an adolescent boy with autism and his family while travelling through Africa has been the focus of a Griffith University research study. Now the focus of an ABC documentary to be aired this Monday Read more about A life changing journey for an adolescent with autism - Scimex

    Australia; QLDGriffith University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Louise Durack
    Phone:
    +61 7 5552 8517
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    l.durack@griffith.edu.au
  2. C-section more likely following weight gain in pregnancy

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 1201 AEST / 1401 NZST

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-07-21 12:01. Women who gain a lot of weight while pregnant are more likely to require a caesarean delivery, especially if their first baby was delivered by caesarean, according to a New Zealand study. Caesarean rates are high in Australia and Read more about C-section more likely following weight gain in pregnancy - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    University of Auckland author available for comment

    Name:
    Michelle Wise
    Phone:
    +64 9 923 9488
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    m.wise@auckland.ac.nz
  3. Spacecumbers: coming soon to a space salad near you

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 1100 AEST / 1300 NZST

    New Phytologist

    2017-07-21 11:00. Japanese scientists have grown cucumbers on the International Space Station to improve our understanding of how gravity affects plants' roots. They found that root growth was mostly dominated by the search for water sources in Read more about Spacecumbers: coming soon to a space salad near you - Scimex

    InternationalTohoku University, Japan
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Hideyuki Takahashi
    Phone:
    +81 22 217 5714
    Position:
    Study Author
    Email:
    hideyuki@ige.tohoku.ac.jp
  4. A soft drink with your burger may pile on the pounds in more ways than one

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    BMC Nutrition

    2017-07-21 10:00. Bad news if you like a soft drink with your burger; a drink with your meal not only ups the calories, but a new US study suggests it may also change the way your body metabolises food, potentially causing you to store more fat. Read more about A soft drink with your burger may pile on the pounds in more ways than one - Scimex

    InternationalUSDA Agricultural Research Service, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Independent expert comments are available from the UK Science Media Centre.

    Name:
    Shanon Casperson
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    shanon.casperson@ars.usda.gov
  5. Hidden lives of bioluminescent fish may shed new light on neuroscience

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 0801 AEST / 1001 NZST

    2017-07-21 08:01. Flashlight fish hide away in deep coral crevasses and have bioluminescent organs on their cheeks that give off bright, bluish light. In Indonesia, researchers are documenting the behaviour of the elusive fish, which come towards Read more about Hidden lives of bioluminescent fish may shed new light on neuroscience - Scimex

    InternationalLuminocean Marine Education
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Videos and images available

    Name:
    Mareike Huhn
    Phone:
    +62 812 864 941 55
    Position:
    Scientific Coordinator
    Email:
    mareike@luminocean.com
  6. Engineering a cooler Earth

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Science

    2017-07-21 04:00. Ideas to combat climate change by hacking Earth's climate to make it cooler - 'geoengineering' - have been around for decades. Proponents suggest putting physical barriers in the outer atmosphere to reflect the sun or using Read more about Engineering a cooler Earth - Scimex

    InternationalPaper 1: ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Paper 2: Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany; National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Two perspective articles (not research papers) and an editorial. All are open access.

    Name:
    Ulrike Lohmann
    Phone:
    +41 7 8889 3886
    Position:
    Paper 1 author
    Email:
    ulrike.lohmann@env.ethz.ch
  7. Resistance could stop 'gene drives' in their tracks

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Genetics

    2017-07-21 04:00. A powerful new tool in the scientific toolbox - the ability to rapidly drive genetic changes through natural populations - might not be as effective as scientists hoped, according to US research. In Australia, 'gene drives' have Read more about Resistance could stop 'gene drives' in their tracks - Scimex

    InternationalCornell University, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    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:
    Philipp Messer
    Phone:
    +1 607 255 3984
    Position:
    Study Author
    Email:
    messer@cornell.edu
  8. Menopause: a great excuse to dump the kids at grandma's

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Computational Biology

    2017-07-21 04:00. Great news for parents who need a babysitter this weekend; French scientists used computer models of human populations to add weight to the argument that menopause exists because grandmothers have a greater chance of passing on Read more about Menopause: a great excuse to dump the kids at grandma's - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Montpellier, France; PSL Research University, France
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    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:
    Carla Aimé
    Phone:
    +33 674 906 360
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mme.carla.aime@gmail.com
  9. Cash for carbon: paying landowners to delay deforestation is worth it

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Science

    2017-07-21 04:00. Directly paying locals in developing countries not to cut down trees is cheaper than the carbon-related costs from deforestation, according to research by an international team in Uganda. Curbing deforestation in low-income Read more about Cash for carbon: paying landowners to delay deforestation is worth it - Scimex

    InternationalNorthwestern University, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper is open access and available on the Science website.

    Name:
    Seema Jayachandran
    Phone:
    +1 415 269 7631
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    seema@northwestern.edu
  10. Poor mental health could lead to unnecessary nasal surgery

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 0101 AEST / 0301 NZST

    JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

    2017-07-21 01:01. Patients electing for rhinoplasty may overestimate the seriousness of their condition due to underlying poor mental health or self-esteem, a UNSW study finds. Location of Interest:. Australia. NSW. The University of New South Wales. Read more about Poor mental health could lead to unnecessary nasal surgery - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Gabrielle Dunlevy
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 1933
    Position:
    Senior Media Advisor
    Email:
    g.dunlevy@unsw.edu.au
  11. Most Kiwis satisfied with healthcare access

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-07-21 00:01. Almost 70 per cent of New Zealanders rate their access to healthcare as highly satisfied, according to self-reported data from the 2014/15 New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study. One-quarter of participants were moderately satisfied Read more about Most Kiwis satisfied with healthcare access - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Research based on the 2014/15 New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) survey. No media release.

    Name:
    Carol Lee
    Position:
    Lead Author, PhD student
    Email:
    clee879@aucklanduni.ac.nz
  12. What happens to our health records when we die?

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-07-21 00:01. As we continue to move toward a digital culture, health records — including genetic information — are increasingly stored electronically and these records can persist long after the patient has died. In a viewpoint article, Read more about What happens to our health records when we die? - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago|Law Foundation New Zealand
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jon Cornwall
    Phone:
    +64 4 463 6650
    Position:
    Legal Author
    Email:
    jon.cornwall@vuw.ac.nz
  13. Appendicitis could be early sign of colorectal cancer in over-45s

    Publicly released: Fri 21 Jul 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-07-21 00:01. Getting appendicitis when you're over 45 could be the first sign of underlying colorectal cancer, according to New Zealand researchers. In a 13-year retrospective study, the authors found that people over 45 who'd had appendicitis Read more about Appendicitis could be early sign of colorectal cancer in over-45s - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago|University of Auckland|Nelson Marlborough DHB
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Rebecca Shine
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    rshi027@gmail.com
  14. Spanning research and the clinic: top diabetes awards for Garvan leaders

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Jul 2017 at 2307 AEST / 0107 NZST

    2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Diabetes Society and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association

    2017-07-20 23:07. Three diabetes experts from Sydney’ s Garvan Institute of Medical Research have been announced as the winners of prestigious annual awards bestowed by the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS). Professor Mark Febbraio will receive Read more about Spanning research and the clinic: top diabetes awards for Garvan leaders - Scimex

    Australia; NSWGarvan Institute of Medical Research
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Professors Febbraio, Greenfield and Chisholm are available for interview. To arrange to speak with one or more of the researchers, contact Brigid O’Gorman at b.ogorman@garvan.org.au or on 0406 084804.

    Name:
    Brigid O'Gorman
    Position:
    Science Media and Communications Officer
    Email:
    b.ogorman@garvan.org.au
  15. Third of dementia cases could be prevented by lifestyle choices

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Jul 2017 at 1630 AEST / 1830 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-07-20 16:30. One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by targeting nine lifestyle factors, from staying in school beyond fifteen to reducing social isolation in old age, according to a major report from 24 international experts, Read more about Third of dementia cases could be prevented by lifestyle choices - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Melbourne|University College London, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Professor David Ames from The University of Melbourne is attending the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 in London and is not available for interviews until Monday 24 July. Please contact Kathryn Powley, Media Advisor at The University of Melbourne, to arrange interviews.

    Name:
    David Ames
    Phone:
    +61 3 8344 1782
    Position:
    Co-Author
    Email:
    kathryn.powley@unimelb.edu.au
  16. Parents have critical role in preventing teen drinking

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Jul 2017 at 1530 AEST / 1730 NZST

    BMC Public Health

    2017-07-20 15:30. Fewer teenagers are drinking alcohol but more needs to be done to curb the drinking habits of Australian school students, based on the findings of the latest study by Adelaide researchers. Location of Interest:. Australia. SA. The Read more about Parents have critical role in preventing teen drinking - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide|South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jacqueline Bowden
    Phone:
    +61 8 8128 4095
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Jacqueline.Bowden@sahmri.com
  17. Northern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Jul 2017 at 1209 AEST / 1409 NZST

    2017-07-20 12:09. The Northern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017 has been released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. A strong wet season in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory has resulted in strong vegetation growth, Read more about Northern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017 - Scimex

    QLD; WA; NTBushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC can speak about the reasons for the update and the science behind it. For detailed comment on the bushfire potential in each state, contact the relevant state fire agency.

    Name:
    Nathan Maddock
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    nathan.maddock@bnhcrc.com.au
  18. UTS research leads to new insight into the adverse effects of maternal cigarette smoking

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Jul 2017 at 1010 AEST / 1210 NZST

    American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    2017-07-20 10:10. Research lead by UTS scientists has discovered that oxidative stress is the major mechanism by which developing offspring are harmed when cigarettes are smoked during pregnancy. Location of Interest:. Australia. NSW. University of Read more about UTS research leads to new insight into the adverse effects of maternal cigarette smoking - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Rebecca Gallegos
    Phone:
    +61 2 9514 8271
    Position:
    Marketing and Communications Officer
    Email:
    rebecca.gallegos@uts.edu.au
  19. Giant sunfish species evades discovery for centuries

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Jul 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

    2017-07-20 09:01. An elusive new species of ocean sunfish has been discovered by an international team of researchers led by a Murdoch University PhD student. Marianne Nyegaard from the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences uncovered the new Read more about Giant sunfish species evades discovery for centuries - Scimex

    Australia; WAMurdoch University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Pepita Smyth
    Phone:
    +61 8 9360 1289
    Position:
    Media and Communications Advisor
    Email:
    p.smyth@murdoch.edu.au
  20. Galaxy spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes

    Publicly released: Thu 20 Jul 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

    2017-07-20 09:00. Astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and the University of Minnesota Duluth, USA, have provided a way for armchair astronomers, and even primary school children, to merely look at a spiral galaxy and Read more about Galaxy spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes - Scimex

    Australia; VICSwinburne University of Technology
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lea Kivivali
    Phone:
    +61 3 9214 5428
    Position:
    Senior Media and Communications Adviser
    Email:
    lkivivali@swin.edu.au