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  1. MRIs could cut needless biopsies for prostate cancer screen

    Publicly released: Sat 25 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    32nd European Association of Urology Conference

    2017-03-25 11:01. Adding a MRI into the mix for prostate cancer detection could halve over-diagnosis, cut unnecessary biopsies by 70 per cent, while still detecting similar numbers of dangerous cancer, according to an international study. After a Read more about MRIs could cut needless biopsies for prostate cancer screen - Scimex

    InternationalErasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Arnout Alberts
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    a.r.alberts@erasmusmc.nl
  2. Stem cells rise to the occasion in treating erectile dysfunction

    Publicly released: Sat 25 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    The 32nd European Association of Urology Conference

    2017-03-25 11:01. Using stem cells taken from abdominal fat, a Danish research group was able to reverse impotency in eight out of twenty one patients. The researchers injected the stem cells into the fleshy area of the patients' penises, and, Read more about Stem cells rise to the occasion in treating erectile dysfunction - Scimex

    InternationalOdense University Hospital, Denmark
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Martha Haahr
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    martha.haahr@gmail.com
  3. Lung experts warn against legalising nicotine in e-cigarettes

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1232 AEDT / 1432 NZDT

    Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting

    2017-03-24 12:32. Australia’ s peak body representing lung health professionals - the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) - has welcomed Australia’ s Therapeutic Goods Administration’ s (TGA) decision to uphold the ban on Read more about Lung experts warn against legalising nicotine in e-cigarettes - Scimex

    Australia; ACTThoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Petrana Lorenz
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    petrana@arkcommunications.com.au
  4. Planting native vegetation for productive crops

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1230 AEDT / 1430 NZDT

    2017-03-24 12:30. The University of Adelaide, working with South Australian industry groups, is helping farmers and growers design and implement native plantings to support bee and other insect populations needed to pollinate their crops and orchards Read more about Planting native vegetation for productive crops - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Katja Hogendoorn
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 6555
    Position:
    Research Associate, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Email:
    katja.hogendoorn@adelaide.edu.au
  5. Early prelabour caesareans twice as common in private hospital

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1230 AEDT / 1430 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-03-24 12:30. Despite early-term prelabour caesareans occurring almost twice as often in a private hospital, babies born in a public hospital had more adverse outcomes and treatment escalations, according to an Australian study. The authors Read more about Early prelabour caesareans twice as common in private hospital - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Nicole Adams
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    nicole.adams@uq.net.au
  6. Do we need to re-assess the safety of the world's most popular weedkiller?

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

    Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health

    2017-03-24 12:00. International scientists argue that it's time to re-assess the safety of Monsanto's glyphosate, the most widely used agricultural weedkiller on the planet. Current standards are based on out-of-date and non-peer reviewed science, Read more about Do we need to re-assess the safety of the world's most popular weedkiller? - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Laura Vandenberg
    Phone:
    +1 413 577 7405
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lvandenberg@schoolph.umass.edu
  7. The top 10 foreign objects children most commonly swallow

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1145 AEDT / 1345 NZDT

    Anales de Pediatria

    2017-03-24 11:45. A Spanish study has found that fish bones, toothpicks and coins are among the most common objects that children accidentally swallow. Buttons, magnets, and toys were also in the top 10. The researchers looked at the medical records Read more about The top 10 foreign objects children most commonly swallow - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of the Basque Country, Spain
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Santiago Mintegi
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    santiago.mintegi@osakidetza.eus
  8. Life experiences can help earthquake preparation

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

    International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

    2017-03-24 11:00. Experiencing a disaster like a major earthquake can help people prepare for future disasters, but how do you motivate people to prepare if they've never experienced such an event? A new study suggests other experiences - like a Read more about Life experiences can help earthquake preparation - Scimex

    New ZealandGNS Science, Massey University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Julia Becker
    Phone:
    +64 4 570 4795
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    jbecker@gns.cri.nz
  9. Rise of 'superbug' tuberculosis a threat

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

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

    2017-03-24 09:30. Although we have new antibiotics to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis, their effectiveness could soon be lost if other aspects of the healthcare system aren't up to scratch, according to international scientists. The authors say we Read more about Rise of 'superbug' tuberculosis a threat - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Cape Town, South Africa
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Keertan Dheda
    Phone:
    +27 845 577 754
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    keertan.dheda@uct.ac.za
  10. Spiritual retreats change brain chemical systems

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

    Religion, Brain and Behavior

    2017-03-24 09:30. A preliminary U.S. study has found that people who attend spiritual retreats experience changes in the 'feel-good' chemical systems of the brain. The research found that transporters of these brain chemicals -dopamine and serotonin Read more about Spiritual retreats change brain chemical systems - Scimex

    InternationalThomas Jefferson University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Andrew Newberg
    Phone:
    +1 215 503 3422
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    andrew.newberg@jefferson.edu
  11. New Australian guidance for dealing with sites contaminated with firefighting foam chemicals

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0800 AEDT / 1000 NZDT

    2017-03-24 08:00. New national guidance – published this week and made freely available to all by Australia’ s leading science-based partnership in the prevention, assessment and remediation of environmental contamination – offers the most Read more about New Australian guidance for dealing with sites contaminated with firefighting foam chemicals - Scimex

    AustraliaCRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CARE)
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Adam Barclay
    Phone:
    0429779228
    Position:
    Communication Manager
    Email:
    adam.barclay@crccare.com
  12. Rethink of hazards after Kaikoura earthquake

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Science

    2017-03-24 05:00. Last November's Kaikoura earthquake will likely change the way scientists think about earthquake hazards in plate boundary zones, according to the first study to come out of the data collected during and immediately after the Read more about Rethink of hazards after Kaikoura earthquake - Scimex

    New ZealandGNS Science
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper available via EurekAlert. Expert reaction, Q&A and graphic included.

    Name:
    Ian Hamling
    Phone:
    +64 4 570 4568
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    i.hamling@gns.cri.nz
  13. UNSW scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-ageing

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Science

    2017-03-24 05:00. UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars. Health / Medical. Society / Lifestyle. Tech / Engineering / Space. Read more about UNSW scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-ageing - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Contact UNSW to obtain a copy of the paper

    Name:
    Gabrielle Dunlevy
    Phone:
    +61423972802
    Position:
    Senior Media Advisor
    Email:
    g.dunlevy@unsw.edu.au
  14. Mosquito monitoring has limited benefit in dengue control

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

    2017-03-24 05:00. US scientists conducted a study in Iquitos, Peru, which found that mosquito monitoring surveys traditionally used to predict dengue outbreaks are largely ineffective. Every year, an estimated 100 million people around the world Read more about Mosquito monitoring has limited benefit in dengue control - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDUniversity of North Carolina
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    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:
    Elizabeth Cromwell
    Phone:
    +1 206 897 2829
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    elizabeth.cromwell@gmail.com
  15. A 'Carbon Law' offers pathway to halve emissions every decade, say researchers

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Science

    2017-03-24 05:00. On the eve of this year's Earth hour (25 March), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science(24 March) for the global economy to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The authors argue a carbon roadmap, driven by a simple rule Read more about A 'Carbon Law' offers pathway to halve emissions every decade, say researchers - Scimex

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Nerissa Hannink
    Phone:
    +61 3 8344 8151
    Position:
    Senior Media Advisor
    Email:
    nhannink@unimelb.edu.au
  16. Cancer survivors could be more likely to have pre-term, low-weight births

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0200 AEDT / 0400 NZDT

    JAMA Oncology

    2017-03-24 02:00. Young female  cancer survivors are more likely to have pre-term births and low-weight babies, according to a US study. The researchers looked at data from 15, 588 births, one in five being to women who were adolescent or young Read more about Cancer survivors could be more likely to have pre-term, low-weight births - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of North Carolina, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    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:
    Hazel Nichols (via Laura Oleniacz)
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    laura_oleniacz@med.unc.edu
  17. High 2015 temperatures killed 40% of Dongsha Atoll corals

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0100 AEDT / 0300 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2017-03-24 01:00. International scientists, including an Australian, have documented the consequences of a 2° C rise in sea temperatures in the South China Sea in June 2015 on the Dongsha Atoll, a coral reef. At Dongsha, the 2° C was amplified to Read more about High 2015 temperatures killed 40% of Dongsha Atoll corals - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia|ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies|Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
    • 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:
    Thomas DeCarlo
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 4486
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    thomas.decarlo@uwa.edu.au
  18. Unusually calm weather on top of global warming causes coral die-off

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0100 AEDT / 0300 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2017-03-24 01:00. An international team of researchers, including a scientist from The University of Western Australia, has warned of the devastating consequences for shallow reef ecosystems when global warming combines with local weather anomalies. Read more about Unusually calm weather on top of global warming causes coral die-off - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • 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:
    Dr Thomas DeCarlo
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 4486
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    thomas.decarlo@uwa.edu.au
  19. What is ‘safe’ when it comes to medicine?

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

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-03-24 00:01. Medication safety is a hot topic for politicians, patients and medical practitioners, but it’s not an easy thing to measure, according to New Zealand researchers. Currently, the main measure of medication safety is from adverse Read more about What is ‘safe’ when it comes to medicine? - Scimex

    New ZealandMassey University|University of Auckland|Waitemata District Health Board
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Jerome Ng
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jerome.ng@waitematadhb.govt.nz
  20. Genital warts decreasing thanks to HPV vaccine

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

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-03-24 00:01. Introduction of the HPV vaccine Gardasil has sped the decline of genital warts in women eligible for the vaccine, compared to those who missed out on the free vaccine. Researchers used information from the Auckland Sexual Health Read more about Genital warts decreasing thanks to HPV vaccine - Scimex

    New ZealandAuckland Sexual Health Service
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jeannie Oliphant
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    jeannieo@adhb.govt.nz