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  1. Food focus should be on quality not type, NZ nutrition experts say

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    The Lancet

    2016-08-26 12:00. New Zealand nutrition experts are calling for an end to the pitting of carbohydrates against fats and say we should instead focus on what is most important – the quality of food in our diets. In their commentary, the authors Read more about Food focus should be on quality not type, NZ nutrition experts say - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Professor Jim Mann
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jim.mann@otago.ac.nz
  2. Poor psychological services for aged care residents

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Australian Psychologist

    2016-08-26 12:00. Access to psychologists and psychological services remains poor in Australian residential aged care facilities, a new study finds. The study, led by researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, found that aged care Read more about Poor psychological services for aged care residents - Scimex

    Australia; VICSwinburne University of Technology
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Nick Adams
    Phone:
    03 9214 3760
    Position:
    Communications Officer
    Email:
    nadams@swin.edu.au
  3. Getting asylum 'clicktivists' off the web and into action

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Australian Journal of Psychology

    2016-08-26 12:00. An Australian study of 3, 978 people signed up to a Facebook page or newsletter of an asylum seeker support organisation suggests most don't interact with the organisation beyond engaging on the internet. When it's possible to Read more about Getting asylum 'clicktivists' off the web and into action - Scimex

    Australia; VICDeakin University
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Fiona McKay
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    fiona.mckay@deakin.edu.au
  4. A good night's rest gets ahead on migraines, headaches

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Australian Journal of Psychology

    2016-08-26 12:00. Getting a good night's rest may be linked to fewer migraines and headaches, according to a Griffith University duo. The researchers asked almost 400 volunteers to answer questions about their headache and migraine patterns, as well Read more about A good night's rest gets ahead on migraines, headaches - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Paul R. Martin
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    paul.martin@griffith.edu.au
  5. Sunglasses safety standards not up to scratch

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Biomedical Engineering Online

    2016-08-26 10:00. Sunglasses' UV filters need to be tested more rigorously for longer-term safety, according to a Brazilian study showing that the current test is unrealistic - particularly for people living in the Southern Hemisphere. The current Read more about Sunglasses safety standards not up to scratch - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of São Paulo, Brazil
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Alanna Orpen
    Phone:
    +44 020 3192 2054
    Position:
    Junior Press Officer
    Email:
    alanna.orpen@biomedcentral.com
  6. Active cities have lower blood pressure, diabetes

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Benchmarking cycling and walking in six New Zealand cities: Pilot study 2015

    2016-08-26 10:00. Cities with higher levels of cycling and walking have better overall population health, new research finds. In a study of New Zealand’ s six largest cities, researchers looked at the state of active transport – walking and Read more about Active cities have lower blood pressure, diabetes - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dr Caroline Shaw
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    caroline.shaw@otago.ac.nz
  7. NZ agriculture impacts from Paris Agreement spotlit

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research

    2016-08-26 10:00. The Paris climate agreement would have the lowest negative impact on New Zealand's GDP and output if agricultural emissions are not priced and forestry carbon storage is accounted for when calculating NZ's net emissions. That's Read more about NZ agriculture impacts from Paris Agreement spotlit - Scimex

    New ZealandLandcare Research
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Adam Daigneault
    Phone:
    +64 9 574 4138
    Position:
    Senior Economist
    Email:
    daigneaulta@landcareresearch.co.nz
  8. Emergency services to focus on mitigation, response and recovery at conference

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 0930 AEST / 1130 NZST

    AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ

    2016-08-26 09:30. More than 2000 people from Australia and New Zealand’ s emergency services will meet next week in Brisbane (30 August-1 September) to discuss the latest in disaster-related research and experience. With over 100 speakers on the Read more about Emergency services to focus on mitigation, response and recovery at conference - Scimex

    Australia; QLDBushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Natural disaster experts and emergency managers from across Australia, as well as international experts, will be presenting at this conference.

    Name:
    Nathan Maddock
    Phone:
    +61 439 377 080
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    nathan.maddock@bnhcrc.com.au
  9. Teens smoke e-cigs for flavour not nicotine

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Tobacco Control

    2016-08-26 08:30. Teens are more likely to vape for the flavourings found in e-cigarettes rather than nicotine, suggests new research involving almost 15, 000 US students. The findings suggest that the recent spike in the popularity of e-cigarettes Read more about Teens smoke e-cigs for flavour not nicotine - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Michigan, USA
    • 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:
    Dr Richard Miech
    Phone:
    + 1 734 647 1343 (0900 to 16.30 US Eastern Standard Time)
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    ramiech@umich.edu (preferred contact)
  10. BRIEFING ALERT: Robot babies increase pregnancy rates in teens

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 0500 AEST / 0700 NZST

    The Lancet

    2016-08-26 05:00. NEWS BRIEFING: Thursday 25 August 2016 at 10:30am AEST ONLINE Electronic baby dolls which are designed to simulate the 'real experience' of having an infant don't work to cut teen pregnancy rates, say Australian researchers. In fact Read more about BRIEFING ALERT: Robot babies increase pregnancy rates in teens - Scimex

    Australia; SA; WATelethon Kids Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    UPDATE: Research paper, media material and briefing recording now attached. 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:
    Lyndal Byford
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Position:
    Media manager
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  11. Tiny genetic changes create our unique face shapes

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Genetics

    2016-08-26 04:00. Many of the characteristics that make up a person’s face, such as nose size and face width, stem from specific genetic variations, according to a new US-led study. The researchers looked for links between 20 face traits measured Read more about Tiny genetic changes create our unique face shapes - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Pittsburgh, USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Research paper to be added when available. 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:
    Seth M. Weinberg
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    smwst46@pitt.edu
  12. Rat race replayed in reverse as reward reaped

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Neuron

    2016-08-26 02:00. The bigger the reward, the more times rats replay their memories of themselves leading up to it, according to a duo of researchers from the USA. The pair attached electrodes to the sections of rats' brains that remember places and Read more about Rat race replayed in reverse as reward reaped - Scimex

    InternationalJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    David J. Foster
    Phone:
    +1 410 502 3196
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    david.foster@jhu.edu
  13. Transplanted hair gives men youthful flair

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

    2016-08-26 01:00. If you're a bald bloke, getting a hair transplant could make you seem younger and more attractive, according to a team of US scientists. The researchers asked more than one hundred volunteers to compare before and after shots of Read more about Transplanted hair gives men youthful flair - Scimex

    InternationalJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 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:
    Lisa E. Ishii via Vanessa McMains
    Phone:
    +1 410-502-9410
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    vmcmain1@jhmi.edu
  14. New technique takes guesswork out of IVF embryo selection

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Molecular Reproduction and Development

    " /. 2016-08-26 01:00. Researchers at the University of Adelaide have successfully trialled a new technique that could aid the process of choosing the "best" embryo for implantation, helping to boost the chances of pregnancy success from the very Read more about New technique takes guesswork out of IVF embryo selection - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Note: the link to the journal article will not go live until the embargo has lifted. Dr Hannah Brown will be attending a conference in Queensland up to and including Wednesday 24 August, and will be back in South Australia after that.

    Name:
    Dr Hannah Brown
    Position:
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Robinson Research Institute
    Email:
    hannah.brown@adelaide.edu.au
  15. UPDATED: Policies still support fossil fuels over renewables

    Publicly released: Fri 26 Aug 2016 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

    2016-08-26 00:01. The simplest and lowest economic cost way to level the playing field for green energy to genuinely compete with fossil fuels is to remove fossil fuel pre-tax subsidies and instead subsidise renewable energy, according to a New Read more about UPDATED: Policies still support fossil fuels over renewables - Scimex

    New ZealandLincoln University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    UPDATE: Paper has been uploaded. Embargo is confirmed as 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST Friday 26 August.

    Name:
    Ross Cullen
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    ross.cullen@lincoln.ac.nz
  16. Caffeine fiend? It's all in your genes

    Publicly released: Thu 25 Aug 2016 at 2300 AEST / 0100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2016-08-25 23:00. UK scientists have identified a gene they say may determine just how addicted to coffee we are. The researchers looked at the genetic code of 1, 213 Italians from seven villages, and asked them how many cups of coffee they drank Read more about Caffeine fiend? It's all in your genes - Scimex

    InternationalThe University of Edinburgh, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper available soon.

    Name:
    Nicola Pirastu
    Phone:
    +44 1316 517112
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    nicola.pirastu@ed.ac.uk
  17. CreateX – QUT’s collision of creativity and technology this Sunday

    Publicly released: Thu 25 Aug 2016 at 1552 AEST / 1752 NZST

    2016-08-25 15:52. Families, students, industry professionals and anyone interested in creativity and technology are invited to a free festival at QUT’ s Kelvin Grove campus on Sunday 28 August 2016. CreateX is Queensland’ s first Read more about CreateX – QUT’s collision of creativity and technology this Sunday - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Amanda Weaver
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 1841
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    amanda.weaver@qut.edu.au
  18. New Uni of Adelaide lab to make better use of ‘carbs’

    Publicly released: Thu 25 Aug 2016 at 1240 AEST / 1440 NZST

    2016-08-25 12:40. Potatoes with less “ bad” starch, food with natural additives to boost the immune system, or baby’ s milk formula that more closely matches breast milk are some of the potential benefits from a new University of Adelaide Read more about New Uni of Adelaide lab to make better use of ‘carbs’ - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide|ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Professor Vincent Bulone
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 2292
    Position:
    Director, Adelaide Glycomics
    Email:
    vincent.bulone@adelaide.edu.au
  19. Mad tech mash makes for mind-blowing augmented reality adventure

    Publicly released: Thu 25 Aug 2016 at 1230 AEST / 1430 NZST

    2016-08-25 12:30. QUT researchers have created a multidimensional, real-time, augmented reality experience, in a room that feels like a Star Trek-style holodeck. Tech / Engineering / Space. Registered journalists should sign in (top right) for full Read more about Mad tech mash makes for mind-blowing augmented reality adventure - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Lots od multimedia you can use.

    Name:
    Kate Haggman
    Phone:
    + 61 7 3138 0358
    Position:
    QUT Media
    Email:
    kate.haggman@qut.edu.au
  20. ‘Communitainment’ is what young people want – QUT expert

    Publicly released: Thu 25 Aug 2016 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    2016-08-25 12:00. A new global screen ecology led by YouTube stars is dictating the future of entertainment and policy makers should take note according to QUT Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham. He says two million-plus people worldwide are Read more about ‘Communitainment’ is what young people want – QUT expert - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Amanda Weaver
    Phone:
    0731381841
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    amanda.weaver@qut.edu.au