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  1. Negative messages stronger than positive when it comes to infant immunisation

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 1401 AEST / 1601 NZST

    Pediatrics

    2017-08-18 14:01. If pregnant women are given information that discourages them from immunising their babies, they're more likely to delay, according to new research from the Growing Up In New Zealand longitudinal study. Strangely, the opposite Read more about Negative messages stronger than positive when it comes to infant immunisation - Scimex

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Auckland|Centre for Longitudinal Research – He Ara ki Mua
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us. University of Auckland researchers available for comment.

    Name:
    Pandora Carlyon
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    p.carlyon@auckland.ac.nz
  2. Researchers unlock cheesemaking secret

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 1300 AEST / 1500 NZST

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    2017-08-18 13:00. Researchers say their new knowledge on the inner workings of a bacterium has important implications for Australia’s billion dollar cheese industry. University of Queensland School of Agriculture and Food Sciences researcher Read more about Researchers unlock cheesemaking secret - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For information on obtaining the paper, please contact Jan King from UQ

    Name:
    Associate Professor Mark Turner
    Phone:
    +61 7 3365 7364
    Email:
    m.turner2@uq.edu.au
  3. Australia’s largest immersive learning laboratory now in Sydney

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    2017-08-18 11:30. The University of Sydney opens high-tech virtual reality lab for students. Location of Interest:. Australia. NSW. The University of Sydney. Tech / Engineering / Space. Last updated:Fri 18 Aug 2017. Media Release. From:The Read more about Australia’s largest immersive learning laboratory now in Sydney - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jennifer Peterson-Ward
    Phone:
    +61 2 9351 0240
    Position:
    Media and Public Relations Adviser (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies)
    Email:
    jennifer.peterson-ward@sydney.edu.au
  4. Med students aren't all pissheads after all

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Student BMJ

    2017-08-18 09:01. An online survey in the UK found that only one in ten medical students drinks more booze than the recommended maximum. In fact, almost a quarter of them said they skip the booze altogether. With only 812 responses, the survey Read more about Med students aren't all pissheads after all - Scimex

    InternationalStudent BMJ, 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:
    Matthew Billingsley
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mbillingsley@bmj.com
  5. Sniffing out early-onset Alzheimer’s

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Neurology

    2017-08-18 09:00. Does this smell like bubblegum or gasoline? Smell tests might provide a simple way to detect Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms start to show, according to Canadian researchers. The researchers tested the sniffing abilities of Read more about Sniffing out early-onset Alzheimer’s - Scimex

    InternationalMcGill University, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Marie-Elyse Lafaille-Magnan via Katherine Gombay
    Phone:
    +1 514 398 2189
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    katherine.gombay@mcgill.ca
  6. Keeping bats safe from island predators

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Biological Conservation

    2017-08-18 09:00. It's not just our native birds we need to worry about protecting from invasive predators, we also need to protect our bats. Researchers from DOC monitored the population of long-tailed bats on islands in Fiordland over 22 years. Read more about Keeping bats safe from island predators - Scimex

    New ZealandDepartment of Conservation
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Contact us for the paper. No media release. DOC researchers available for comment.

    Name:
    Colin O'Donnell
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    codonnell@doc.govt.nz
  7. Some evidence vaping can lead to smoking in UK teens

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Tobacco Control

    2017-08-18 08:30. A study from the UK shows there is some evidence that vaping may prompt teens to smoke cigarettes, although the link is disputed. The researchers examined a survey of 2300 teens who were 13 in 2014 and then again a year later at Read more about Some evidence vaping can lead to smoking in UK teens - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Leeds, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Expert reaction from the UK SMC available.

    Name:
    Mark Conner via David Lewis
    Phone:
    +44 113 343 8059
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    D.Lewis@leeds.ac.uk
  8. Popping the pill linked to a lack of arthritis in women

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Annals of Rheumatic Disease

    2017-08-18 08:30. Women who took the contraceptive pill for seven or more years were less likely to develop the painful autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis, according to Swedish research. The study found a 15 per cent lower risk for women Read more about Popping the pill linked to a lack of arthritis in women - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
    • 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 Camilla Bengtsson
    Phone:
    +46 76 02 76 934
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    camilla.bengtsson@ki.se
  9. Poor vision could be linked with poor cognition

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Ophthalmology

    2017-08-18 01:00. Problems with your vision as you get older might be connected with dementia and cognition related issues in your brain, suggest US authors. The researchers used results from 33, 000 participants aged 60 and older who completed a Read more about Poor vision could be linked with poor cognition - Scimex

    InternationalStanford 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:
    Suzann Pershing via Becky Bach
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    retrout@stanford.edu
  10. Children can leave hospital sooner

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Lancet Infectious Diseases

    2017-08-18 00:01. Experts have found some children with severe infections requiring intravenous (through the vein) (IV) antibiotics, can safely have these at home instead of in hospital. This will help children to leave hospital earlier, which is Read more about Children can leave hospital sooner - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Luke Williams
    Position:
    Communications Specialist
    Email:
    luke.williams@mcri.edu.au
  11. Penguincam: like GoPro, but for penguins

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 2300 AEST / 0100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-08-17 23:00. Gentoo penguins are notoriously hard to study as they forage in the open ocean between the sub-Antarctic islands and Antarctica. So Korean researchers attached video cameras — GoPro style — to find out how they vocally Read more about Penguincam: like GoPro, but for penguins - Scimex

    InternationalKorea Polar Research Institute, Republic of Korea
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Won Young Lee
    Phone:
    +82 327 605 523
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    wonyounglee@kopri.re.kr
  12. Why watering down your whisky is a good thing

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 2300 AEST / 0100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-08-17 23:00. While no one can tell you how to drink your whisky, diluting it with a little water enhances the taste — but it's not really known why. Now, Swedish scientists have run computer simulations of the molecules that make up whisky so Read more about Why watering down your whisky is a good thing - Scimex

    InternationalLinnæus University, Sweden
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Björn Karlsson
    Phone:
    +46 480 446740
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    bjorn.karlsson@lnu.se
  13. Are rural health services ready for climate change?

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Australian Journal of Rural Health

    2017-08-17 12:00. A survey of 43 rural health service managers from south west NSW found nine out of ten believe climate change will affect the health of rural residents in the future, particularly in terms of heat-related illnesses, mental health, Read more about Are rural health services ready for climate change? - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Notre Dame Australia
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Rachael Purcell
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    rachael.purcell@gmail.com
  14. Should robots ease the looming loneliness epidemic? Find out at Robotronica

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 1101 AEST / 1301 NZST

    2017-08-17 11:01. How would you feel if your best friend in your twilight years was a robot? It’s one of the many thought-provoking questions being posed at QUT’s Robotronica event on Sunday. This Thursday, journalists can preview the world’s Read more about Should robots ease the looming loneliness epidemic? Find out at Robotronica - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Kate Haggman
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 0358
    Position:
    QUT Media
    Email:
    kate.haggman@qut.edu.au
  15. No sighs of relief as lung disease cases rise

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

    2017-08-17 08:30. International researchers, including Australians, say lung diseases caused 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015, and that the number of cases is increasing with the world's growing population. Asthma was the most common breathing Read more about No sighs of relief as lung disease cases rise - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Queensland|The University of Melbourne|The University of Sydney|The University of Newcastle|Curtin University|Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Department of Health, QLD;
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Theo Vos
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tvos@uw.edu
  16. Why the definition of polycystic ovary syndrome harms women

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    British Medical Journal

    2017-08-17 08:30. The decision by experts to widen the definition of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has boosted its prevalence, caused psychological harm, but brought no clear benefits, say Australian scientists in today’s British Medical Journal Read more about Why the definition of polycystic ovary syndrome harms women - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.
    Name:
    Dan Gaffney
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au
  17. Prem babies are surviving longer, but still at risk of slow development

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    2017-08-17 08:30. Premature babies born in France in 2001 were more likely to survive and less likely to have severe or moderate disabilities by age 2 compared with those born in 1997, according to French researchers. Despite these improvements, Read more about Prem babies are surviving longer, but still at risk of slow development - Scimex

    InternationalFrench National Institute of Health and Medical Research
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Andrei Morgan
    Phone:
    +44 7377 577 971
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    andrei.morgan@inserm.fr
  18. Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0800 AEST / 1000 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Biology

    2017-08-17 08:00. A team of Australian and international researchers has found that migrating humpback whales change direction when they come within 3 km of noises similar to those produced during ocean oil and gas exploration. The researchers fired Read more about Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDThe University of Queensland|Curtin University|The University of Newcastle|The University of Sydney|Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group)|University of St Andrews, UK; Blue Planet Marine, ACT
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Rebecca Dunlop
    Phone:
    +61 7 5460 1963
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    r.dunlop@uq.edu.au
  19. Fly away home - homing pigeons get faster with confidence

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0800 AEST / 1000 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Biology

    2017-08-17 08:00. After strapping on accelerometers and GPS sensors to young homing pigeons, UK researchers found that their speed increased the more confident they were of the route home. They found that pigeons flap their wings differently Read more about Fly away home - homing pigeons get faster with confidence - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lucy Taylor
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lucy.taylor@zoo.ox.ac.uk
  20. Health leaders call for national plan to address overdiagnosis and related overtreatment

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0600 AEST / 0800 NZST

    2017-08-17 06:00. Influential groups of Australian clinicians, consumers and policy makers have today launched a call to action to address the problems of overdiagnosis and related overtreatment. Location of Interest:. Australia. NSW. The University Read more about Health leaders call for national plan to address overdiagnosis and related overtreatment - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dan Gaffney
    Phone:
    +61481004782
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au