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  1. Program helps stressed teens shake it off

    Publicly released: Mon 26 Jun 2017 at 1114 AEST / 1314 NZST

    2017-06-26 11:14. An intervention designed by University of Queensland’ s School of Psychology teaches teenagers how to use their own music listening habits as a way of managing emotions and achieving their best in school. Location of Interest:. Read more about Program helps stressed teens shake it off - Scimex

    QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    Name:
    Dani Nash
    Phone:
    +61 7 3346 3035
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    dani.nash@uq.edu.au
  2. Men quitting pink collar jobs because they feel stereotyped

    Publicly released: Mon 26 Jun 2017 at 1100 AEST / 1300 NZST

    European Journal of Social Psychology

    2017-06-26 11:00. A study led by University of Queensland School of Psychology researcher Dr Courtney von Hippel has found that men working in ‘ pink-collar professions’ – such as nursing, teaching and child-care – may be vulnerable to Read more about Men quitting pink collar jobs because they feel stereotyped - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dani Nash
    Phone:
    +61 7 3346 3035
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    dani.nash@uq.edu.au
  3. Glucose response holds key to better obesity, diabetes drugs

    Publicly released: Mon 26 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Diabetes

    2017-06-26 09:01. New research into the mysteries of food digestion has pinpointed exactly how an important metabolic hormone is released from the human gut in response to the food we eat. For the first time, South Australian researchers have Read more about Glucose response holds key to better obesity, diabetes drugs - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Tania Bawden
    Phone:
    +61 8 8201 5768
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    tania.bawden@flinders.com.au
  4. Education key to 'closing the gap'

    Publicly released: Mon 26 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia (MJA)

    2017-06-26 00:01. Australian experts estimate that better education for Indigenous Australians may close the life expectancy gap by up to 12 years. Existing research suggests that better education leads to better health outcomes. The experts are Read more about Education key to 'closing the gap' - Scimex

    Australia; ACTSocial Determinants of Health Alliance; Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service; Public Health Association of Australia; Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Bret Hart
    Position:
    Chair of the Social Determinants of Health Alliance
    Email:
    bret@hart-solutions. com.au
  5. “Engineering the heck out of this”: Thrilling rescue of ‘lost’ Australian satellites

    Publicly released: Sun 25 Jun 2017 at 2030 AEST / 2230 NZST

    2017-06-25 20:30. Two Australian satellites, feared lost after being deployed from the International Space Station in May, have been recovered by a team led by UNSW engineers after weeks of a fraught – and at times heart-stopping – recovery Read more about “Engineering the heck out of this”: Thrilling rescue of ‘lost’ Australian satellites - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|The University of Sydney|The Australian National University
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Video and images available

    Name:
    Dr Elias Aboutanios 
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 5010
    Position:
    Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research
    Email:
    elias@unsw.edu.au
  6. EXPERT REACTION: UNESCO report - Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs

    Publicly released: Sat 24 Jun 2017 at 1045 AEST / 1245 NZST

    2017-06-24 10:45. UNESCO has released its first report into first global scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change on World Heritage Area (WHA) coral reefs. The report finds that unless CO2 emissions are reduced, by the end of the Read more about EXPERT REACTION: UNESCO report - Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs - Scimex

    AustraliaARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies|Macquarie University|UNESCO
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lyndal Byford
    Phone:
    +61 7120 8666
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  7. UTS unleashes team to deliver social robot software system

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 1701 AEST / 1901 NZST

    2017-06-23 17:01. UTS is the only Australian team to qualify for the 2017 RoboCup@Home Social Robot League, a competition that requires teams to design robot behaviours that allow for interaction and collaboration with people in realistic home Read more about UTS unleashes team to deliver social robot software system - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Grainne Murphy
    Phone:
    +61 427 564 973
    Position:
    Media Manager
  8. Hearing aids for babies with mild loss may not help language

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 1201 AEST / 1401 NZST

    Child: Care, Health and Development

    2017-06-23 12:01. A new study by the Murdoch Children’ s Research Institute (MCRI) has raised questions about the benefits of fitting hearing aids early to babies diagnosed with mild hearing loss. The study, led by MCRI PhD student Peter Carew, Read more about Hearing aids for babies with mild loss may not help language - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Inga Feitsma
    Phone:
    +61 3 9936 6336
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    inga.feitsma@mcri.edu.au
  9. Would people actually use pill testing at festivals?

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    2017-06-23 11:30. Pill testing at festivals or clubs would be used by 94 per cent of drug users, as long as it was done without risk of arrest, according to Australian research. The survey of over 800 Australians who have used drugs such as ecstasy Read more about Would people actually use pill testing at festivals? - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; WA; TASThe University of New South Wales|Curtin University|University of Tasmania
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Monica Barratt
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    m.barratt@unsw.edu.au
  10. Exercise therapy could help people with chronic fatigue in their own homes

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-06-23 10:00. Some people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) might benefit from a self-help exercise programme, according to a trial by international researchers. The trial of 200 patients found that one in five of people on a graded exercise Read more about Exercise therapy could help people with chronic fatigue in their own homes - Scimex

    InternationalQueen Mary University, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Seil Collins
    Phone:
    +44 207 424 4949
    Position:
    Media Relations Manager
    Email:
    seil.collins@lancet.com
  11. DOC ideas on de-extinction

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Nature Ecology and Evolution

    2017-06-23 09:00. Department of Conservation (DOC) workers seem to be fine with using gene-editing to eradicate invasive pests, but hesitant to 'play God' with natives, a University of Otago study finds. Interviewing almost 150 DOC staff, the Read more about DOC ideas on de-extinction - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Helen Taylor
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    helen.taylor@otago.ac.nz
  12. Fish provide clues to degenerative diseases

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-06-23 08:30. A discovery by University of Queensland researchers about the evolution of a tiny fish could have implications for sufferers of muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy. Professor Rob Parton and Dr Tom Hall, from UQ’ s Read more about Fish provide clues to degenerative diseases - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Bronwyn Adams
    Phone:
    +61 7 3346 2134
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    communications@imb.uq.edu.au
  13. Enzyme tech gets biofilms to attack themselves

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 0800 AEST / 1000 NZST

    PNAS

    2017-06-23 08:00. Slimy, gooey membranes produced by bacteria and fungi — called biofilms — cause havoc on internal medical devices like catheters and artificial hips, but a new tech can get rid of the slime by making it attack itself. Biofilms Read more about Enzyme tech gets biofilms to attack themselves - Scimex

    InternationalMcGill University, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper available via EurekAlert! 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:
    Julie Robert
    Phone:
    +1 514 934 1934 ext. 71381
    Position:
    Communications Coordinator
    Email:
    julie.robert@muhc.mcgill.ca
  14. Coronary artery disease genes persist because they help in childbearing

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Genetics

    2017-06-23 04:00. Australian researchers have found that genes for coronary heart disease (CAD) also help us have kids, so in order to reproduce successfully, the nasty effects are an unwelcome necessity. Coronary artery disease - a condition where Read more about Coronary artery disease genes persist because they help in childbearing - Scimex

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
    • 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:
    Sean Byars
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sean.byars@unimelb.edu.au
  15. Cracking the mystery of egg shape

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Science

    2017-06-23 03:00. There's a surprising amount of diversity in the egg shapes of birds. Some are spherical, others elliptical and yet more are conical. But why there's such a range has puzzled biologists. A new meta-study from the US on almost 50, Read more about Cracking the mystery of egg shape - Scimex

    InternationalPrinceton University, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Podcast and images available from EurekAlert

    Name:
    Mary Caswell Stoddard
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    mstoddard@princeton.edu
  16. Mum's uterine fluid communicates with very early embryos

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Trends in Molecular Medicine

    2017-06-23 02:00. Uterine fluid — which supports developing embryos in early pregnancy — can communicate aspects of mum's condition to the embryo, according to Chinese researchers. They found genetic markers on the fetus from the mother's Read more about Mum's uterine fluid communicates with very early embryos - Scimex

    InternationalChinese Academy of Sciences, China
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    En-kui Duan
    Phone:
    +86 10 6480 7308
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    duane@ioz.ac.cn
  17. MRIs could help mammograms catch new breast cancers

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Oncology

    2017-06-23 01:00. If you're a younger breast cancer survivor who has undergone partial breast removal surgery, adding an MRI or an ultrasound to your mammogram could help detect new cancers, according to a South Korean study. The authors looked at Read more about MRIs could help mammograms catch new breast cancers - Scimex

    InternationalSeoul National University College of Medicine, South Korea
    • 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:
    Woo Kyung Moon
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    moonwk1963@gmail.com
  18. Shrinking whales signal numbers collapse

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 0000 AEST / 0200 NZST

    Nature Ecology and Evolution

    2017-06-23 00:00. A global collapse of whale numbers could be predicted by tracking the body size of whales and watching for signs they are getting smaller, according to Australian and European research. Using historic whaling data on four whale Read more about Shrinking whales signal numbers collapse - Scimex

    Australia; TASInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)|Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC|University of Tasmania
    • 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:
    Christopher Clements
    Phone:
    +41 789 260 609
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    chrisclementsresearch@gmail.com
  19. Oil exploration survey noise killing plankton

    Publicly released: Fri 23 Jun 2017 at 0000 AEST / 0200 NZST

    Nature Ecology and Evolution

    2017-06-23 00:00. Acoustic surveys used to explore the seafloor for oil deposits have been linked to a two to three-fold increase in the death of plankton - tiny animals that many marine species feed on - say Aussie scientists. The study was Read more about Oil exploration survey noise killing plankton - Scimex

    Australia; WA; TASCurtin University|Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)|Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC|University of Tasmania
    • 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:
    Robert McCauley
    Phone:
    +61 428 101 046
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    R.McCauley@cmst.curtin.edu.au
  20. EXPERT REACTION: Paracetamol in pregnancy and male sexual development

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Jun 2017 at 1800 AEST / 2000 NZST

    Reproduction

    2017-06-22 18:00. A study in mice looked at how paracetamol taken in pregnancy impacts male sexual development. Male mouse pups that were exposed to paracetamol in the womb were less aggressive and less likely to mate with females. The researchers Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Paracetamol in pregnancy and male sexual development - Scimex

    Australia; International; VICUniversity of Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Robin Bisson
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au