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  1. Antidepressants in pregnancy not an autism risk

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA

    2017-04-19 01:00. Use of antidepressants by women while pregnant is not linked to an increased chance of autism in their children, according to two papers from international researchers. The studies both indicate that previous research which Read more about Antidepressants in pregnancy not an autism risk - Scimex

    InternationalWomen’s College Hospital, Canada, Indiana University, 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:
    Lindsay Jolivet
    Position:
    Media contact paper 1
    Email:
    lindsay.jolivet@wchospital.ca
  2. Fitness trackers show running less is contagious

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-04-19 01:00. Analysing data from 1.1 million people's fitness trackers over five years, during which they ran 350 million kilometres, has revealed that our friends influence how much we run. However, we're not inspired to run further by our Read more about Fitness trackers show running less is contagious - Scimex

    InternationalMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    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:
    Christos Nicolaides
    Phone:
    +1 617 642 9830
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    chrisnic@mit.edu
  3. Megafaunal extinctions driven by too much moisture

    Publicly released: Wed 19 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology and Evolution

    2017-04-19 01:00. Studies of bones from Ice Age megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas have revealed that major increases in environmental moisture occurred just before many species suddenly became extinct around 11-15, 000 years ago. Read more about Megafaunal extinctions driven by too much moisture - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide|Flinders University
    • 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. Images and video available.

    Name:
    Professor Alan Cooper
    Phone:
    +61 8 8390 0228
    Position:
    Study leader and Director, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
    Email:
    alan.cooper@adelaide.edu.au
  4. High-fat, high-carb diet a cause of osteoarthritis

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Apr 2017 at 1901 AEST / 2101 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-04-18 19:01. Saturated fat is a prime suspect in the onset of osteoarthritis after QUT scientists found it changed the composition of cartilage, particularly in the weight-bearing joints of the hip and knee. Location of Interest:. Australia. Read more about High-fat, high-carb diet a cause of osteoarthritis - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Embargoed until 7pm, Tuesday 18 April AEST

    Name:
    Niki Widdowson
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 2999
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    n.widdowson@qut.edu.au
  5. Blood tests for Down syndrome in pregnancy could be a lower cost option

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-04-18 12:00. Non invasive blood tests to detect Down syndrome during pregnancy could potentially be provided at a lower cost per diagnosis than conventional screening, say Australian researchers. In Australia, a blood test for Down syndrome is Read more about Blood tests for Down syndrome in pregnancy could be a lower cost option - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; SA; WACurtin University|The University of Western Australia|The University of Adelaide
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Susannah Maxwell
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Susannah.maxwell@curtin.edu.au
  6. CubeSat project lead in US for launch

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Apr 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    2017-04-18 11:30. With the launch set for 1am tomorrow AEST, project lead for the INSPIRE-2 cube-shaped satellite Professor Iver Cairns is in the United States to see his labour of love depart as part of an international project to record parts of Read more about CubeSat project lead in US for launch - Scimex

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

    Multimedia available on request

    Name:
    Vivienne Reiner
    Phone:
    +61 2 9351 2390
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    vivienne.reiner@sydney.edu.au
  7. Ceres likely to have a crispy shell covering an icy layer

    Publicly released: Tue 18 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Geoscience

    2017-04-18 01:00. Like that creme egg that you're about to enjoy on the Easter weekend, the dwarf planet Ceres is likely to have a fondant like icy layer just below its nice crispy outer shell, say international authors. The team used NASA's Dawn Read more about Ceres likely to have a crispy shell covering an icy layer - Scimex

    InternationalGeorgia Institute of Technology, USA
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. 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:
    Britney Schmidt
    Phone:
    +1 404 385 1869
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    britneys@eas.gatech.edu
  8. Dragon V. Elephant - Chinese and Indian aid in the Pacific

    Publicly released: Mon 17 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

    2017-04-17 12:00. Both China and India have been ramping up their foreign aid programs, but little is known about their forays into the Pacific. China gives a lot more both monetarily and percentage-wise mostly through the China-Pacific Economic Read more about Dragon V. Elephant - Chinese and Indian aid in the Pacific - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; InternationalThe Australian National University
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Denghua Zhang
    Phone:
    +61 2 6125 1734
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    denghua.zhang@anu.edu.au
  9. Aboriginal chronic disease patients are more frequent emergency users

    Publicly released: Mon 17 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Emergency Medicine Australasia

    2017-04-17 12:00. Aboriginal chronic disease patients use hospital emergency departments two to three times more than non-Aboriginal people with chronic diseases, according to Australian research. The study comparing hospital use by Aboriginal and Read more about Aboriginal chronic disease patients are more frequent emergency users - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia|Telethon Kids Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    David Whyatt
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    david.whyatt@uwa.edu.au
  10. Is Australia ready for the next infectious disease emergency?

    Publicly released: Mon 17 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    The Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-04-17 00:01. Infectious diseases and public health experts say Australia is well placed to respond to an infectious diseases emergency but cannot be complacent and many logistical challenges remain. Location of Interest:. Australia. NSW. VIC. Read more about Is Australia ready for the next infectious disease emergency? - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VICThe University of Sydney|The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    David Barrett
    Phone:
    +61 3 9035 7721
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    david.barrett@unimelb.edu.au
  11. The bugs that make you crook when you're bitten by a croc

    Publicly released: Mon 17 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-04-17 00:01. Croc bites tend to turn septic. To find out why, Aussie scientists looked at the medical records of QLD bite victims to see which bugs are causing infections, and which antibiotics should be used to prevent them. They compared the Read more about The bugs that make you crook when you're bitten by a croc - Scimex

    Australia; QLD; NTMenzies School of Health Research|James Cook University|Cairns Hospital
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Simon Smith
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    simon.smith2@health.qld.gov.au
  12. Superbug death may herald dawn of super-alarming new era

    Publicly released: Mon 17 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-04-17 00:01. The death of an American woman from an untreatable superbug infection that was resistant to all types of antibiotics has left Australian infectious diseases experts "deeply alarmed", according to an editorial. The authors explain Read more about Superbug death may herald dawn of super-alarming new era - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; NTThe University of Melbourne|The University of Sydney|Menzies School of Health Research
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Cheryl Jones
    Position:
    Author
  13. First confirmed case of transfusion-transmitted hepatitis E in Australia

    Publicly released: Mon 17 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-04-17 00:01. Australian doctors have reported that they have found the first confirmed case of hepatitis E virus (HEV) having been transmitted by transfusion, in Australia. The team says that HEV is rarely found in Australia, usually having  Read more about First confirmed case of transfusion-transmitted hepatitis E in Australia - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; WAAustralian Red Cross
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Veronica C Hoad
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    vhoad@redcrossblood.org.au
  14. Recommendations for a one month health check for refugees and asylum seekers

    Publicly released: Mon 17 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-04-17 00:01. Refugees, asylum seekers and all people from similar backgrounds, including children, should be offered a comprehensive health assessment and management plan, ideally within 1 month of arriving in Australia, according to the latest Read more about Recommendations for a one month health check for refugees and asylum seekers - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; SA; WA; NTThe University of Melbourne|Menzies School of Health Research|Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, Refugee Health Network of Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Nadia Chaves
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    n.chaves@alfred.org.au
  15. When Dolly met Mickey - far more efficient cloning

    Publicly released: Sat 15 Apr 2017 at 1800 AEST / 2000 NZST

    Biology Open

    2017-04-15 18:00. Japanese and UK scientists have developed a new method that greatly improves the efficiency of cloning mice. They improved the culture condition for the tiny cloned embryos by adding three specific molecules which affect how Read more about When Dolly met Mickey - far more efficient cloning - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Kei Miyamoto
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    kmiyamo@waka.kindai.ac.jp
  16. Why you should get a stranger to choose your profile pictures

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Apr 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications

    2017-04-14 10:00. People select profile images of themselves for social networking sites that are less flattering than a stranger would choose for them, research from UNSW, the University of Western Australia and the University of Sydney shows. This Read more about Why you should get a stranger to choose your profile pictures - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; WAThe University of New South Wales|The University of Western Australia|The University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Video available.

    Name:
    Dr David White
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 3254
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    david.white@unsw.edu.au
  17. Iced tea in the time of cholera

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

    2017-04-14 04:00. Fancy a cool iced tea on your next tropical holiday? You might want to rethink that drink, with research showing that iced tea consumption was one of the key risk factors for contracting cholera in Vietnam's Ben Tre province during Read more about Iced tea in the time of cholera - Scimex

    InternationalPasteur Institute, Vietnam
    • 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:
    Thuong Vu Nguyen
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    nvthuong@pasteurhcm.gov.vn
  18. Your 20s are the best age to be random

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Computational Biology

    2017-04-14 04:00. People’s ability to make random choices or mimic a random process, such as the flip of a coin, peaks around age 25, and according to French study. The researchers looked at more than 3, 400 people aged 4 to 91 years old and asked Read more about Your 20s are the best age to be random - Scimex

    International
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video 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:
    Hector Zenil
    Position:
    Author
  19. Diet changes how UV impacts skin

    Publicly released: Fri 14 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

    2017-04-14 01:00. In a study in mice, US scientists have found that changes in diet can alter the way skin responds to UV radiation. The scientists fed mice either normal, calorie-restricted, or obesity inducing diets, and then looked at changes in Read more about Diet changes how UV impacts skin - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Illinois, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. 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:
    Tapan Bhattacharyya
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tbhatt@uic.edu
  20. EXPERT REACTION: Touchscreens for toddlers are stifling sleep

    Publicly released: Thu 13 Apr 2017 at 2300 AEST / 0100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-04-13 23:00. Babies and toddlers who spend more time on touchscreens such as smartphones and tablets sleep less at night and, despite sleeping more during the day, sleep for less time overall, say UK researchers. In the first study to look at Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Touchscreens for toddlers are stifling sleep - Scimex

    InternationalBirkbeck, University of London, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Tim Smith
    Phone:
    +44 20 7631 6359
    Email:
    tj.smith@bbk.ac.uk