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  1. Childcare lunches don't meet nutrition guidelines

    Publicly released: Thu 15 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

    2017-06-15 00:01. More than half of three and four-year-old children in Auckland and Waikato attend early childhood centres where food is provided daily, but most providers don't serve food that meets New Zealand's nutrition guidelines. Only five Read more about Childcare lunches don't meet nutrition guidelines - Scimex

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

    To speak with lead author Sarah Gerritsen from the University of Auckland’s Centre for Longitudinal Research contact Pandora Carlyon.

    Name:
    Sarah Gerritsen via Pandora Carlyon
    Phone:
    +64 21 565 715
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    p.carlyon@auckland.ac.nz
  2. Jury still out on dietary supplements for chronic fatigue syndrome

    Publicly released: Thu 15 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    ANZJPH

    2017-06-15 00:01. Australian scientists have reviewed the existing evidence for the effects of dietary supplements on chronic fatigue syndrome, and found inconsistent results. There's some evidence for positive effects from taking D-ribose - a Read more about Jury still out on dietary supplements for chronic fatigue syndrome - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Wollongong|Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Yasmine Probst
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    yasmine@uow.edu.au
  3. Bullying follows Aussie women out of the playground

    Publicly released: Thu 15 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    ANZJPH

    2017-06-15 00:01. Data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health shows that, in 2013, 53 per cent of women aged 18 - 23 reported having been bullied in the past, and 18 per cent said they had been bullied recently. Compared with Read more about Bullying follows Aussie women out of the playground - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Newcastle|The University of Queensland|NSW Government|, Hunter Medical Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Image available.

    Name:
    Natalie Townsend
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Natalie.Townsend@newcastle.edu.au
  4. Two in five pregnant women in NSW missing out on early antenatal care

    Publicly released: Thu 15 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    ANZJPH

    2017-06-15 00:01. Teenagers, unmarried women, and migrants are just some of the women are more likely to miss out on early antenatal care during pregnancy according to Australian research. The study found that around 40 per cent of pregnant women in Read more about Two in five pregnant women in NSW missing out on early antenatal care - Scimex

    Australia; NSWWestern Sydney Local Health District
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Dr Maria Victoria Guevarra
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Veth.Guevarra@health.nsw.gov.au
  5. Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapour

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 2201 AEST / 0001 NZST

    ACS Nano

    2017-06-14 22:01. Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen – the cleanest source of energy. Location of Interest:. Australia. VIC. RMIT University. Environment / Climate / Energy. Last Read more about Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapour - Scimex

    Australia; VICRMIT University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Please note strict embargo. YouTube embed code included with text and low-res MP4 file attached. Contact David Glanz for high-res file.

    Name:
    David Glanz
    Phone:
    +61 3 9925 2807
    Position:
    Senior Manager, Communications
    Email:
    david.glanz@rmit.edu.au
  6. Australia Honours Top Innovators with Clunies Ross Awards

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 1800 AEST / 2000 NZST

    ATSE Clunies Ross Awards

    2017-06-14 18:00. Top honours for Australia’ s foremost visionaries will be presented on 14 June at the gala ATSE Innovation Dinner in Brisbane. The prestigious Clunies Ross Awards, Australia’ s premier innovation commercialisation awards, will Read more about Australia Honours Top Innovators with Clunies Ross Awards - Scimex

    Australia; VIC; SAATSE
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Interviews can be prearranged. Photos available before and after gala award night 14.6

    Name:
    Cathy Reade
    Phone:
    0413575934
    Position:
    Media Manager, Clunies Ross Awards
    Email:
    creade@squirrel.com.au
  7. Are kids being bullied with peanut butter sandwiches in Australia?

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

    2017-06-14 12:00. Up to 30 per cent of kids internationally have reported being bullied because of their food allergy, but while these types of allergies are on the rise in Australia, we don't know whether Aussie kids experience the same levels of Read more about Are kids being bullied with peanut butter sandwiches in Australia? - Scimex

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

    No media release. Andrew Fong is available for interviews on Wednesday  - contact via Gabrielle Dunlevy at UNSW media

    Name:
    Andrew Timothy Fong
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    z3463394@ad.unsw.edu.au
  8. Four-year-old kids more imaginative than chimps

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Biology Letters

    2017-06-14 09:01. Tasked with getting a treat dropped into one of a pair of vertical tubes, chimps tended to miss out by only covering the bottom of one of the two tubes, as did two-year-old children. However, four-year-old kids were bright enough Read more about Four-year-old kids more imaginative than chimps - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Thomas Suddendorf
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    t.suddendorf@psy.uq.edu.au
  9. This beetle has the scariest dick pic you will ever see

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B

    2017-06-14 09:01. Next time you are getting it on, spare a thought for the poor lady seed beetle. Faced with a penis that resembles a medieval mace and is covered in hundreds of sharp spines, the poor lady seed beetle suffers for the sake of sex. Now Read more about This beetle has the scariest dick pic you will ever see - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Liam is currently in the UK. 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 Liam Dougherty
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    liam.dougherty@uwa.edu.au
  10. The kangaroo sized, flying turkey that once roamed Australia

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-06-14 09:01. A giant, flying turkey as tall as a kangaroo is among five extinct large megapode birds discovered by palaentologists at Flinders University. All five birds were chunky relatives of today’ s Malleefowl and Brush-turkeys, but the Read more about The kangaroo sized, flying turkey that once roamed Australia - Scimex

    Australia; SAFlinders University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Illustration and fossil photos available, and researchers available for interview

    Name:
    Grant Smyth
    Position:
    Media Advisor
    Email:
    grant.smyth@flinders.edu.au
  11. Aircraft noise linked to high blood pressure

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Occupational & Environmental Medicine

    2017-06-14 08:30. As real estate agents say, it's all about "location, location, location", but not in a good way if you live next door to an airport. Research on residents living next to Athens International Airport found a link between exposure to Read more about Aircraft noise linked to high blood pressure - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Athens Medical School, Greece; Imperial College London, 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:
    Klea Katsouyanni
    Phone:
    +30 6944 681 057
    Position:
    Co-author
    Email:
    kkatsouy@med.uoa.gr
  12. Bleeding risk higher for over-75s taking aspirin daily

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-06-14 08:30. People over 75 who take aspirin every day to prevent heart problems have a higher than expected risk of intestinal bleeding, say UK researchers. They argue that anyone over 75 taking aspirin daily should be prescribed proton-pump Read more about Bleeding risk higher for over-75s taking aspirin daily - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print. The UK SMC is doing a briefing and expert reaction to the study. Contact us for more details.

    Name:
    Peter Rothwell
    Phone:
    +44 1865 231610
    Position:
    Study Author
    Email:
    peter.rothwell@ndcn.ox.ac.uk
  13. Genes for higher BMIs linked to lower Parkinson's risk

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    2017-06-14 04:00. The genes that are linked to having a higher body mass index (BMI) could also be linked to protecting you from Parkinson's disease, according to an international study. The authors looked at data from over 100, 000 people and found Read more about Genes for higher BMIs linked to lower Parkinson's risk - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity College London, UK
    • 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:
    Nicholas Wood
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    n.wood@ucl.ac.uk
  14. Sunless tans for redheads?

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell Reports

    2017-06-14 02:00. There might yet be hope for pale-skinned redheads who are especially susceptible to UV radiation, after researchers successfully darkened human skin cells grown in a petri dish - providing an artificial tan that lasted for days. A Read more about Sunless tans for redheads? - Scimex

    InternationalHarvard Medical School, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    David Fisher
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    DFISHER3@mgh.harvard.edu
  15. Defibrillator drones to the rescue!

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA

    2017-06-14 01:00. If you have a heart attack outside hospital in the future, you could be saved by a drone with a defibrillator attached rather than a conventional ambulance. Swedish scientists compared the response times of a drone and an ambulance Read more about Defibrillator drones to the rescue! - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    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:
    Andreas Claesson
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    andreas.claesson@ki.se
  16. Flushing out cells could fight fatty liver disease

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-06-14 01:00. Flushing out 'old' liver cells could slow fatty liver disease, according to a study on mice. The authors, which include an Australian, found that old liver cells aren't able to break down cells as well as newer cells, and lead to Read more about Flushing out cells could fight fatty liver disease - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Health / Medical
    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:
    Robyn Mills
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 4829
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    robyn.mills@adelaide.edu.au
  17. High levels of plaque on your brain linked to cognitive decline

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA

    2017-06-14 01:00. An elevated level of the clumpy protein amyloid in your brain has been associated with a higher chance of losing your cognitive capabilities, suggests US researchers. They say that among a group of cognitively normal people, with Read more about High levels of plaque on your brain linked to cognitive decline - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Southern California, 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:
    Michael C. Donohue, via Zen Vuong
    Phone:
    +1 213 300 1381
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    zvuong@usc.edu
  18. Hope for better lung cancer treatment on horizon

    Publicly released: Wed 14 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Molecular Cancer Therapeutics

    2017-06-14 00:01. A new study is set to improve treatment options for patients with the second most common type of lung cancer, a disease for which new anti-cancer drugs are urgently needed. Researchers have demonstrated a better way to recruit the Read more about Hope for better lung cancer treatment on horizon - Scimex

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Please contact Arunee Wilson for information on obtaining the paper.

    Name:
    Arunee Wilson
    Position:
    Media Advisor
    Email:
    communityrelations@wehi.edu.au
  19. Visual retraining program to help people with body dysmorphic disorder

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 1530 AEST / 1730 NZST

    2017-06-13 15:30. A world-first study is aiming to alleviate symptoms of those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) through a unique visual retraining program. Location of Interest:. Australia. VIC. Swinburne University of Technology. Health / Medical Read more about Visual retraining program to help people with body dysmorphic disorder - Scimex

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

    Professor Susan Rossell can be contacted directly. Professorial Research Fellow and lead researcher Phone: 03 9214 8173 emails: srossell@swinurne.edu.au

    Name:
    Nick Adams
    Phone:
    +61 3 9214 4524
    Position:
    Media and communications adviser
    Email:
    nadams@swin.edu.au
  20. The Royal Institution of Australia Announcement

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 1343 AEST / 1543 NZST

    2017-06-13 13:43. Today the Council of The Royal Institution of Australia is announcing that after six years in the role, Assoc Prof Paul Willis will be concluding his term as Director at the end of July. Location of Interest:. Australia. RiAus. Read more about The Royal Institution of Australia Announcement - Scimex

    AustraliaRiAus
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Bradley Abraham
    Position:
    General Manager
    Email:
    babraham@riaus.org.au