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  1. The Neil Sachse Centre for Spinal Cord Research and SAHMRI - Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    2017-03-14 12:00. The Australian of the Year 2017, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim has given hope to thousands of Australians with spinal cord injuries. A global authority on the human sense of smell and the biology of nasal cells, he led the world’ s Read more about The Neil Sachse Centre for Spinal Cord Research and SAHMRI - Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim - Scimex

    Australia; SASouth Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    To RSVP by Friday 10th March please go to: NSevent.eventbrite.com

    Name:
    Bridgette Whittle
    Phone:
    +61 8 8128 4152
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    bridgette.whittle@sahmri.com
  2. Have kids! You'll live longer

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

    2017-03-14 10:30. While some might cry at the thought of having to spend a few more years with their kids, a new study from Sweden has found that having children is linked to an extra year or more added onto your lifespan. The study reviewed Read more about Have kids! You'll live longer - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Stockholm, 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 Karin Modig
    Phone:
    +46 8 524 801 53
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Karin.modig@ki.se
  3. Big sugar: The new health threat?

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    2017-03-14 10:30. Sugar is currently making headlines around the world. But with so much information and conflicting advice available - how do we know what to believe? University of Sydney’ s foremost researchers will discuss the bittersweet Read more about Big sugar: The new health threat? - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Kobi Print
    Phone:
    +61 012 729
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    kobi.print@sydney.edu.au
  4. More support needed for mums after perinatal loss

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

    2017-03-14 10:30. More support services for pregnant women who have previously suffered miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of a newborn are needed, according to University of Queensland researchers. Health / Medical. Registered journalists should Read more about More support needed for mums after perinatal loss - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dani Nash
    Phone:
    +61 7 3346 3035
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    dani.nash@uq.edu.au
  5. Running around may start stopping by 7 years old

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    British Journal of Sports Medicine

    2017-03-14 10:30. Physical activity levels may start dropping off by the age of seven - much earlier than during in the often-assumed teen years - according to a UK study. The researchers measured the movements of 400 British children aged seven to Read more about Running around may start stopping by 7 years old - Scimex

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

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

    Name:
    John Reilly (via Paul Gallagher)
    Phone:
    +44 141 548 2370
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    paul.gallagher@strath.ac.uk
  6. Too much screen time linked to diabetes risk in kids

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Archives of Disease in Childhood

    2017-03-14 10:30. Daily screen time of three or more hours is linked to several risk factors associated with the development of diabetes in children, finds UK research. The researchers looked at a group of 9 and 10 year olds and their risk factors Read more about Too much screen time linked to diabetes risk in kids - Scimex

    InternationalSt George’s University of London, 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:
    Dr Claire Nightingale
    Phone:
    + 44 7921 712 881
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    cnightin@sgul.ac.uk
  7. Host immunity plays key role in emergence of drug-resistant malaria

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    PNAS

    2017-03-14 10:30. A multinational study led by Burnet Institute researchers has identified natural immunity to malaria as a key factor in the clearance of the malaria parasite, but also as a potential driver of artemisinin-resistant malaria that’s Read more about Host immunity plays key role in emergence of drug-resistant malaria - Scimex

    Australia; VICBurnet Institute|The University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Angus Morgan
    Phone:
    +61 3 8506 2404
    Position:
    Senior Media and Communications Officer
    Email:
    angus.morgan@burnet.edu.au
  8. How cobras developed flesh-eating venom

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 0930 AEDT / 1130 NZDT

    Toxins

    2017-03-14 09:30. A University of Queensland-led international study has revealed how one of the world’s most feared types of snakes - cobras - developed their potent venom. Associate Professor Bryan Fry of UQ’s School of Biological Sciences Read more about How cobras developed flesh-eating venom - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Associate Professor Bryan Fry
    Email:
    bgfry@uq.edu.au
  9. Discovery of surf breaks creates economic growth

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 0930 AEDT / 1130 NZDT

    International Surfing Symposium

    2017-03-14 09:30. New University of Sydney research has revealed high quality surf breaks boost economic growth in nearby areas. The researchers analysed satellite images of night-time lights as a ‘proxy’for economic growth and found that a Read more about Discovery of surf breaks creates economic growth - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; WAThe University of Sydney
    • Business / Politics
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Note for WA media: Nine of the top 10 fastest growing breaks in Australia are in the Margaret River/Yallingup region of Western Australia. Three of the top 10 fastest growing breaks globally are in WA. Images available.

    Name:
    Luke O'Neill
    Phone:
    +61 2 9114 1961
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    luke.oneill@sydney.edu.au
  10. Star in closest orbit ever seen around black hole

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

    2017-03-14 05:00. Astronomers have found evidence of a star that whips around a likely black hole twice an hour. This could be the tightest orbital dance ever seen by a black hole and a companion star in our own Milky Way galaxy. This discovery was Read more about Star in closest orbit ever seen around black hole - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSW; WAInternational Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Pete Wheeler
    Phone:
    +61 423 982 018
    Position:
    Media Manager & Science Communicator
    Email:
    pete.wheeler@icrar.org
  11. One in five breast cancer patients could benefit from BRCA treatments

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 0301 AEDT / 0501 NZDT

    Nature medicine

    2017-03-14 03:01. More breast cancer patients could benefit from treatments currently used only for patients with a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, an international research collaboration has shown. Health / Medical. Registered journalists should sign Read more about One in five breast cancer patients could benefit from BRCA treatments - Scimex

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

    **Embargo Tuesday 14th March 2:00AM AEST Brisbane time** Please contact Bernadette O'Connor UQ media to arrange an interview on 0431 533 209.

    Name:
    Bernadette O'Connor
    Phone:
    0431 533 209
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    bernadette.oconnor@uq.edu.au
  12. Feedback ensures winter is NOT coming

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-14 03:00. A previously unknown feedback mechanism which keeps CO2 concentrations from getting too low may have prevented the world from plunging into a 'Game of Thrones' style winter over the last 800, 000 years, say international researchers Read more about Feedback ensures winter is NOT coming - Scimex

    InternationalICREA, Barcelona, Spain
    • 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:
    Eric Galbraith
    Phone:
    +34 935 868 776
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    eric.galbraith@icrea.cat
  13. Atomic map gives malaria drug new lease on life

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Microbiology

    2017-03-14 03:00. Researchers have for the first time mapped how one of the longest-serving malaria drugs works, opening the possibility of altering its structure to make it more effective and combat increasing malaria drug resistance. The study Read more about Atomic map gives malaria drug new lease on life - Scimex

    Australia; VICWalter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
    • 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:
    Arunee Wilson
    Position:
    Community Relations
    Email:
    wilson.a@wehi.edu.au
  14. Starquakes reveal surprises about birth of stars in our galaxy

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Astronomy

    2017-03-14 03:00. A study of the internal sound waves created by starquakes, which make stars ring like a bell, has provided unprecedented insights into conditions in the turbulent gas clouds where stars were born as long as 8 billion years ago. Read more about Starquakes reveal surprises about birth of stars in our galaxy - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    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:
    Dr Dennis Stello
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 5618
    Position:
    Co-author on paper
    Email:
    d.stello@unsw.edu.au
  15. Half of Arctic sea ice decline might be caused by nature, not humans

    Publicly released: Tue 14 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Climate Change

    2017-03-14 03:00. A north American study has found that as much as half of the decline in the September Arctic sea ice could be due to a natural variability, rather than human interaction. The authors looked at atmospheric circulation over the Read more about Half of Arctic sea ice decline might be caused by nature, not humans - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, USA
    • 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:
    Qinghua Ding
    Phone:
    +1 808 728 6170
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    qinghua@ucsb.edu
  16. BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Getting your head around the Aussie electricity debate

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Mar 2017 at 1600 AEDT / 1800 NZDT

    2017-03-13 16:00. BRIEFING RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE Australia's energy future is top of mind with the release of South Australia's energy plan - but what's really behind rising power prices, blackouts and shortages? How is our grid set up, and what Read more about BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Getting your head around the Aussie electricity debate - Scimex

    AustraliaAustralian Science Media Centre|The University of New South Wales|The University of Melbourne
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Online briefing recording now available.

    Name:
    Anna Kosmynina
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
  17. Flushing out Auckland’s drug habits

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    2017-03-13 12:00. Methamphetamines are the most commonly detected illegal drug in Auckland, according to research examining two wastewater treatment plants servicing 1.3 million people living in New Zealand's largest city. Tests carried out from Read more about Flushing out Auckland’s drug habits - Scimex

    New ZealandMassey University|The University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release from Massey coming on Monday morning

    Name:
    Chris Wilknis
    Phone:
    +64 9 414 0800 extn 41330
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    c.wilkins@massey.ac.nz
  18. Meth users add up to 150,000 emergency visits each year

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    2017-03-13 12:00. Frequent methamphetamine - commonly called ice - use has a significant impact on emergency medical and psychiatric services, says a team of Australian researchers. Methamphetamine use adds between 29, 700 and 151, 800 additional Read more about Meth users add up to 150,000 emergency visits each year - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; WA; ACTCurtin University|The University of New South Wales|The University of Newcastle|Monash University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    A/Prof. Rebecca McKetin
    Phone:
    +61 8 9266 1600
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    rebecca.mcketin@curtin.edu.au
  19. Preloading is prolific among Aussie and New Zealand drinkers

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    2017-03-13 12:00. The practice of pre-drinking, or drinking at home before a night out, is prolific across four continents, including Australia and New Zealand, say researchers. A study of drinking practices in 25 countries has shown that for most Read more about Preloading is prolific among Aussie and New Zealand drinkers - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland|Addiction Switzerland Research Institute, Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Florian Labhart
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    flabhart@addictionsuisse.ch
  20. Cell's powerhouses could bring Parkinson's therapies is a step closer

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 2100 AEDT / 2300 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2017-03-10 21:00. Parkinson’s disease patients have genetic mutations that prevent their bodies removing old or dysfunctional mitochondria and forming healthy new mitochondria to provide vital cellular energy in the area of the brain that Read more about Cell's powerhouses could bring Parkinson's therapies is a step closer - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Carolyn Sue
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    carolyn.sue@sydney.edu.au