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  1. New research shows Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle doesn’t stray far from home

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Journal of Avian Biology

    2017-06-13 12:00. Despite its size and capacity to travel long distances, new research shows the endangered Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle does not travel far from ‘home’. Location of Interest:. Australia. SA. WA. TAS. University of Tasmania, The Read more about New research shows Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle doesn’t stray far from home - Scimex

    Australia; SA; WA; TASUniversity of Tasmania|The University of Adelaide|Murdoch University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Chris Burridge
    Position:
    Researcher
    Email:
    Chris.Burridge@utas.edu.au
  2. Beat your beefy belly with a veggie diet

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    Journal of the American College of Nutrition

    2017-06-13 11:30. If you're feeling like a bit of a porker, international researchers say that going vegetarian can help you lose more weight than regular low-calorie diets, as well as boosting your metabolism. People with type 2 diabetes were Read more about Beat your beefy belly with a veggie diet - Scimex

    InternationalInstitute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Hana Kahleová
    Phone:
    +1 202 417 4424
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    hana.kahleova@gmail.com
  3. Australia a global hotspot of 'alien' plants and mammals

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    Nature Ecology and Evolution

    2017-06-13 11:30. Islands and mainland coastal regions are the world’ s hotspots for alien plant and animal species, according to an international study, including Australian authors. The researchers looked at global patterns of a variety of Read more about Australia a global hotspot of 'alien' plants and mammals - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Phill Cassey
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 4042
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    phill.cassey@adelaide.edu.au
  4. Fossil clues help to determine ocean’s role in causing last Ice Age

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 1120 AEST / 1320 NZST

    Earth and Planetary Science Letters

    2017-06-13 11:20. Tiny fossils found in ocean sediments are helping scientists from IMAS and Canada to determine how the prehistoric ocean contributed to the last Ice Age 125, 000 to 18, 000 years ago. Published in the journal Earth and Planetary Read more about Fossil clues help to determine ocean’s role in causing last Ice Age - Scimex

    Australia; TASInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Please contact Andrew Rhodes for details on obtaining the paper.

    Name:
    Andrew Rhodes
    Phone:
    +3 6226 6683
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    ajrhodes@utas.edu.au
  5. Psychology has a diversity problem

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 1001 AEST / 1201 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

    2017-06-13 10:01. Lack of diversity in psychological research is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, according to an Australian academic. Location of Interest:. Australia. QLD. The University of Queensland. Other Science. Last updated:Mon Read more about Psychology has a diversity problem - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dani Nash
    Phone:
    +61 7 3346 3035
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    dani.nash@uq.edu.au
  6. Major study heralds new era in treatment of type 2 diabetes

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 0915 AEST / 1115 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    2017-06-13 09:15. A drug that lowers blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes has also been revealed to significantly reduce the risk of both cardiovascular and kidney disease. The study by The George Institute for Global Health has major Read more about Major study heralds new era in treatment of type 2 diabetes - Scimex

    Australia; NSWGeorge Institute for Global Health
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Julia Timms
    Phone:
    0410411983
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    jtimms@georgeinstitute.org.au
  7. What's the biggest alien threat to islands?

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 0700 AEST / 0900 NZST

    Environmental Conservation

    2017-06-13 07:00. Islands are particularly vulnerable to invasions by alien species, and Kiwi scientists have now defined the 15 top invaders worldwide. While Marvin and Spock don't quite make the list, rodents, ants and mosquitoes dominate because Read more about What's the biggest alien threat to islands? - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Contact us for the paper. Press release from The University of Auckland.

    Name:
    James Russel
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    j.russell@auckland.ac.nz
  8. Muscle growth finding may assist with cancer treatment

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 0500 AEST / 0700 NZST

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    2017-06-13 05:00. Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) researchers have collaboratively developed a therapeutic approach that dramatically promotes the growth of muscle mass, which could potentially prevent muscle wasting in Read more about Muscle growth finding may assist with cancer treatment - Scimex

    Australia; VICMonash University
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Ruth Schneider
    Phone:
    +61 408 681 293
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    ruth.schneider@monash.edu
  9. Peering deeper into the ‘matrix’

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Medicine

    2017-06-13 01:00. The extracellular matrix, which surrounds our cells, has a profound impact on how cells behave and is important in the progression and spread of cancer. Now, researchers have developed an intuitive new way to dissolve cells away Read more about Peering deeper into the ‘matrix’ - Scimex

    Australia; NSWGarvan Institute of Medical Research
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    This research in this paper was largely carried out at the University of Copenhagen. However, Dr Thomas Cox, one of the paper's lead researchers, has now relocated to Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, bringing with him considerable expertise in the analysis of the extracellular matrix in tissues and tumours.

    Name:
    Meredith Ross
    Phone:
    +61 439 873258
    Position:
    Science Media and Communications Coordinator
    Email:
    m.ross@garvan.org.au
  10. High school drop outs at higher heart risk

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    2017-06-13 01:00. People with lower levels of education are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, according to US research. The study followed almost 14, 000 people for 26 years and found that the risk of developing cardiovascular disease was Read more about High school drop outs at higher heart risk - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Minnesota, 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:
    Paige Calhoun
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    pcalhoun@umn.edu
  11. 1000 new genomes to underpin products of future

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Biotechnology

    2017-06-13 01:00. The culmination of almost a decade’ s worth of work has seen more than 1000 new microbial genomes unveiled. University of Queensland School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences researcher Professor Philip Hugenholtz said the Read more about 1000 new genomes to underpin products of future - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Professor Philip Hugenholtz
    Phone:
    +61 7 336 53822
    Position:
    Director, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics
    Email:
    p.hugenholtz@uq.edu.au
  12. This is not just any carrot...this is a twisted citrus-glazed carrot

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Internal Medicine

    2017-06-13 01:00. Are veggies the victim of poor PR? US researchers tested whether giving veg luxurious labels such as “twisted citrus-glazed carrots”or “sweet sizzilin’green beans" made them more enticing. The fancy-sounding names boosted Read more about This is not just any carrot...this is a twisted citrus-glazed carrot - Scimex

    InternationalStanford 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:
    Bradley Turnwald
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    turnwald@stanford.edu
  13. Lights off to save the planet might darken support for climate policy

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Climate Change

    2017-06-13 01:00. By encouraging us to switch off lights and cut our energy use, campaigns like Earth Hour could be undermining support for government policies to address climate change, according to Japanese scientists. They looked at peoples' Read more about Lights off to save the planet might darken support for climate policy - Scimex

    InternationalStanford University, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    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:
    Seth Werfel
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    swerfel@stanford.edu
  14. Experts call on government to curb child injuries and cut $2.1 billion injury bill

    Publicly released: Tue 13 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    A 10-year review of the characteristics and health outcomes of injury-related hospitalisations of children in Australia

    2017-06-13 00:01. The federal government should establish a national injury prevention plan, say the authors of a new report putting the cost of treating more 680, 000 children hospitalised for injuries at $2.1 billion in the ten years to 2012. Read more about Experts call on government to curb child injuries and cut $2.1 billion injury bill - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dan Gaffney
    Phone:
    0481004782
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au
  15. Expert Q&A: Community water fluoridation

    Publicly released: Mon 12 Jun 2017 at 0800 AEST / 1000 NZST

    2017-06-12 08:00. As parliament considers a bill to put decision-making about community water fluoridation in the hands of district health boards, fluoridation is likely to remain a polarising issue for some communities. The SMC asked New Zealand Read more about Expert Q&A: Community water fluoridation - Scimex

    New ZealandScience Media Centre (New Zealand)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    Phone:
    +64 4 499 5476
    Position:
    Media Advisor
    Email:
    smc@sciencemediacentre.co.nz
  16. Mental disorders stable in Australia, but psychiatric disability pensions rise

    Publicly released: Mon 12 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-12 00:01. Between 2001 and 2014, there was no increase in common mental disorders in Australia, say Aussie and Norwegian researchers, but the number of working age individuals receiving a disability support pension (DSP) for psychiatric Read more about Mental disorders stable in Australia, but psychiatric disability pensions rise - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLDThe University of New South Wales|Black Dog Institute|The University of Melbourne|The University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Samuel Harvey via Emily Cook
    Position:
    Author
  17. Adult male farmers most at risk of contracting monkey malaria in Malaysia

    Publicly released: Sat 10 Jun 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Planetary Health

    2017-06-10 08:30. An international team of researchers has identified risk factors in humans which have contributed to the rise in cases of Plasmodium knowlesi (P. knowlesi) malaria as the latest threat to eliminating malaria throughout Southeast Read more about Adult male farmers most at risk of contracting monkey malaria in Malaysia - Scimex

    Australia; International; NTMenzies School of Health Research
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Dr Grigg is available for interview prior to the embargo on Friday June 9 2017. Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.

    Name:
    Paul Dale
    Phone:
    +61 8 8946 8658
    Position:
    Senior communications officer
    Email:
    paul.dale@menzies.edu.au
  18. Drug combo helps kids with cystic fibrosis breathe easy

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 1830 AEST / 2030 NZST

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

    2017-06-09 18:30. Kids with cystic fibrosis - a disease that causes the lungs and digestive system to be clogged up with thick mucus - can be helped with a combo of two drugs in as little as 15 days, suggests Australian, Canadian, and US researchers. Read more about Drug combo helps kids with cystic fibrosis breathe easy - Scimex

    Australia; NSWChildren's Hospital at Westmead|The University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Paul Robinson
    Phone:
    +61 2 9845 3396
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    paul.robinson@woolcock.org.au
  19. EXPERT REACTION: Finkel Report - Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 1400 AEST / 1600 NZST

    2017-06-09 14:00. Australia’ s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel has unveiled a blueprint to optimise the National Electricity Market. Dr Finkel presented the Final Report of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Finkel Report - Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market - Scimex

    AustraliaAustralian Science Media Centre
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lyndal Byford
    Phone:
    +61871208666
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  20. Important new player in prostate cancer

    Publicly released: Fri 9 Jun 2017 at 1230 AEST / 1430 NZST

    Cancer Research

    2017-06-09 12:30. An international study led by University of Adelaide researchers has identified a new gene of interest linked to prostate cancer – and it's a gene with a split personality: it appears to play a major role in promoting cancer Read more about Important new player in prostate cancer - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Luke Selth
    Phone:
    +61 8 8222 3618
    Position:
    Senior Research Fellow, Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories, Adelaide Medical School, Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health
    Email:
    luke.selth@adelaide.edu.au