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  1. Neuroblastoma tumour blood supply stopped in its tracks by dextran-catechin

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 1900 AEST / 2100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-08-09 19:00. Researchers have discovered how a modified natural compound disrupts angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessel networks, in tumours and stops them laying down the vital supply lines that fuel cancer growth and spread. The Read more about Neuroblastoma tumour blood supply stopped in its tracks by dextran-catechin - Scimex

    Australia; NSWChildren's Cancer Institute Australia|The University of New South Wales|ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Carrie Bengston
    Position:
    Research Communications Manager
    Email:
    cbengston@ccia.org.au
  2. EXPERT REACTION: PM Turnbull pressures power companies to give Aussies a better deal

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 1457 AEST / 1657 NZST

    2017-08-09 14:57. With electricity bills climbing ever higher, PM Malcolm Turnbull met with power company bosses this morning to ask for a better deal for Australians. Energy Australia, Momentum Energy, Simply Energy, Alinta Energy, Origin Energy, Read more about EXPERT REACTION: PM Turnbull pressures power companies to give Aussies a better deal - Scimex

    Australia; VICAustralian Science Media Centre
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    AusSMC
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  3. A fresh look at the ethics of animal research

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 1401 AEST / 1601 NZST

    Pharmacology Research & Perspectives

    2017-08-09 14:01. Guidelines for the ethical use of animals in scientific research have been developed relatively recently, and, in a new paper, Australian scientists take a fresh look at the evolution of animal experimentation and the alternatives Read more about A fresh look at the ethics of animal research - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Rajaraman Eri
    Phone:
    +61 3 6324 5476
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    rajaraman.eri@utas.edu.au
  4. Australia and New Zealand's asthma management compared

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 1401 AEST / 1601 NZST

    Respirology

    2017-08-09 14:01. Scientists compared asthma management in Australia and New Zealand and found that, while different medications and treatments were used, the health outcomes were similar. The countries have similar asthma prevalence and public Read more about Australia and New Zealand's asthma management compared - Scimex

    Australia; New ZealandWoolcock Institute of Medical Research|Macquarie University|The University of Melbourne|Murdoch Childrens Research Institute|University of Otago|Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Adolescent Health; Canterbury District Health Board, NZ
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Helen Redde
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    helen.reddel@sydney.edu.au
  5. EXPERT REACTION: Could vitamin B protect people from melanoma?

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 1401 AEST / 1601 NZST

    Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine

    2017-08-09 14:01. Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in the Australian population, and Australian scientists are suggesting vitamin B3 should be investigated as a low cost way of preventing melanoma in high risk individuals. A form of vitamin Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Could vitamin B protect people from melanoma? - Scimex

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

    AusSMC is collecting comments from independent experts.

    Name:
    Gary Halliday
    Phone:
    +61 2 9515 6762
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    gary.halliday@sydney.edu.au
  6. Women with eating disorders more likely to be criminals

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 1401 AEST / 1601 NZST

    International Journal of Eating Disorders

    2017-08-09 14:01. Women with eating disorders are more likely to have criminal convictions, according to a Swedish analysis of nearly 960, 000 females. Among women with anorexia, 12 per cent had theft convictions, while 18 per cent of bulimics had Read more about Women with eating disorders more likely to be criminals - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Shuyang Yao
    Position:
    Study Author
    Email:
    shuyang.yao@ki.se
  7. Melbourne exhibition explores beauty of biomedical discovery

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 0949 AEST / 1149 NZST

    2017-08-09 09:49. Art of Science 11-20 August at Melbourne’s Federation Square is a visual journey telling stories of exploration and discovery from the front line of Australian medical research. The exhibition features images and movies captured Read more about Melbourne exhibition explores beauty of biomedical discovery - Scimex

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

    Interviews available with: Institute director Professor Doug Hilton ABC Ask the Doctor's Dr Shalin Naik Head of the Institute’s Centre for Dynamic Imaging Dr Kelly Rogers Researchers whose work is in the exhibition - both laboratory heads and students. Other images and movies available on request.

    Name:
    Arunee Wilson
    Phone:
    +61 478 714 757
    Position:
    Communications Advisor
    Email:
    wilson.a@wehi.edu.au
  8. We're all social creatures - apart from tweens

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-08-09 09:01. Humans are hard-wired to interact with friends and family, but UK researchers have turned up a surprising result that suggests tweenagers go through a dip in the motivation to be social. In the study, participants were given the Read more about We're all social creatures - apart from tweens - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity 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:
    Dr Indu Dubey
    Phone:
    +44 7424 506 591
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    i.dubey@ucl.ac.uk; jhanwidubey@gmail.com
  9. When scared, we grab others to save ourselves

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-08-09 09:01. We tend to grab each other when we're scared, and new research from Switzerland suggests it's mostly to protect ourselves. It's hard to observe responses to danger in the real world, so the researchers showed participants photos of Read more about When scared, we grab others to save ourselves - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Guillaume Dezecache
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    guillaume.dezecache@gmail.com
  10. Native pollinators struggle when land-use intensifies

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    2017-08-09 09:01. Do we still need a variety of different pollinators if we have the European honey bee? Kiwi researchers found that as land use intensifies, the number of native pollinator species drops (particularly our native bees), but exotic Read more about Native pollinators struggle when land-use intensifies - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland|Plant and Food Research
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jaimie Stavert (PhD student), Jacqueline Beggs (supervisor)
    Phone:
    +64 9 923 6823 (Jacqueline Beggs)
    Position:
    Authors
    Email:
    jamie.stavert@gmail.com, j.beggs@auckland.ac.nz
  11. Eradicating exotic pests with ‘infertility genes’ may be possible

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B

    2017-08-09 09:01. University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it may be possible to eradicate populations of invasive pest animals through the inheritance of a negative gene – a technique known as a gene drive. The researchers showed by Read more about Eradicating exotic pests with ‘infertility genes’ may be possible - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Dr Thomas Prowse
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 9861
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    thomas.prowse@adelaide.edu.au
  12. Indigenous people more likely to have hepatitis

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 0801 AEST / 1001 NZST

    World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis

    2017-08-09 08:01. An analysis of global hepatitis to be presented at the World Indigenous Peoples’Conference on Viral Hepatitis in Alaska, USA, shows that Indigenous people are up to ten times more likely to be infected by hepatitis than the Read more about Indigenous people more likely to have hepatitis - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalThe Polaris Observatory, USA; World Hepatitis Alliance, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    This is a conference presentation, so there is no paper and the work has yet to be peer reviewed.

    Name:
    Dr Homie Razavi
    Phone:
    +1 720 890 4848
    Position:
    Research presenter
    Email:
    homie.razavi@centerforda.com
  13. Hormone injections boost mouse memory

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell Reports

    2017-08-09 02:00. Injections of a naturally occurring hormone improved memory and countered poor brain function in mice, according to a US study, and the cognitive benefits lasted for several weeks. High levels of the hormone 'klotho' are associated Read more about Hormone injections boost mouse memory - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dena Dubal
    Phone:
    +1 415 502 7237
    Position:
    Study author
    Email:
    Dena.Dubal@ucsf.edu
  14. Make new memories? I could do that in my sleep

    Publicly released: Wed 9 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-08-09 01:00. We can actually form new memories while we sleep, but only during certain sleep phases, according to French researchers. While measuring brain activity, the authors played participants various sounds while they slept. Once awake, Read more about Make new memories? I could do that in my sleep - Scimex

    InternationalPSL Research University, France
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    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:
    Thomas Andrillon
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    thomas.andrillon@gmail.com
  15. Role of evidence in policymaking to be redefined in Canberra

    Publicly released: Tue 8 Aug 2017 at 1230 AEST / 1430 NZST

    2017-08-08 12:30. More than 100 scientists and policymakers are meeting in Canberra today to discuss how the challenges facing society can be informed by science and technology. The experts will discuss why evidence, research and reason lead to the Read more about Role of evidence in policymaking to be redefined in Canberra - Scimex

    Australia; ACTScience and Technology Australia
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dion Pretorius
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    dion.pretorius@sta.org.au
  16. Artificial womb keeps lambs alive, raising hopes for preemies

    Publicly released: Tue 8 Aug 2017 at 1224 AEST / 1424 NZST

    The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

    2017-08-08 12:24. Premature lambs have been kept alive in an artificial womb for a week, and researchers say the technology could one day be a lifesaver for extremely premature babies. The study, which took place in Western Australia, used a Read more about Artificial womb keeps lambs alive, raising hopes for preemies - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia|The Women and Infants Research Foundation
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Richie Hodgson
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    richie@wirf.com.au
  17. 'Ego-dissolving' psychedelic drugs could assist with mental health

    Publicly released: Tue 8 Aug 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Neuroscience of Consciousness; Aeon

    2017-08-08 12:00. The altered state of consciousness and temporary lack of ego that results from using psychedelic drugs could help some mental health patients recover from their symptoms, according to academics at the University of Adelaide. Read more about 'Ego-dissolving' psychedelic drugs could assist with mental health - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Professor Philip Gerrans
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    philip.gerrans@adelaide.edu.au
  18. EXPERT REACTION: Are sleepy drivers as dangerous as drunks?

    Publicly released: Tue 8 Aug 2017 at 1122 AEST / 1322 NZST

    2017-08-08 11:22. The Sleep Health Foundation has just released a report, compiled by Deloitte Access Economics, on the economic costs of sleep deprivation in Australia. The report states that four in ten Aussies fail to get the sleep they need, Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Are sleepy drivers as dangerous as drunks? - Scimex

    Australia; SAAustralian Science Media Centre|University of South Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Ben Kaldi
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Position:
    Science Information Officer
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  19. Invasive or rewilding? Global megafauna study calls for rethink on conservation values

    Publicly released: Tue 8 Aug 2017 at 1105 AEST / 1305 NZST

    Ecography

    2017-08-08 11:05. Researchers from Arizona State University and UTS: Centre for Compassionate Conservation (CfCC), as well as Oregon State University, have called for a reassessment of conservation values and attitudes surrounding introduced species Read more about Invasive or rewilding? Global megafauna study calls for rethink on conservation values - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Marea Martlew
    Phone:
    +61 2 9514 1766
    Position:
    Media and PR Advisor, Faculty of Science
    Email:
    marea.martlew@uts.edu.au
  20. Lizard venom may contain clues to treating blood clots

    Publicly released: Tue 8 Aug 2017 at 0958 AEST / 1158 NZST

    Toxins

    2017-08-08 09:58. Various types of lizard venom are being studied as possible treatments for blood clotting diseases that lead to millions of cases of stroke, heart attack, and deep-vein thrombosis annually. University of Queensland School of Read more about Lizard venom may contain clues to treating blood clots - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Queensland
    • Health / Medical
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Associate Professor Bryan Fry
    Email:
    bgfry@uq.edu.au,