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  1. Viruses play host leap-frog to evolve

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    PLOS Pathogens

    2017-03-10 12:00. Viruses tend to bounce around to different species, where they adapt and spread, say Australian researchers, who add that this cross-species transmission happens more often than expected. This movement might play a larger role in Read more about Viruses play host leap-frog to evolve - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VICThe University of Sydney|The University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Edward Holmes
    Phone:
    +61 2 9 351-5591
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    edward.holmes@sydney.edu.au
  2. Screening of all pregnancies could cut pre term births

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-03-10 12:00. All pregnancies should be screened to detect women who have a short cervix and may be at risk of pre-term birth, according to Australian experts. The length of a woman's cervix mid-pregnancy can be used to predict the likelihood of Read more about Screening of all pregnancies could cut pre term births - Scimex

    Australia; SA; WAThe University of Western Australia|The University of Adelaide|South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release now available.

    Name:
    Jess Reid
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 6876
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
  3. Training needed to increase use of long acting contraceptives

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

    2017-03-10 12:00. Long acting removable contraceptives (LARC) are one of the best methods of decreasing unintended pregnancies. However, the devices have a very low uptake. Because of this, Aussie experts met for a roundtable discussion to break Read more about Training needed to increase use of long acting contraceptives - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VICMonash University|The University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Professor Danielle Mazza
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    danielle.mazza@monash.edu
  4. Octagenarians in China less healthy than generation before

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    The Lancet

    2017-03-10 10:30. While China’s oldest section of the population (aged 80-105) is growing, they are less healthy than previous generations, according to a new research using data from the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Study. Those Read more about Octagenarians in China less healthy than generation before - Scimex

    InternationalPeking University, China
    • 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:
    Qiushi Feng
    Phone:
    +65 6516 4420
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    fengqiushi@nus.edu.sg
  5. Cycling is very safe in NZ, despite fear of injury

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Journal of Transport & Health

    2017-03-10 10:30. While fear of injury may be the number one reason cited for not cycling in New Zealand, new research has found that the risk is very small and even if you rode a bike three times a week, on average, you would only suffer an injury Read more about Cycling is very safe in NZ, despite fear of injury - Scimex

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

    Media release written by Prof Alistair Woodward.

    Name:
    Alistair Woodward
    Phone:
    +64 9 923 6361
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    a.woodward@auckland.ac.nz
  6. Pelvic fracture linked to older adults' earlier deaths

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 1000 AEDT / 1200 NZDT

    Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

    2017-03-10 10:00. Those over 60 years old have a higher risk of dying in the first eight months after a pelvic fracture, compared to those without a fracture, according to a German study. The authors analysed German health insurance data from just Read more about Pelvic fracture linked to older adults' earlier deaths - Scimex

    InternationalHeinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Silke Andrich
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    silke.andrich@ddz.uni-duesseldorf.de
  7. New technique for eliminating toxic chemicals linked to firefighting foam contamination

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 0900 AEDT / 1100 NZDT

    2017-03-10 09:00. Australia’ s leading organisation for contamination clean-up has developed a new approach to breaking down potentially harmful contaminants that have been detected at firefighter-training locations, including airports and other Read more about New technique for eliminating toxic chemicals linked to firefighting foam contamination - Scimex

    Australia; NSWCRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CARE)|The University of Newcastle
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    CRC CARE Managing Director and CEO Professor Ravi Naidu will be available for interviews.

    Name:
    Adam Barclay
    Phone:
    +61 2 4033 9439
    Position:
    Communication Manager
    Email:
    adam.barclay@crccare.com
  8. Imposters lie hidden within army ant ranks

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Current Biology

    2017-03-10 04:00. On at least 12 separate occasions, rove beetles have evolved to mimic army ants so they can infiltrate their nests and eat the young, new international research shows. The imposters have changed their body shape, behaviour and Read more about Imposters lie hidden within army ant ranks - Scimex

    InternationalColumbia University, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available.

    Name:
    Joseph Parker
    Phone:
    +1 212 305- 575
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Jp2488@cumc.columbia.edu
  9. Acupuncture used by up to 1 in 10 Aussie women

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Acupuncture in Medicine

    2017-03-10 00:01. Acupuncture is used by around 1 in 10 Aussie women aged 34– 39 years and around 1 in 16 women aged 62– 67 years, according to data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. The study also found that women with Read more about Acupuncture used by up to 1 in 10 Aussie women - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jon Adams
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Jon.Adams@uts.edu.au
  10. Survey reveals cannabis use in Australians with epilepsy

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Epilepsy & Behaviour

    2017-03-10 00:01. People with epilepsy resort to cannabis products when anti-epileptic drug side-effects are intolerable and epilepsy uncontrolled. The first Australian nationwide survey on the experiences and opinions of medicinal cannabis use in Read more about Survey reveals cannabis use in Australians with epilepsy - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Kobi Print
    Phone:
    +61 481 012 729
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    kobi.print@sydney.edu.au
  11. Immunotherapy trial cures Tasmanian devils of DFTD

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 2101 AEDT / 2301 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2017-03-09 21:01. An international study involving multiple institutions over six years has shown that immunotherapy can cure Tasmanian devils of the deadly devil facial tumour disease (DFTD). Health / Medical. Environment / Climate / Energy. Read more about Immunotherapy trial cures Tasmanian devils of DFTD - Scimex

    Australia; TASUniversity of Tasmania|Menzies Institute for Medical Research
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Miranda Harman
    Phone:
    +61 3 6226 7751
    Position:
    Institute Marketing and Communications Manager
    Email:
    miranda.harman@utas.edu.au
  12. Help to melt down those chocolate cravings

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 1830 AEDT / 2030 NZDT

    Appetite

    2017-03-09 18:30. Does a bowl full of luscious Lindt balls make you drool? Or rather than a smooth, sweet chocolate with your afternoon tea, can you instead think of a peaceful walk on a beach? Psychology researchers at Flinders University are Read more about Help to melt down those chocolate cravings - Scimex

    Australia; SAFlinders University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Sophie Schumacher
    Phone:
    +61 8 8201 2565
    Position:
    PhD candidate, Psychology
    Email:
    Sophie.Schumacher@flinders.edu.au
  13. Robots to the rescue: Australian team in running for US$5 million prize

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 1601 AEDT / 1801 NZDT

    2017-03-09 16:01. A team of five robots and 10 engineers from UNSW will represent Australia at the US$5 million Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition, the world’s richest, battling 24 teams from 11 countries. Tech / Engineering / Read more about Robots to the rescue: Australian team in running for US$5 million prize - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Sport
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Mark Whitty
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 4230
    Position:
    Lecturer in Mechatronics Engineering
    Email:
    m.whitty@unsw.edu.au
  14. Nurses central to getting diabetes care off to a better start

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 1300 AEDT / 1500 NZDT

    BMJ

    2017-03-09 13:00. Giving primary health care nurses a greater role in managing Type 2 Diabetes can significantly reduce delays in starting insulin treatment, a team of researchers led by the University of Melbourne has found. Health / Medical. Read more about Nurses central to getting diabetes care off to a better start - Scimex

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Elisabeth Lopez
    Phone:
    +61 3 8344 2704
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    elopez@unimelb.edu.au
  15. Update of epilepsy seizure types will aid treatment

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Epilepsia

    2017-03-09 12:00. For the first time in nearly 30 years, Australian researchers have helped create a new classification system for epilepsy, which includes many types of seizures not captured in the older version. The revised classifications takes Read more about Update of epilepsy seizure types will aid treatment - Scimex

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Elizabeth Lopez
    Phone:
    +61 3 834 42704
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    lopez.e@unimelb.edu.au
  16. Staying connected a key to beating baby blues

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

    2017-03-09 10:30. Women who maintain connections with their social groups after having a baby are at lower risk of developing postnatal depression, according to University of Queensland research. Health / Medical. Society / Lifestyle. Registered Read more about Staying connected a key to beating baby blues - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dani Nash
    Phone:
    +61 7 3346 3035
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    dani.nash@uq.edu.au
  17. Better dental care needed for people living with MS

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology

    2017-03-09 10:30. Many Australians living with multiple sclerosis (MS) do not receive adequate oral health care or access to dental services. These are the findings of a new study led by UQ School of Dentistry researcher Dr Kelsey Pateman. Health / Read more about Better dental care needed for people living with MS - Scimex

    Australia; 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
  18. The real tragedy on Married At First Sight that Australia should be talking about….

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 1000 AEDT / 1200 NZDT

    2017-03-09 10:00. Sometimes from the most obtuse places come the critical discussions. This is one discussion that Australia needs to have, now. Health / Medical. Society / Lifestyle. Registered journalists should sign in (top right) for full access Read more about The real tragedy on Married At First Sight that Australia should be talking about…. - Scimex

    Australia; NSWMelanoma Institute Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jennifer Durante
    Phone:
    +61 2 9911 7217
    Position:
    Head of Communications
    Email:
    jennifer.durante@melanoma.org.au
  19. Prehistoric fish blaze trail in the early vertebrate textbook

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 0600 AEDT / 0800 NZDT

    PLOS ONE

    2017-03-09 06:00. A fresh glimpse into the early evolution of jawed vertebrates has been unearthed with the discovery of Sparalepis tingi, a weird, ancient bony fish from about 423 million years ago, in the Silurian Period. An international team of Read more about Prehistoric fish blaze trail in the early vertebrate textbook - Scimex

    Australia; SAFlinders University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    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:
    Dr Brian Choo
    Phone:
    +61 8 8201 3498
    Position:
    Palaeontologist
    Email:
    brian.choo@flinders.edu.au
  20. Don't be a dope - alcohol and cannabis linked to lower grades

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 0600 AEDT / 0800 NZDT

    PLOS ONE

    2017-03-09 06:00. A study of college students in the US has found that those who consume medium-to-high levels of alcohol and marijuana have lower grades than their peers, even though they had previously performed just as well on pre-college tests. Read more about Don't be a dope - alcohol and cannabis linked to lower grades - Scimex

    InternationalHartford Hospital/Institute of Living, USA
    • 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:
    Shashwath Meda
    Phone:
    +1 860 545 7483
    Position:
    Author