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  1. Distracted? Slowing down not a safe option

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    Accident Analysis and Prevention

    2017-04-11 11:30. Drivers who slow down while using mobile phones have the potential to increase on-road conflicts, a new QUT study warns. Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios, from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research &Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), Read more about Distracted? Slowing down not a safe option - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Sandra Hutchinson (Tue, Wed)
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 9449
    Position:
    Media officer
    Email:
    s3.hutchinson@qut.edu.au
  2. Australian researchers join international project to curb unhealthy lifetime trajectories

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 1100 AEST / 1300 NZST

    2017-04-11 11:00. The Telethon Kids Institute and The University of Western Australia are leading the Australian effort on an international project to better understand how events during pregnancy and childhood influence the development of disease Read more about Australian researchers join international project to curb unhealthy lifetime trajectories - Scimex

    Australia; WATelethon Kids Institute|The University of Western Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jasmine Raisbeck
    Phone:
    +61 8 9489 7635
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    jasmine.raisbeck@telethonkids.org.au
  3. Humans and sponges share gene regulation

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 1045 AEST / 1245 NZST

    eLife

    2017-04-11 10:45. Humans have a lot in common with the humble sea sponge, according to research that changes the way we think about animal evolution. University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences researcher Dr Milos Tanurdzic said a Read more about Humans and sponges share gene regulation - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dr Milos Tanurdzic
    Phone:
    +61 7 3365 2491
    Email:
    m.tanurdzic@uq.edu.au
  4. Sawfish v crocodiles and bull sharks

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Ecology

    2017-04-11 10:00. Murdoch scientists have shown the critically endangered sawfish found in the Kimberley region must contend with threats from two species of crocodiles and bull sharks. Location of Interest:. Australia. WA. Murdoch University. Read more about Sawfish v crocodiles and bull sharks - Scimex

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

    Researcher David Morgan can be contacted on 0428 375010. More pics and video are available. Please contact Jo Manning for this content.

    Name:
    Jo Manning
    Phone:
    +61 8 9360 2474
    Position:
    Media and communications Advisor
    Email:
    j.manning@murdoch.edu.au
  5. Legal highs with questionable contents

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    British Journal of Ophthalmology

    2017-04-11 08:30. Poppers — recreational drugs inhaled for their psychoactive effects, feelings of euphoria, and sexual arousal — have been linked to retinal damage in the back of the eye, a British study finds. The chemical composition of these Read more about Legal highs with questionable contents - Scimex

    InternationalSussex Eye Hospital, 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:
    Rebecca Rewbury
    Phone:
    + 44 778 751 1423
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    r.rewbury@gmail.com
  6. Easter seafood - keep it chilled

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 0801 AEST / 1001 NZST

    2017-04-11 08:01. Easter sees the greatest quantity of seafood sold in Australia. The Food Safety Information Council today released research that shows more Australians are more worried about the safety of seafood (96 per cent) than chicken meat Read more about Easter seafood - keep it chilled - Scimex

    Australia; ACTFood Safety Information Council
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lydia Buchtmann
    Position:
    Communications Director
    Email:
    lydia@foodsafety.asn.au
  7. Total amount of Alzheimer's protein in the brain weighs less than a grain of rice

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 0601 AEST / 0801 NZST

    Brain

    2017-04-11 06:01. Dr Blaine Roberts and his team at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne have measured the exact amount of beta amyloid in the brains of healthy people and people who died of Alzheimer’s. The average Read more about Total amount of Alzheimer's protein in the brain weighs less than a grain of rice - Scimex

    Australia; VICFlorey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For access to the paper, please contact Tom Keeble.

    Name:
    Tom Keeble
    Position:
    Media & Neurocience Communications
    Email:
    thomas.keeble@florey.edu.au
  8. Sweet dreams are made of... hot zone activity

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Neuroscience

    2017-04-11 01:00. In what could be the first step towards a Christopher Nolan's Inception-esque reality, US scientists have challenged our understanding of dreaming, and say that they can, in real time, tell when a person is dreaming during both REM Read more about Sweet dreams are made of... hot zone activity - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • 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:
    Giulio Tononi
    Phone:
    +1 608 263 6063
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    gtononi@wisc.edu
  9. Parkinson's therapy could involve reprogramming brain cells

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Biotechnology

    2017-04-11 01:00. Cells similar to dopamine neurons — a cell type that is lost in Parkinson’ s disease — can be created from other cells, according to an international study. The authors killed dopamine neurons in mice and then treated Read more about Parkinson's therapy could involve reprogramming brain cells - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
    • 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:
    Ernest Arenas
    Phone:
    +46 852 487 663
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    ernest.arenas@ki.se
  10. Escaped salmon causing fishy changes in wild ones

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology & Evolution

    2017-04-11 01:00. Escaped, farmed salmon are breeding with wild ones and changing their biology, according to an international study. The authors looked at 4, 101 Atlantic salmon captured in Norway, studied their appearance and genes, and found that Read more about Escaped salmon causing fishy changes in wild ones - Scimex

    InternationalNorwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    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:
    Geir Bolstad
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    geir.bolstad@nina.no
  11. World-first discovery of protein that causes liver disease brings hope for new treatments

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Genetics

    2017-04-11 01:00. In a world-first discovery, scientists at Sydney’ s Westmead Institute for Medical Research have identified a protein that causes liver fibrosis (scarring), paving the way for new treatments for liver disease to be developed. For Read more about World-first discovery of protein that causes liver disease brings hope for new treatments - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; QLDThe Westmead Institute for Medical Research|The University of Sydney|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society
    • 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:
    Leesa Maroske
    Position:
    Media and Communications Manager
  12. A Game of Bones - Skeleton injuries to dire wolves and sabre-tooth cats show how they hunted

    Publicly released: Tue 11 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology & Evolution

    2017-04-11 01:00. Sabre-tooth cats were ambush predators and dire wolves chased their prey down, but the US researchers who examined nearly 2, 000 remains of the Pleistocene predators say that the cats had it worse off. Their examinations found that Read more about A Game of Bones - Skeleton injuries to dire wolves and sabre-tooth cats show how they hunted - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    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:
    Caitlin Brown
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    cbrown20@ucla.edu
  13. Obesity could influence arthritis diagnosis and treatment

    Publicly released: Mon 10 Apr 2017 at 1401 AEST / 1601 NZST

    Arthritis Care & Research

    2017-04-10 14:01. Obesity may influence blood tests used to diagnose and monitor rheumatoid arthritis in women, according to an international study. The authors studied 2, 103 people with rheumatoid arthritis and compared them to the general Read more about Obesity could influence arthritis diagnosis and treatment - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Greg Richter
    Phone:
    +1 215 614 1937
    Position:
    Department of Communications
    Email:
    gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu
  14. Metro dolphins need more protection

    Publicly released: Mon 10 Apr 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    Marine Ecology Progress Series

    2017-04-10 11:30. Adelaide’s bottlenose dolphin habitats - in particular their favoured summer feeding grounds such as Hallett Cove and their shallow near-shore playgrounds in autumn - need more protection, Flinders University researchers say. A Read more about Metro dolphins need more protection - Scimex

    Australia; SAFlinders University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Nikki Zanardo
    Position:
    School of Biological Sciences
    Email:
    nikki.zanardo@flinders.edu.au
  15. Doctors should be aware of dengue danger

    Publicly released: Mon 10 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-04-10 00:01. Many Ausssies who've been hospitalised for dengue fever - commonly acquired from South-East Asia - have signs of severe disease that their doctors aren't picking up, according to an international study. The authors looked at data Read more about Doctors should be aware of dengue danger - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalMonash University|The University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Monash Media
    Phone:
    +61 3 9903 4840
    Position:
    Media managers
    Email:
    media@monash.edu
  16. Great news for wee babies: Urine samples on demand

    Publicly released: Sat 8 Apr 2017 at 2023 AEST / 2223 NZST

    The BMJ

    2017-04-08 20:23. Getting a urine sample from a very young child may be as simple as gently rubbing their stomach with cold, wet gauze, an Australian study has shown. ‘ Quick-Wee,’ a method developed by Dr Jonathan Kaufman and his team from the Read more about Great news for wee babies: Urine samples on demand - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Katherine Loftus
    Position:
    Senior Communications Advisor
    Email:
    katherine.loftus@mcri.edu.au
  17. On World Parkinson’s Day, “fish with Parkinson’s” uncover a druggable pathway

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 1300 AEST / 1500 NZST

    Cell Chemical Biology

    2017-04-07 13:00. A first-of-its-kind, multifactorial model of Parkinson’s disease in zebrafish has been developed at Sydney's Garvan Institute. Researchers used the model to identify a cellular pathway as a possible new target for future therapies Read more about On World Parkinson’s Day, “fish with Parkinson’s” uncover a druggable pathway - Scimex

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

    Contact Meredith Ross (Garvan; 0439 873258) for further information or to speak with a Garvan researcher

    Name:
    Meredith Ross
    Position:
    Science Media and Communications Coordinator
    Email:
    m.ross@garvan.org.au
  18. 40% of rural and remote pregnant Indigenous women experience PTSD symptoms

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-04-07 12:00. Around 40 per cent of rural and remote Indigenous women experience post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, according to a NSW study. The authors surveyed 150 pregnant Indigenous women about stressful life events they'd experienced Read more about 40% of rural and remote pregnant Indigenous women experience PTSD symptoms - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Kym Rae
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    kym.rae@newcastle.edu.au
  19. What's new in CRISPR?

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    Science

    2017-04-07 10:30. The recent advances in CRISPR (new gene-editing technology) have been reviewed by a group of researchers, including a University of Otago scientist. The technology comes from the defence arsenal of bacteria, where it’s used to Read more about What's new in CRISPR? - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Paper available via EurekaAlert.

    Name:
    Peter Fineran
    Phone:
    +64 3 479 7735
    Position:
    Corresponding Author
    Email:
    peter.fineran@otago.ac.nz
  20. Reduce risk of stroke using personalised app

    Publicly released: Fri 7 Apr 2017 at 1030 AEST / 1230 NZST

    BMJ Global Health

    2017-04-07 10:30. A new app could help reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease by motivating people to reduce their own risk, according to new research from Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Strokes are on the increase and not just among Read more about Reduce risk of stroke using personalised app - Scimex

    New ZealandAUT University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Valery Feigin
    Phone:
    +64 9 9 921 9166
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    valery.feigin@aut.ac.nz