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  1. Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used ‘aspirin’

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-09 05:00. Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals – our nearest extinct relative – has provided remarkable new insights into their behaviour, diet and evolutionary history, including their use of plant-based medicine to Read more about Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used ‘aspirin’ - Scimex

    InternationalThe University of Adelaide|University of Liverpool
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Other Science
    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 Laura Weyrich
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    laura.weyrich@adelaide.edu.au
  2. Don’t relax drug approval process, experts warn

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-09 05:00. Experts are warning that moves to deregulate America’ s drug approval process could see a flood of unproven and even harmful new drugs enter the market that could threaten human health. Health / Medical. Registered journalists Read more about Don’t relax drug approval process, experts warn - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Sydney
    • 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:
    Dan Gaffney
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au
  3. Silk Road routes emerged from the footsteps of nomads

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-09 05:00. The routes through the mountainous sections of the Silk Road, through central Asia, were shaped by the seasonal migration of nomadic herders, according to new research from the US. The Silk Road was a complex network of pathways Read more about Silk Road routes emerged from the footsteps of nomads - Scimex

    InternationalWashington University in St. Louis, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available. 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:
    Michael Frachetti
    Phone:
    +1 267 265 4392
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    frachetti@wustl.edu
  4. NEWS BRIEFING: Hair sample DNA reveals Aboriginal arrival, spread, and stay

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-09 05:00. RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE Aboriginal Australians settled the land in one quick sweep and have stayed in specific areas for tens of thousands of years, according to an Australian-led study. The group analysed the DNA in more than 100 Read more about NEWS BRIEFING: Hair sample DNA reveals Aboriginal arrival, spread, and stay - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SAThe University of Adelaide|South Australian Museum|The University of New South Wales|Australian National University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video available. 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. A Media Call will also be held at the South Australian Museum on Thursday 9 March at 11.00 AEDT (10.30am Adelaide time). Contact us for more information

    Name:
    Anna Kosmynina
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  5. Flu virus can take advantage of pregnant mums

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Cell Host & Microbe

    2017-03-09 04:00. Contracting the flu when pregnant, gives the flu virus a chance to mutate into more virulent strains because the mother’s immune system is dampened, according to a new study by German researchers using mice. The researchers Read more about Flu virus can take advantage of pregnant mums - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
    • Health / Medical
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    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Gülsah Gabriel
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    guelsah.gabriel@hpi.uni-hamburg.de
  6. You can train your brain to have a super memory

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Neuron

    2017-03-09 04:00. Forget just remembering your shopping list, having a super memory and remembering lists of dozens of names at a time is a skill that can be learned say international researchers. They studied the brains of 23 top competitors in the Read more about You can train your brain to have a super memory - Scimex

    InternationalRadboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Martin Dresler
    Phone:
    +31 24 36 10984
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Martin.dresler@donders.ru.nl
  7. New survey finds “Peter Pan” radio galaxies that may never grow up

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Mar 2017 at 0301 AEDT / 0501 NZDT

    Astrophysical Journal

    2017-03-09 03:01. Astronomers have doubled the number of known young, compact radio galaxies — galaxies powered by newly energized black holes — but many never make it to the 'adult phase'. Tech / Engineering / Space. Registered journalists Read more about New survey finds “Peter Pan” radio galaxies that may never grow up - Scimex

    AustraliaARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)|Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto, Canada
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Wiebke Ebeling
    Phone:
    +61 8 9266 9174
    Position:
    CAASTRO Education & Outreach Manager
    Email:
    wiebke.ebeling@curtin.edu.au
  8. Snuggle, run or cry: What’s your ‘normal’ after sex?

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 1410 AEDT / 1610 NZDT

    2017-03-08 14:10. A new QUT study is looking to lift the covers off people’s feelings, emotions and actions immediately after sexual activity. QUT Professor Robert Schweitzer, who has published research on the phenomenon of postcoital dysphoria or Read more about Snuggle, run or cry: What’s your ‘normal’ after sex? - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Sandra Hutchinson
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 9449
    Position:
    Media Officer (Tue, Wed)
    Email:
    s3.hutchinson@qut.edu.au
  9. Horse injuries show kids should wear a helmet even when just horsing around

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

    2017-03-08 12:00. A study of kids admitted to a children’s hospital in Brisbane as a result of horse-related trauma has found that a significant proportion of injuries occur during non-riding handling activities, such as feeding, leading and Read more about Horse injuries show kids should wear a helmet even when just horsing around - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland|Bond University|Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Dr Jane Eliza Theodore
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jane.theodore@health.qld.gov.au
  10. Do pheromones exist in humans?

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    The Royal Society Open Science

    2017-03-08 11:01. Researchers from The University of Western Australia have conducted a study to test if the chemicals androstadienone (AND) and estratetraenol (EST) (commonly thought to be pheromones in humans) are pheromones and have found no Read more about Do pheromones exist in humans? - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • 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:
    Jess Reid
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 6876
    Position:
    Media and PR Advisor
    Email:
    jess.reid@uwa.edu.au
  11. When is a crocodile like a dolphin? When they skull

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    2017-03-08 11:01. Crocodiles and toothed whales, including dolphins have similar shaped heads as a result of their similar diets, say Australian researchers. The group studied the skulls of crocodiles and toothed whales including Orcas and dolphins Read more about When is a crocodile like a dolphin? When they skull - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VICMonash University|The University of Newcastle
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Matthew McCurry
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    m.r.mccurry1@gmail.com
  12. A spring in your step turns into a motor as you speed up

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-03-08 11:01. Walking faster involves changing 'springs' in your step to 'motors', according to an Australian-led study. The authors wanted to see what it takes to change speeds while walking or running so they studied twelve running men. They Read more about A spring in your step turns into a motor as you speed up - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • 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:
    Dominic Farris
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    d.farris@uq.edu.au
  13. Link between type 2 diabetes and the risk of death from cancer in East and South Asians

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 1001 AEDT / 1201 NZDT

    Diabetologia

    2017-03-08 10:01. A new study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) reveals that type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a 26% increase in the risk of death from cancer in Asians, as Read more about Link between type 2 diabetes and the risk of death from cancer in East and South Asians - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; International
    • Health / Medical
    Note for journalists:
    Australian print journalists may use this in their Weds 8 March print editions, as long as nothing appears online until the stated embargo time of 1001H AM Sydney time Weds 8 March. Australian broadcast media can use this in their breakfast shows from 0600HAM Sydney time Weds 8 March, s long as nothing appears online until the stated embargo time of 1001H AM Sydney time Weds 8 March.
    Name:
    Dr Yu Chen
    Phone:
    +1 212-263-4839
    Position:
    Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Departments of Population Health and Environmental Medicine
    Email:
    Yu.Chen@nyumc.org
  14. New test to monitor the success of bone marrow transplants

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Journal Experimental Haematology

    2017-03-08 05:00. A new blood test developed in Melbourne will allow doctors to better and more quickly assess the success of bone marrow transplants, which could save lives by giving clinicians more time to react to changes in the transplant. The Read more about New test to monitor the success of bone marrow transplants - Scimex

    Australia; VICMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Inga Feitsma
    Phone:
    +61 3 9936 6336
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    inga.feitsma@mcri.edu.au
  15. Exercise proves a HIIT for your cells energy powerhouses

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 0400 AEDT / 0600 NZDT

    Cell Metabolism

    2017-03-08 04:00. High intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises boost the capacity of mitochondria, our cells energy powerhouses, even staving off old age, according to US research. The researchers tested three different training regimes: Read more about Exercise proves a HIIT for your cells energy powerhouses - Scimex

    InternationalMayo Clinic, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Bob Nellis
    Phone:
    +1 507 284 9521
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    Nellis.Robert@mayo.edu
  16. When a poor diet turns deadly

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    JAMA

    2017-03-08 03:00. Nearly half of all deaths due to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes in the U.S. in one year were linked to a poor diet, according to US research. The study looked at 10 dietary factors including consumption of fruits, Read more about When a poor diet turns deadly - Scimex

    InternationalTufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Boston, 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:
    Siobhan Gallagher
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    Siobhan.Gallagher@tufts.edu
  17. Bacteria use raindrops to get a free ride

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2017-03-08 03:00. Raindrops can help transport pathogenic bacteria from the soil to the air, which helps explain how bacteria can travel long distances, according to a new study out of the US. Bacteria get caught up in bubbles on the surface of Read more about Bacteria use raindrops to get a free ride - Scimex

    InternationalMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video available. 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:
    Cullen Buie
    Phone:
    +1 617 253 9379
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    crb@mit.edu
  18. Meet COP21 targets or our oceans will be affected by 2050

    Publicly released: Wed 8 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2017-03-08 03:00. By 2050, if nothing is done to curb climate change, 86 per cent of the world’s oceans will have changed beyond normal variability, potentially leading to mass migrations, according to a new international research. Climate change Read more about Meet COP21 targets or our oceans will be affected by 2050 - Scimex

    InternationalNational Oceanography Centre, UK
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Business / Politics
    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:
    Stephanie Henson
    Phone:
    +44 2380 596643
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    s.henson@noc.ac.uk
  19. It's True - first underwater footage of True's beaked whales

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 2300 AEDT / 0100 NZDT

    PeerJ

    2017-03-07 23:00. An international group of researchers were elated to catch the first underwater footage of True's beaked whales (which have previously been spotted off the coast of Australia) including details of their colouration and footage of a Read more about It's True - first underwater footage of True's beaked whales - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video available.

    Name:
    Natacha Aguilar
    Phone:
    +44 1334 461808
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    na30@st-andrews.ac.uk
  20. Concerns for children raised as deaths and injuries from quads increase

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 1630 AEDT / 1830 NZDT

    2017-03-07 16:30. The recent tragic death of a young girl serves as a reminder that quad bikes are dangerous. Associate Professor Tony Lower, from the University of Sydney said there have been 116 quad bike deaths since 2010, with around 15 per cent Read more about Concerns for children raised as deaths and injuries from quads increase - Scimex

    Australia; NSWGeorge Institute for Global Health|Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN)
    • Health / Medical
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Associate Professor Tony Lower
    Phone:
    +61 457 813 183
    Email:
    tony.lower@sydney.edu.au