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  1. In health terms, white bread rises to the challenge

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell Metabolism

    2017-06-07 02:00. White bread gets a bad health rap, but researchers say different people respond differently to white bread and artisanal whole wheat sourdough. The small trial measured a range of health factors in participants fed a diet high in Read more about In health terms, white bread rises to the challenge - Scimex

    InternationalWeizmann Institute of Science, Israel
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Eran Elinav
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    eran.elinav@weizmann.ac.il
  2. Don’t rely on smartphone apps to treat back pain

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0101 AEST / 0301 NZST

    Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology

    2017-06-07 01:01. Consumers cautioned over back pain apps. University of Sydney researchers have found that smartphone apps for treating back pain have questionable value as they are generally of poor quality, and have not been rigorously evaluated. Read more about Don’t rely on smartphone apps to treat back pain - Scimex

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

    Please contact Kobi Print for information on obtaining the paper.

    Name:
    Kobi Print
    Phone:
    +61 481 012 729
    Position:
    Media and Public Relations Adviser
    Email:
    kobi.print@sydney.edu.au
  3. Hazy Paris Agreement pledges

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-06-07 01:00. Even without the hullabaloo caused by Trump's withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement, the ambiguity of the pledges means that estimates of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 may vary by about 30 per cent, according to a Read more about Hazy Paris Agreement pledges - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Melbourne|ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Includes an Australian author. 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:
    Joeri Rogelj
    Phone:
    +43 2 236 807 393
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    rogelj@iiasa.ac.at
  4. World’s largest study of 1.3 million pregnant women reveals global obesity crisis

    Publicly released: Wed 7 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA

    2017-06-07 01:00. The world’ s largest and most comprehensive international study of more than 1.3 million pregnant women, by researchers at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia found that three out of every four pregnant women worldwide, Read more about World’s largest study of 1.3 million pregnant women reveals global obesity crisis - Scimex

    Australia; VICMonash University
    • Health / Medical
    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:
    Monash media
    Phone:
    +61 3 9903 4840
    Position:
    Media
    Email:
    media@monash.edu
  5. Positives outweigh negatives for electroshock therapy

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Jun 2017 at 1320 AEST / 1520 NZST

    Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry

    2017-06-06 13:20. Contrary to its image as a painful, barbaric treatment from the Victorian era, patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) see it in a positive light, according to an international study. The authors surveyed 30 patients who Read more about Positives outweigh negatives for electroshock therapy - Scimex

    International2gether NHS Foundation Trust, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Penny Smith
    Phone:
    +44 1243 770 448
    Position:
    Media Contact
    Email:
    sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
  6. New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Jun 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-06-06 08:30. UNSW chemists have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce clean hydrogen fuel. Splitting water usually requires two different catalysts, but the new catalyst can drive Read more about New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Chuan Zhao
    Phone:
    +61 2 9385 4645
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    chuan.zhao@unsw.edu.au
  7. Pucker up! Mucus-y lips let fish kiss the flesh off corals

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Jun 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Current Biology

    2017-06-06 02:00. It takes a special kind of fish to eat the flesh off razor-sharp coral covered in venomous stinging cells by kissing it, but tubelip wrasses have very special lips. Baffled by how the fish survived feeding on such dangerous prey, Read more about Pucker up! Mucus-y lips let fish kiss the flesh off corals - Scimex

    AustraliaJames Cook University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Pictures, video and GIF available.

    Name:
    David R. Bellwood
    Phone:
    + 61 7 4781 4447
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    david.bellwood@jcu.edu.au
  8. Loss of ocean predators may kill the krill

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Ecology & Evolution

    2017-06-06 01:00. Antarctic krill are one of the most abundant species on Earth, but the tiny marine animals are at risk as the oceans' big predators decline, according to international scientists, including Australians. The loss of predators, they Read more about Loss of ocean predators may kill the krill - Scimex

    Australia; International; TASAustralian Antarctic Division|Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC|University of Oldenburg, Germany
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    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:
    Alexey Ryabov
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    alexey.ryabov@uni-oldenburg.de
  9. That giant exoplanet is, like, so hot right now

    Publicly released: Tue 6 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature

    2017-06-06 01:00. International and Australian astronomers have discovered the hottest giant exoplanet to date, which is sitting at a balmy 4, 327 degrees Celsius. The immense, Jupiter-like planetary oven is sitting in orbit of a star whose mercury Read more about That giant exoplanet is, like, so hot right now - Scimex

    Australia; International; VIC; SA; WAThe Ohio State University, USA
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    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:
    Scott Gaudi
    Phone:
    +1 617 899 4771
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    gaudi.1@osu.edu
  10. First long-term study of Murray-Darling Basin wetlands reveals severe impact of dams

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 1420 AEST / 1620 NZST

    Global Change Biology

    2017-06-05 14:20. A landmark 30-year-long UNSW study of wetlands in eastern Australia has found that construction of dams and diversion of water from the Murray-Darling Basin have led to a more than 70 per cent decline in waterbird numbers. The Read more about First long-term study of Murray-Darling Basin wetlands reveals severe impact of dams - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Professor Richard Kingsford
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    richard.kingsford@unsw.edu.au
  11. Future Fellowship looks beyond climate change scourge and toward greener pastures

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 1412 AEST / 1612 NZST

    2017-06-05 14:12. A Western Sydney University researcher has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship, to investigate methods of protecting Australian grasses from insect pests and rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Location of Interest:. Australia. Read more about Future Fellowship looks beyond climate change scourge and toward greener pastures - Scimex

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

    Have contact with an agronomist, who can potentially provide further insights and case studies.

    Name:
    Danielle Roddick
    Phone:
    +61 2 9678 7085
    Position:
    Senior Media Officer
    Email:
    d.roddick@westernsydney.edu.au
  12. Are drinking motives in teenagers culture specific?

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Drug and Alcohol Review

    2017-06-05 12:00. Drinking motives for young teenagers are consistent across different European cultures according to a new study. International researchers surveyed over 20, 000 teenagers aged 13 to 16 across ten European countries, and while the Read more about Are drinking motives in teenagers culture specific? - Scimex

    InternationalAddiction Switzerland Research Institute, Switzerland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Matthias Wicki
    Phone:
    +41 21 321 29 61
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    mwicki@addictionsuisse.ch
  13. Abnormal symptoms the norm for cervical cancer in under 25s

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Austrlaian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-06-05 12:00. The most common reason for a cervical cancer diagnosis in young women was an investigation into abnormal symptoms, rather than via routine Pap smear results, according to Aussie scientists. They investigated 56 women aged 13-25 Read more about Abnormal symptoms the norm for cervical cancer in under 25s - Scimex

    Australia; QLD; WA; ACTThe University of Western Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Dr Edwina L. Morgan
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    e.l.morgan26@hotmail.com
  14. Having a heart attack in space? Simply do a handstand

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 0801 AEST / 1001 NZST

    Euroanaesthesia Congress

    2017-06-05 08:01. If you're having a heart attack in space, what should you do? well, a handstand apparently - good luck with that! Being able to perform emergency medicine in microgravity is more and more important now that space exploration Read more about Having a heart attack in space? Simply do a handstand - Scimex

    InternationalCharing Cross Hospital, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    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:
    Matthieu Komorowski
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    matthieu.komorowski@imperial.nhs.uk
  15. Are medical graduates ready for practice?

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-06-05 00:01. New research into determining the work readiness of graduating doctors and whether they feel prepared for practice has been published by MJA. University of Tasmania researchers conducted a retrospective survey of self-reported Read more about Are medical graduates ready for practice? - Scimex

    Australia; TASUniversity of Tasmania
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Full media release will be uploaded on Monday.

    Name:
    Jenny Barr
    Phone:
    +61 3 6348 8165
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    Jenny.Barr@utas.edu.au
  16. Should we go under the knife for groin pain?

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-05 00:01. Australian researchers are concerned over the lack of evidence around the benefits of surgery to treat femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) - when extra bone grows along one or both of the hip bones - a common cause of groin pain in Read more about Should we go under the knife for groin pain? - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Flavia M Cicuttini
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    flavia.cicuttini@monash.edu
  17. How vulnerable is Australia to new infectious diseases?

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-05 00:01. Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) have come under the microscope as Australian researchers question how likely we are to be able to stop pathogens such as Zika from spreading around the country. EIDs are a threat to blood safety, Read more about How vulnerable is Australia to new infectious diseases? - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Philip Kiely
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    pkiely@redcrossblood.org.au
  18. Managing risk factors for heart disease in patients with diabetes

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-05 00:01. Australian doctors suggest we're not dealing with the risk factors for heart disease in people with diabetes very well. The authors say that, while we deal with these issues better in people with diabetes than without, we need to Read more about Managing risk factors for heart disease in patients with diabetes - Scimex

    Australia; NSWGeorge Institute for Global Health|The University of Sydney|The University of New South Wales
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Santhi Chalasani
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    shanth_c@hotmail.com
  19. Aussies are still skulling too much of the sweet stuff

    Publicly released: Mon 5 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-05 00:01. Despite World Health Organization warnings to curb sugary drinks, Australian researchers say many of us are still slurping down too much of the sweet stuff. In an Australia-wide health survey, the researchers found 39 per cent of Read more about Aussies are still skulling too much of the sweet stuff - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Pia Varsamis
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    pia.varsamis@baker.edu.au
  20. Physician-assisted suicide debate continues

    Publicly released: Sun 4 Jun 2017 at 0801 AEST / 1001 NZST

    Euroanaesthesia

    2017-06-04 08:01. Doctors continue to debate physician-assisted suicide at an international conference, as they try to balance the delicate issue of dying with dignity, and the interests of the individual and society as a whole. One physician Read more about Physician-assisted suicide debate continues - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    This press release is based on the debate session on physician-assisted suicide to be held on Sunday 4 June at this year’s Euroanaesthesia. As this is a debate session there is no abstract or poster.

    Name:
    Nathalie Dieudonné-Rahm
    Position:
    Scientist
    Email:
    Nathalie.Dieudonne@hcuge.ch