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  1. Getting tax credits doesn’t make parents smoke more

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Social Science and Medicine

    2017-03-07 12:00. Receiving the Family Tax Credit doesn’t change a parent’s likelihood of smoking, according to research from the University of Otago. Looking at data covering seven years, each additional year of receiving the tax credit Read more about Getting tax credits doesn’t make parents smoke more - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago|Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Frank Pega
    Phone:
    +64 4 918 5639
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    frank.pega@otago.ac.nz
  2. New taskforce to consult widely on energy security matters

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    2017-03-07 12:00. The Chair of the new Energy Security Taskforce is seeking community and industry input as it examines the resilience of New South Wales’energy system. The NSW Government announced last month that Chief Scientist &Engineer Mary Read more about New taskforce to consult widely on energy security matters - Scimex

    Australia; NSWNSW Government
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Troy Deighton
    Phone:
    +61 2 9338 6773
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    troy.deighton@chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au
  3. Rangers fight loss of wildlife with fire

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 1130 AEDT / 1330 NZDT

    Diversity and Distributions

    2017-03-07 11:30. Native animals are declining on Australia’s second largest island with brush-tailed rabbit-rats, black-footed tree-rats and northern brown bandicoots the worst hit. Environment / Climate / Energy. Registered journalists should Read more about Rangers fight loss of wildlife with fire - Scimex

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jaana Dielenberg
    Phone:
    +61 3 8344 8151
    Position:
    TSR Hub Science Communication Manager
    Email:
    j.dielenberg@uq.edu.au
  4. Girls in state care at greater risk of criminal convictions

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 0943 AEDT / 1143 NZDT

    Children and Youth Services Review

    2017-03-07 09:43. The chances of a criminal conviction for South Australian girls who have experienced mistreatment at home and were subsequently placed in state-based out-of-home care is twice that of boys, according to new research from the Read more about Girls in state care at greater risk of criminal convictions - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Catia Malvaso
    Position:
    PhD student and Research Associate, School of Psychology
    Email:
    catia.malvaso@adelaide.edu.au
  5. Star clusters discovery could upset the astronomical applecart

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 0330 AEDT / 0530 NZDT

    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

    2017-03-07 03:30. The discovery of young stars in old star clusters could send scientists back to the drawing board for one of the Universe’ s most common objects. The discovery, published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Read more about Star clusters discovery could upset the astronomical applecart - Scimex

    Australia; WAInternational Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Pete Wheeler
    Position:
    Media Manager & Science Communicator
    Email:
    pete.wheeler@icrar.org
  6. Migraines could be linked to stroke cause

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    JAMA Neurology

    2017-03-07 03:00. Migraines could be linked to a cause of stroke, according to an international study. The researchers looked at 2, 485 patients aged 18 to 45 who had a particular type of stroke, and found that migraines - especially those who Read more about Migraines could be linked to stroke cause - Scimex

    InternationalUniversità degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
    • 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:
    Alessandro Pezzini
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    alessandro.pezzini@unibs.it
  7. Rhinos can correct gender imbalance in the wild

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Ecology & Evolution

    2017-03-07 03:00. Rhino populations are critically low, but the science appears to be in their favour as parents are able to ‘correct’male-female sex ratios to help stabilise unbalanced populations, according to a New Zealand researcher. When Read more about Rhinos can correct gender imbalance in the wild - Scimex

    New ZealandVictoria University of Wellington
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Media release from VuW. 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:
    Wayne Linklater
    Phone:
    +64 4 463 5233 extn 8575
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    wayne.linklater@vuw.ac.nz
  8. As blind as a rat: Prosthetic gives blind rat vision back

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Materials

    2017-03-07 03:00. Degenerative blindness in rats can be reversed by implanting a biocompatible prosthetic into their retinas, according to European researchers. After implanting the carbon-based prosthetics that can convert light to electricity, the Read more about As blind as a rat: Prosthetic gives blind rat vision back - Scimex

    InternationalItalian Institute of Technology, Italy
    • Health / Medical
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Fabio Benfenati
    Phone:
    +39 01 0717 81434
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    fabio.benfenati@iit.it
  9. Animals felt the Earth move under their feet and are now stuck

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Ecology and Evolution

    2017-03-07 03:00. All creatures great and small call specific parts of the Earth home because of a combination of changing temperatures and terrain, according to an international study. The scientists crunched some numbers to find out how changes in Read more about Animals felt the Earth move under their feet and are now stuck - Scimex

    InternationalLaboratoire d’Écologie Alpine (LECA), France
    • 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:
    Gentile Francesco Ficetola
    Phone:
    +39 338 184 4255
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    francesco.ficetola@gmail.com
  10. Black holes don't just gobble up matter, they fling it out too

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Astronomy

    2017-03-07 03:00. Black holes are usually depicted as matter-hungry beasts devouring all before them, but new US research suggests they are just as remarkable for the radiation, winds and jets they spit out. When black holes are gathering gas, among Read more about Black holes don't just gobble up matter, they fling it out too - Scimex

    InternationalJames Madison University, USA
    • 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:
    Keigo Fukumura
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    fukumukx@jmu.edu
  11. Trees' ability to store carbon in doubt after groundbreaking Australian study

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Climate Change

    2017-03-07 03:00. The ability of trees to offset carbon emissions has been questioned after a Western Sydney University study found common Australian trees are unable to store as much carbon as previously thought. Published in Nature Climate Change, Read more about Trees' ability to store carbon in doubt after groundbreaking Australian study - Scimex

    Australia; NSWWestern Sydney University
    • 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:
    Mark Smith
    Phone:
    +61 2 9678 7075
    Position:
    Senior Media Officer
    Email:
    mark.smith@westernsydney.edu.au
  12. Soy foods may be linked to better breast cancer survival

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Mar 2017 at 1601 AEDT / 1801 NZDT

    Cancer

    2017-03-06 16:01. Eating soy could be safe and even beneficial for women with breast cancer, according to an international study. The authors tracked 6, 235 American and Canadian women with breast cancer and found that over nine years, those who ate Read more about Soy foods may be linked to better breast cancer survival - Scimex

    InternationalTufts University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper will be available on Monday.

    Name:
    Siobhan Gallagher
    Phone:
    +1 617 636 6586
    Position:
    Deputy Director, Public Relations
    Email:
    siobhan.gallagher@tufts.edu
  13. Polluted environment killing 1.7 million children a year

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Mar 2017 at 1600 AEDT / 1800 NZDT

    2017-03-06 16:00. The World Health Organisation says that one in four deaths of children under five years is the result of unhealthy environments, with environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke and unsafe Read more about Polluted environment killing 1.7 million children a year - Scimex

    Australia; QLDWorld Health Organisation
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Nada Osseiran
    Phone:
    +41 22 791 4475
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    osseirann@who.int
  14. IPCC experts gather to assess the impacts of a 1.5°C warming

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Mar 2017 at 1600 AEDT / 1800 NZDT

    2017-03-06 16:00. Climate experts, including four Australians, are meeting in Brazil, as the Lead Authors of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5° C. The meeting, involving experts from 39 Read more about IPCC experts gather to assess the impacts of a 1.5°C warming - Scimex

    Australia; QLD; WAIPCC|Curtin University|The University of Queensland|University of Western Australia, Murdoch University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jonathan Lynn
    Phone:
    +41 22 730 8066
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    ipcc-media@wmo.int
  15. Big is not better when saving wetlands

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Mar 2017 at 1114 AEDT / 1314 NZDT

    Biological Conservation

    2017-03-06 11:14. Not all wetlands are created equal, but even the smallest are vital when it comes to preserving fragile freshwater biodiversity, and a new case study from South Australia spells another warning. Although high-profile Ramsar-listed Read more about Big is not better when saving wetlands - Scimex

    Australia; SAFlinders University|The University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Professor Corey Bradshaw
    Phone:
    +61 8 8201 2090
    Position:
    Matthew Flinders Fellow in Global Ecology
    Email:
    corey.bradshaw@flinders.edu.au
  16. Menzies helps track the travels of the deadly melioidosis bacteria

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Nature Microbiology

    2017-03-06 10:30. An international team of experts has confirmed the Australian origins of the bacterium (Burkholderia pseudomallei) which causes the potentially fatal infectious disease melioidosis and tracked its global dissemination. The results Read more about Menzies helps track the travels of the deadly melioidosis bacteria - Scimex

    Australia; QLD; WA; NTMenzies School of Health Research
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Paul Dale
    Phone:
    +61 8 8946 8658
    Position:
    senior communications officer
    Email:
    Communications@menzies.edu.au
  17. Early periods associated with risk of gestational diabetes

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Mar 2017 at 0801 AEDT / 1001 NZDT

    American Journal of Epidemiology

    2017-03-06 08:01. Girls who have their first period before age 11 are 50 per cent more likely to develop gestational diabetes according to research from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. It is an increasingly common pregnancy Read more about Early periods associated with risk of gestational diabetes - Scimex

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

    Media Contacts:

    Danielle Schoenaker, danielle.schoenaker@uq.net.au, +61 (0) 451 450 198;

    (Senior Author) Professor Gita Mishra, g.mishra@sph.uq.edu.au, +61 (0) 423 097 485;

    Helen Gray, Communications ALSWH, helen.gray@uq.edu.au, +61 (0) 44 9071 694;

    Name:
    Gita Mishra
    Position:
    Director - Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
    Email:
    g.mishra@sph.uq.edu.au
  18. Overdosing becoming an issue among older Aussies

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-03-06 00:01. Although older people are less likely to poison themselves from overdosing on prescription medications or recreational drugs than younger adults, Aussie doctors say they are seeing more cases of older people overdosing as our Read more about Overdosing becoming an issue among older Aussies - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; QLDThe University of Queensland|The University of Newcastle|The University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Peter Pillans
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    peter.pillans@health.qld.gov.au
  19. UniSA research driving better care for diabetes patients

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-03-06 00:01. Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’ s health system with around 1.7 million Australians currently living with the disease. The number of people with diabetes also Read more about UniSA research driving better care for diabetes patients - Scimex

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Katrina McLachlan
    Phone:
    +61 8 83020961
    Position:
    Media Liaison Coordinator
    Email:
    katrina.mclachlan@unisa.edu.au
  20. Your specialist could be seven times more expensive than another

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-03-06 00:01. The out-of-pocket fee you pay to see your specialist could be almost seven times more than others pay, according to an Australian study. The researchers looked at Medicare claims data for an initial visit to eleven common Read more about Your specialist could be seven times more expensive than another - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; ACTThe University of Melbourne|The Australian National University|University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Prof Gary Freed (via Elisabeth Lopez)
    Position:
    Author