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  1. A 'Carbon Law' offers pathway to halve emissions every decade, say researchers

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Science

    2017-03-24 05:00. On the eve of this year's Earth hour (25 March), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science(24 March) for the global economy to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The authors argue a carbon roadmap, driven by a simple rule Read more about A 'Carbon Law' offers pathway to halve emissions every decade, say researchers - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Nerissa Hannink
    Phone:
    +61 3 8344 8151
    Position:
    Senior Media Advisor
    Email:
    nhannink@unimelb.edu.au
  2. Cancer survivors could be more likely to have pre-term, low-weight births

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0200 AEDT / 0400 NZDT

    JAMA Oncology

    2017-03-24 02:00. Young female  cancer survivors are more likely to have pre-term births and low-weight babies, according to a US study. The researchers looked at data from 15, 588 births, one in five being to women who were adolescent or young Read more about Cancer survivors could be more likely to have pre-term, low-weight births - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of North Carolina, 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:
    Hazel Nichols (via Laura Oleniacz)
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    laura_oleniacz@med.unc.edu
  3. High 2015 temperatures killed 40% of Dongsha Atoll corals

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0100 AEDT / 0300 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2017-03-24 01:00. International scientists, including an Australian, have documented the consequences of a 2° C rise in sea temperatures in the South China Sea in June 2015 on the Dongsha Atoll, a coral reef. At Dongsha, the 2° C was amplified to Read more about High 2015 temperatures killed 40% of Dongsha Atoll corals - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia|ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies|Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
    • 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:
    Thomas DeCarlo
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 4486
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    thomas.decarlo@uwa.edu.au
  4. Unusually calm weather on top of global warming causes coral die-off

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0100 AEDT / 0300 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2017-03-24 01:00. An international team of researchers, including a scientist from The University of Western Australia, has warned of the devastating consequences for shallow reef ecosystems when global warming combines with local weather anomalies. Read more about Unusually calm weather on top of global warming causes coral die-off - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • 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:
    Dr Thomas DeCarlo
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 4486
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    thomas.decarlo@uwa.edu.au
  5. What is ‘safe’ when it comes to medicine?

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-03-24 00:01. Medication safety is a hot topic for politicians, patients and medical practitioners, but it’s not an easy thing to measure, according to New Zealand researchers. Currently, the main measure of medication safety is from adverse Read more about What is ‘safe’ when it comes to medicine? - Scimex

    New ZealandMassey University|University of Auckland|Waitemata District Health Board
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Jerome Ng
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jerome.ng@waitematadhb.govt.nz
  6. Genital warts decreasing thanks to HPV vaccine

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-03-24 00:01. Introduction of the HPV vaccine Gardasil has sped the decline of genital warts in women eligible for the vaccine, compared to those who missed out on the free vaccine. Researchers used information from the Auckland Sexual Health Read more about Genital warts decreasing thanks to HPV vaccine - Scimex

    New ZealandAuckland Sexual Health Service
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jeannie Oliphant
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    jeannieo@adhb.govt.nz
  7. How can NZ's healthcare system address unmet need?

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-03-24 00:01. Many Kiwis don’t receive the healthcare they need, with those missing out on primary care citing expense and long wait times as reasons, and those forgoing secondary care (seeing specialists after GP referral) mostly restricted Read more about How can NZ's healthcare system address unmet need? - Scimex

    New ZealandMassey University|Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Philip Bagshaw
    Position:
    Research Author
    Email:
    bagshaw@clear.net.nz
  8. 'Hawk' kids from troubled families have trouble solving problems

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 1700 AEDT / 1900 NZDT

    Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

    2017-03-23 17:00. US scientists say kids from difficult backgrounds who display 'hawk traits' - heightened aggression, boldness, activity and approach - at age two tended to develop issues with problem-solving by age four. The team also noted that Read more about 'Hawk' kids from troubled families have trouble solving problems - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Jennifer H. Suor
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Jennifer.suor@rochester.edu
  9. More 'good cholesterol' isn't necessarily better

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 1600 AEDT / 1800 NZDT

    British Journal of Pharmacology

    2017-03-23 16:00. Making 'good cholesterol' work better, rather than just having more of it, may be key to staying protected from heart disease, according to a review by US scientists. The authors looked at data from a variety of studies and found Read more about More 'good cholesterol' isn't necessarily better - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Texas, USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Demidmaa Tuvdendorj
    Phone:
    +1 409 772 1962
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    detuvden@utmb.edu
  10. Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat anxiety

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 1500 AEDT / 1700 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2017-03-23 15:00. Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat disabling emotions, says University of Sydney researchers. The study reveals their role in regulating critical brain circuits affecting fear and anxiety. Health / Medical. Read more about Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat anxiety - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dan Gaffney
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au
  11. Sport supports stronger bones

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 1330 AEDT / 1530 NZDT

    Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

    2017-03-23 13:30. Teens who are more active have stronger bones, according to a Canadian study. The researchers measured teens' shin and fore-arm bones, and tracked their physical activity levels. They found that, other things being equal, teens who Read more about Sport supports stronger bones - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of British Columbia, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Heather McKay
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    heather.mckay@ubc.ca
  12. Blood thinners may be linked to increased risk of heart attack

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 1330 AEDT / 1530 NZDT

    British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

    2017-03-23 13:30. If you have been prescribed blood thinners, a Dutch and UK team of scientists warn that they could be linked to a twofold increase in your risk of suffering a heart attack. The investigation retrospectively inspected the health of Read more about Blood thinners may be linked to increased risk of heart attack - Scimex

    InternationalMaastricht University Medical Centre, the Netherlands
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Leo M Stolk
    Phone:
    +31 358 886 602
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lml.stolk@mumc.nl or lmlstolk@gmail.com
  13. Robots, reef-builders and really fun science – QUT at the World Science Festival

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 1225 AEDT / 1425 NZDT

    2017-03-23 12:25. Don’t just see the world’s first robot to target crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) – press the button and fire its injection arm yourself at the World Science Festival Brisbane (WSFB)! Health / Medical. Environment / Climate / Read more about Robots, reef-builders and really fun science – QUT at the World Science Festival - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Kate Haggman
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 0358
    Position:
    media officer
    Email:
    kate.haggman@qut.edu.au
  14. Dark tourism has grown around myth of prison tree

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 1129 AEDT / 1329 NZDT

    2017-03-23 11:29. New research involving the University of Adelaide is helping to expose a myth about a significant Australian "prison tree", which researchers say has become a popular tourism attraction for the wrong reasons. Environment / Climate / Read more about Dark tourism has grown around myth of prison tree - Scimex

    Australia; SA; WA; TASThe University of Adelaide|University of Tasmania
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Elizabeth Grant
    Position:
    Architectural anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow
    Email:
    elizabeth.grant@adelaide.edu.au
  15. Moderate drinking associated with drops in some heart diseases

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    The BMJ

    2017-03-23 10:30. An observational study has found an association between a moderate amount of alcohol and a drop in several, but not all, cardiovascular diseases. The authors describe moderate drinking as no more than 12 standard drinks per week. Read more about Moderate drinking associated with drops in some heart diseases - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Steven Bell
    Phone:
    +44 1223 332 300
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    scb81@medschl.cam.ac.uk
  16. What to do in a disaster: new must-have guide for health professionals

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 1000 AEDT / 1200 NZDT

    2017-03-23 10:00. A world-first grass-roots guide for doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals will give them a much-needed common language to deal with the growing number of natural and man-made disasters worldwide. Edited by Read more about What to do in a disaster: new must-have guide for health professionals - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Amanda Weaver
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 9449
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    amanda.weaver@qut.edu.au
  17. No relief in sight for those suffering from sciatica

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 0801 AEDT / 1001 NZDT

    New England Journal of Medicine

    2017-03-23 08:01. A drug increasingly being prescribed for treating sciatica has been revealed to be no better than placebo, in new research from The George Institute for Global Health. The study in the New England Journal of Medicine also found Read more about No relief in sight for those suffering from sciatica - Scimex

    Australia; NSWGeorge Institute for Global Health
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Julia Timms
    Phone:
    +61 410 411 983
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    jtimms@georgeinstitute.org.au
  18. Shaking the branches to uproot the dino family tree

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-23 05:00. UK scientists are shaking the branches of the dinosaur family tree, rearranging the extinct beasts into brand new groupings. For almost the last 130 years, dinosaurs have been divided into two groups based on their pelvic structure. Read more about Shaking the branches to uproot the dino family tree - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Cambridge, UK
    • 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:
    Matthew Baron
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mgb46@cam.ac.uk
  19. Lack of staffing, funds hamper marine-protected areas

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-23 05:00. A widespread lack of funds and personnel are preventing marine protected areas from reaching their full potential, a new global study involving University of Queensland research has revealed. Co-author Professor Peter Mumby of Read more about Lack of staffing, funds hamper marine-protected areas - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • 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:
    Professor Peter Mumby
    Phone:
    +680 488 4500
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    p.j.mumby@uq.edu.au
  20. 'Dr Fraud' makes it onto predatory journal boards

    Publicly released: Thu 23 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-23 05:00. Sting operations might sound like the realm of police busts, but an investigation of academic journals has found one in three suspected 'predatory' journal accepted a fake, unqualified applicant onto their editorial board. Read more about 'Dr Fraud' makes it onto predatory journal boards - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Wroclaw, Poland; University of Sussex, UK
    • 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:
    Katarzyna Pisanski
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    K.Pisanski@sussex.ac.uk