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  1. EXPERT REACTION Low vitamin C speeds up leukaemia in mice and human cells

    Publicly released: Tue 22 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-22 01:00. Low levels of vitamin C have previously been linked with higher cancer risk, and now US researchers have uncovered a reason why low vitamin C may speed up the development of leukaemia in mice. Unlike humans, mice make vitamin C in Read more about EXPERT REACTION Low vitamin C speeds up leukaemia in mice and human cells - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
    • 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:
    Sean Morrison (via Katie Regan)
    Phone:
    +1 214 648 2378
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Katie.Regan@UTSouthwestern.edu
  2. As childhood BMI climbs, so does adult stroke risk

    Publicly released: Tue 22 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Neurology

    2017-08-22 01:00. An above-average body mass index (BMI, a ratio of your height to your weight) as child could be linked to an increased risk of having a stroke as an adult, according to a Danish study. The authors crunched some numbers of over 300, Read more about As childhood BMI climbs, so does adult stroke risk - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Copenhagen, Denmark
    • 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. No media release.

    Name:
    Jennifer L. Baker
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jennifer.lyn.baker@regionh.dk
  3. Role models set a good example in groundwater conservation

    Publicly released: Tue 22 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Human Behaviour

    2017-08-22 01:00. Water conservation measures are more likely to succeed when there are a number of rule followers who act as role models and set a good example for locals, according to a team of Australian and Swiss researchers. Groundwater - Read more about Role models set a good example in groundwater conservation - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSW; VIC; SACSIRO|The University of New South Wales|University of Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    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:
    Juan Carlos Castilla-Rho
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    juan.castilla@csiro.au
  4. Antarctic salt-loving microbes provide insights into evolution of viruses

    Publicly released: Tue 22 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Microbiology

    2017-08-22 01:00. UNSW scientists studying microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica have discovered a new way that the microbes can share DNA that could help them grow and survive. The research, based on 18 months of water sampling in Read more about Antarctic salt-loving microbes provide insights into evolution of viruses - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • 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:
    Professor Rick Cavicchioli
    Phone:
    + 61 2 9385 3516
    Position:
    Study leader
    Email:
    r.cavicchioli@unsw.edu.au
  5. Almost one child in every hundred has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder globally

    Publicly released: Tue 22 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    2017-08-22 01:00. Almost one in a hundred children around the world has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and rates may be 12 times that among Indigenous Australians, according to an assessment of existing data on the condition by international Read more about Almost one child in every hundred has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder globally - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; NTCentre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
    • 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:
    Svetlana Popova via Sean O’Malley
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    media@camh.ca
  6. Global group to investigate genetic causes of cerebral palsy

    Publicly released: Tue 22 Aug 2017 at 0031 AEST / 0231 NZST

    2017-08-22 00:31. A new international research group has been established to investigate the underlying genetic causes of cerebral palsy, spurred on by the discoveries of University of Adelaide researchers. Location of Interest:. Australia. Read more about Global group to investigate genetic causes of cerebral palsy - Scimex

    Australia; International; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Alastair MacLennan
    Position:
    Emeritus Professor
    Email:
    alastair.maclennan@adelaide.edu.au
  7. Getting the best out of our brains

    Publicly released: Mon 21 Aug 2017 at 1430 AEST / 1630 NZST

    2017-08-21 14:30. Student innovators and graduates from The University of Western Australia are developing a headset that can monitor human brain waves and stimulate the brain to improve concentration and boost the brain’ s performance. Location Read more about Getting the best out of our brains - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jess Reid
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 6876
    Position:
    Media and Public Relations Adviser
    Email:
    jess.reid@uwa.edu.au
  8. Start mammograms at 40 for the breast bet for survival

    Publicly released: Mon 21 Aug 2017 at 1401 AEST / 1601 NZST

    Cancer

    2017-08-21 14:01. Starting breast cancer screening from 40 is best to prevent breast cancer deaths, according to a US study. The authors crunched some numbers to compare the three most commonly recommended mammogram schemes (annual from age 40; Read more about Start mammograms at 40 for the breast bet for survival - Scimex

    InternationalWeill Cornell Medicine, USA
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper now available.

    Name:
    Dr. Arleo (via Jen Gundersen)
    Phone:
    +1 (646) 962-9497
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jeg2034@med.cornell.edu
  9. No smoker left behind: helping all Australians quit

    Publicly released: Mon 21 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-08-21 00:01. University of Newcastle (UON) researchers are calling for better resources to aid all Australians to quit smoking, with particular focus on population subgroups at greater risk. A new discussion paper, published today in the Read more about No smoker left behind: helping all Australians quit - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Gemma Wolk
    Phone:
    02 4921 6119
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    gemma.wolk@newcastle.edu.au
  10. Tests for coeliac disease should target high-risk groups

    Publicly released: Mon 21 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    The Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-08-21 00:01. Tests to diagnose coeliac disease, where the immune system reacts abnormally to eating gluten, should be targeting groups most likely to have the disease, say international scientists including an Australian. They add that those Read more about Tests for coeliac disease should target high-risk groups - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Newcastle
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Marjorie Walker
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    marjorie.walker@newcastle.edu.au
  11. EXPERT REACTION: Killer robots: World’s top AI and robotics companies call for ban

    Publicly released: Mon 21 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017)

    2017-08-21 00:01. Open letter by leaders of leading robotics &artificial intelligence companies is launched at the world’s biggest artificial intelligence conference as UN delays meeting till later this year to discuss the robot arms race. Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Killer robots: World’s top AI and robotics companies call for ban - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSW; VIC; SAThe University of New South Wales|Australian Science Media Centre
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    The AusSMC has collected the Expert Reaction comments below. Professor Anthony Finn (University of South Australia) did not submit a comment but is contactable for interview via +61 404 856 989.

    Name:
    Prof Toby Walsh 
    Phone:
    +61 424 325 167
    Position:
    Professor of Artificial Intelligence
    Email:
    tw@cse.unsw.edu.au
  12. Negative messages stronger than positive when it comes to infant immunisation

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 1401 AEST / 1601 NZST

    Pediatrics

    2017-08-18 14:01. If pregnant women are given information that discourages them from immunising their babies, they're more likely to delay, according to new research from the Growing Up In New Zealand longitudinal study. Strangely, the opposite Read more about Negative messages stronger than positive when it comes to infant immunisation - Scimex

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Auckland|Centre for Longitudinal Research – He Ara ki Mua
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us. University of Auckland researchers available for comment.

    Name:
    Pandora Carlyon
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    p.carlyon@auckland.ac.nz
  13. Researchers unlock cheesemaking secret

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 1300 AEST / 1500 NZST

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    2017-08-18 13:00. Researchers say their new knowledge on the inner workings of a bacterium has important implications for Australia’s billion dollar cheese industry. University of Queensland School of Agriculture and Food Sciences researcher Read more about Researchers unlock cheesemaking secret - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For information on obtaining the paper, please contact Jan King from UQ

    Name:
    Associate Professor Mark Turner
    Phone:
    +61 7 3365 7364
    Email:
    m.turner2@uq.edu.au
  14. Australia’s largest immersive learning laboratory now in Sydney

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 1130 AEST / 1330 NZST

    2017-08-18 11:30. The University of Sydney opens high-tech virtual reality lab for students. Location of Interest:. Australia. NSW. The University of Sydney. Tech / Engineering / Space. Last updated:Fri 18 Aug 2017. Media Release. From:The Read more about Australia’s largest immersive learning laboratory now in Sydney - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jennifer Peterson-Ward
    Phone:
    +61 2 9351 0240
    Position:
    Media and Public Relations Adviser (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies)
    Email:
    jennifer.peterson-ward@sydney.edu.au
  15. Med students aren't all pissheads after all

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Student BMJ

    2017-08-18 09:01. An online survey in the UK found that only one in ten medical students drinks more booze than the recommended maximum. In fact, almost a quarter of them said they skip the booze altogether. With only 812 responses, the survey Read more about Med students aren't all pissheads after all - Scimex

    InternationalStudent BMJ, 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:
    Matthew Billingsley
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mbillingsley@bmj.com
  16. Sniffing out early-onset Alzheimer’s

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Neurology

    2017-08-18 09:00. Does this smell like bubblegum or gasoline? Smell tests might provide a simple way to detect Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms start to show, according to Canadian researchers. The researchers tested the sniffing abilities of Read more about Sniffing out early-onset Alzheimer’s - Scimex

    InternationalMcGill University, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Marie-Elyse Lafaille-Magnan via Katherine Gombay
    Phone:
    +1 514 398 2189
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    katherine.gombay@mcgill.ca
  17. Keeping bats safe from island predators

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Biological Conservation

    2017-08-18 09:00. It's not just our native birds we need to worry about protecting from invasive predators, we also need to protect our bats. Researchers from DOC monitored the population of long-tailed bats on islands in Fiordland over 22 years. Read more about Keeping bats safe from island predators - Scimex

    New ZealandDepartment of Conservation
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Contact us for the paper. No media release. DOC researchers available for comment.

    Name:
    Colin O'Donnell
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    codonnell@doc.govt.nz
  18. Some evidence vaping can lead to smoking in UK teens

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Tobacco Control

    2017-08-18 08:30. A study from the UK shows there is some evidence that vaping may prompt teens to smoke cigarettes, although the link is disputed. The researchers examined a survey of 2300 teens who were 13 in 2014 and then again a year later at Read more about Some evidence vaping can lead to smoking in UK teens - Scimex

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

    Expert reaction from the UK SMC available.

    Name:
    Mark Conner via David Lewis
    Phone:
    +44 113 343 8059
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    D.Lewis@leeds.ac.uk
  19. Popping the pill linked to a lack of arthritis in women

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    Annals of Rheumatic Disease

    2017-08-18 08:30. Women who took the contraceptive pill for seven or more years were less likely to develop the painful autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis, according to Swedish research. The study found a 15 per cent lower risk for women Read more about Popping the pill linked to a lack of arthritis in women - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska Institutet, Sweden
    • 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:
    Dr Camilla Bengtsson
    Phone:
    +46 76 02 76 934
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    camilla.bengtsson@ki.se
  20. Poor vision could be linked with poor cognition

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Ophthalmology

    2017-08-18 01:00. Problems with your vision as you get older might be connected with dementia and cognition related issues in your brain, suggest US authors. The researchers used results from 33, 000 participants aged 60 and older who completed a Read more about Poor vision could be linked with poor cognition - Scimex

    InternationalStanford University School of Medicine, 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:
    Suzann Pershing via Becky Bach
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    retrout@stanford.edu