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  1. Healthy eating beats supplements

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-04-28 00:01. Nutritionist Anne-Thea McGill argues against the need for vitamin supplements in an editorial in the New Zealand Medical Journal. We should be able to get all the necessary vitamins from our food, she says, which will improve our Read more about Healthy eating beats supplements - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Anne-Thea McGill
    Position:
    Editorial Author
    Email:
    anne.thea.mcgill@gmail.com
  2. Antimicrobial resistance, the clear and present danger

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-04-28 00:01. Antimicrobial resistance poses a serious threat to modern healthcare, with many medical procedures such as transplants and cancer treatments reliant on antibiotics. Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are a Read more about Antimicrobial resistance, the clear and present danger - Scimex

    New ZealandAuckland District Health Board
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Joshua Freeman
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    joshuaf@adhb.govt.nz
  3. Depression underdiagnosed in Māori, Pacific and Asian Kiwis

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-04-28 00:01. There are ethnic inequalities evident in the diagnosis of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety in New Zealand, according to a new study in the New Zealand Medical Journal. While Pākehā reported the highest rate of Read more about Depression underdiagnosed in Māori, Pacific and Asian Kiwis - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Carol Lee
    Position:
    Lead Author, PhD student
    Email:
    clee879@aucklanduni.ac.nz
  4. Suicide prevention for Pacific New Zealanders should target young males

    Publicly released: Fri 28 Apr 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-04-28 00:01. Suicide prevention for New Zealand's Pacific communities should focus on young males, the role of mental health and addiction treatment in suicide prevention, and safe culturally-appropriate messaging, according to a new study. The Read more about Suicide prevention for Pacific New Zealanders should target young males - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Jemaima Tiatia-Seath
    Phone:
    +64 9 923 9678
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    j.tiatia-seath@auckland.ac.nz
  5. Red bricks for the red planet

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 2300 AEST / 0100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-04-27 23:00. Building on Mars might still be a distant dream, but scientists have made a brick-like rock from the closest thing to Martian soil. The brick is stronger than steel-enforced concrete and was made by compressing the soil at high Read more about Red bricks for the red planet - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California at San Diego, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available.

    Name:
    Yu Qiao
    Phone:
    +1 858 534 3388
    Position:
    Corresponding Author
    Email:
    yqiao@ucsd.edu
  6. Autistic behaviours linked to smoking grandmothers

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 2300 AEST / 0100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-04-27 23:00. Smoking by maternal grandmothers during pregnancy is associated with a diagnosis of autism in grandchildren, according to UK scientists, although further work is required to confirm the link. They looked at data from 14, 000 UK Read more about Autistic behaviours linked to smoking grandmothers - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Jean Golding
    Phone:
    +44 117 3310198
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jean.golding@bristol.ac.uk
  7. Ocean warming to cancel increased CO2-driven productivity

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 1530 AEST / 1730 NZST

    Global Change Biology

    2017-04-27 15:30. University of Adelaide researchers have constructed a marine food web to show how climate change could affect our future fish supplies and marine biodiversity. Published today in Global Change Biology, the researchers found that Read more about Ocean warming to cancel increased CO2-driven productivity - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Professor Ivan Nagelkerken
    Position:
    Project leader, Environment Institute
    Email:
    ivan.nagelkerken@adelaide.edu.au
  8. Synthetic gecko feet could lead to underwater robots

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 1330 AEST / 1530 NZST

    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

    2017-04-27 13:30. International scientists have developed a double-sided adhesive that mimics a gecko's foot and can stick and unstick to surfaces, even underwater. While similar sticky materials have been developed, the authors say that their Read more about Synthetic gecko feet could lead to underwater robots - Scimex

    InternationalChinese Academy of Sciences, China
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    For details on obtaining the paper, contact us.

    Name:
    Daniele Dini
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    d.dini@imperial.ac.uk
  9. QUT’s ‘amusement academic’ helps create world-first VR waterslide

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 1146 AEST / 1346 NZST

    2017-04-27 11:46. The ever-popular theme park waterslide is about to enter a new dimension thanks in part to a QUT academic who has become a world-leading expert in fun. Location of Interest:. Australia. QLD. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Read more about QUT’s ‘amusement academic’ helps create world-first VR waterslide - Scimex

    Australia; QLDQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Amanda Weaver
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 9449
    Position:
    Media Officer
    Email:
    amanda.weaver@qut.edu.au
  10. Plain tobacco packaging works, probably

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Cochrane Review

    2017-04-27 09:01. Plain cigarette packaging may reduce the number of people who smoke, and reduces the appeal of tobacco, according to researchers from the UK and Canada who analysed the results of 51 studies to examine the impact of plain packaging Read more about Plain tobacco packaging works, probably - Scimex

    InternationalKing's College London, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper to come soon. No media release.

    Name:
    Ann McNeill via Jack Stonebridge
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jack.stonebridge@kcl.ac.uk
  11. Are routine blood tests overused?

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    2017-04-27 08:30. With blood tests getting cheaper and more efficient, they've become routine procedure, but some British doctors say they are overprescribed as many are ordered when not relevant to patient symptoms. In their opinion article, the Read more about Are routine blood tests overused? - Scimex

    InternationalNinewells Hospital, Scotland; University of Cambridge, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Alastair Faulkner
    Phone:
    +44 7800 904 562
    Email:
    a.faulkner1@nhs.net
  12. Exercise addict helps doctors spot the problem

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    2017-04-27 08:30. A self-confessed exercise addict who has lived with the problem for a decade hopes to help doctors recognise exercise-addicted patients by highlighting the warning signs in an article co-authored with two US experts. Reluctance to Read more about Exercise addict helps doctors spot the problem - Scimex

    InternationalJacksonville University, USA and High Point University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Heather Hausenblas
    Phone:
    +1 904 891 9746
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    hhausen@ju.edu
  13. World-leading study utilises gene therapy to better treat Peripheral Artery Disease

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0600 AEST / 0800 NZST

    2017-04-27 06:00. The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and CMAX have embarked on a world-leading study to improve the treatment of a common circulatory condition, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and its associated leg Read more about World-leading study utilises gene therapy to better treat Peripheral Artery Disease - Scimex

    Australia; SASouth Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Bridgette Whittle
    Phone:
    +61 8 8128 4152
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    bridgette.whittle@sahmri.com
  14. Butterfly wings under a microscope

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0401 AEST / 0601 NZST

    Science Advances

    2017-04-27 04:01. Nature’s intricate mechanism for forming the nanostructures that help a butterfly species to camouflage itself against common leaves, has been revealed by researchers. Location of Interest:. Australia. WA. Murdoch University. Read more about Butterfly wings under a microscope - Scimex

    Australia; WAMurdoch University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Strictly embargoed until 04:00 AEST Thursday 27 April

    Name:
    Jo Manning
    Phone:
    +61 8 9360 2474
    Position:
    Media and Communications Advisor
    Email:
    j.manning@murdoch.edu.au
  15. Seeing is believing: diamond quantum sensor reveals how current flows in next-generation materials

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0401 AEST / 0601 NZST

    Science Advances

    2017-04-27 04:01. Researchers at the University of Melbourne are the first in the world to image how electrons move in two-dimensional graphene, a boost to the development of next-generation electronics. Capable of imaging the behaviour of moving Read more about Seeing is believing: diamond quantum sensor reveals how current flows in next-generation materials - Scimex

    Australia; VICARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T)|The University of Melbourne
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    A brief animation of the experiment and additional high resolution graphics are available. Please contact k.oconnell@cqc2t.org to obtain these materials. More information, including a copy of the paper, can be found online at the Science Advances press package at http://www.eurekalert.org/jrnls/sciadvances/ Copies of the embargoed Science Advances paper may be distributed only by the AAAS Office of Public Programs, to working journalists. Kindly refer reporters to +1-202-326-6440 or vancepak@aaas.org

    Name:
    Kristin O’Connell
    Position:
    Marketing and Communications
    Email:
    k.oconnell@cqc2t.org
  16. Low-cost drug reduces maternal death

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    The Lancet

    2017-04-27 04:00. Post-partum haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, with an estimated 100, 000 deaths per year especially in low and middle-income countries. But tranexamic acid, a cheap and widely-available drug, could Read more about Low-cost drug reduces maternal death - Scimex

    InternationalLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video included.

    Name:
    Media office
    Phone:
    +44 207 927 2802
    Email:
    press@lshtm.ac.uk
  17. New database maps global coral reef bleaching

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-04-27 04:00. Australian and Canadian scientists have developed a new, more-accurate database of coral reef mass bleaching events around the world. The scientists say they improved on ReefBase, an existing coral reef bleaching database, by Read more about New database maps global coral reef bleaching - Scimex

    Australia; QLDJames Cook University|University of British Columbia, Canada
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. 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:
    Simon Donner
    Phone:
    +1 604 561 7284
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    simon.donner@ubc.ca
  18. Blood tests could give lung cancer clues

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-04-27 03:00. A simple blood test could help doctors track a patient's lung cancer, according to an international study. The authors discovered that circulating tumour DNA found in blood samples is associated with the subtype of lung cancer, and Read more about Blood tests could give lung cancer clues - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity College London Cancer Institute, UK
    • 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:
    Charles Swanton
    Phone:
    +44 203 796 2047
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    charles.swanton@crick.ac.uk
  19. WA scientists help crack barley genetic code

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-04-27 03:00. The development of new and improved barley varieties is set to be accelerated, after the complete barley genome was recently mapped by an international consortium, which included Western Australian scientists. Location of Read more about WA scientists help crack barley genetic code - Scimex

    Australia; SA; WAMurdoch University|The University of Adelaide|The University of Western Australia
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Embargoed : 03:00 (AEST) 27 April This media release is being jointly issued by Murdoch University and the Department of Food and Agriculture

    Name:
    Jodie Thomson
    Phone:
    +61 8 9368 3937
    Position:
    Media liaison
  20. Extinct elephant entree reveals the very first Americans

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-04-27 03:00. Humans may have called America home for a lot longer than we thought, around 130, 000 years, according to a US and Australian study of the remains of an extinct elephant-like creature called a mastodon which the first Americans Read more about Extinct elephant entree reveals the very first Americans - Scimex

    Australia; International; NSWUniversity of Wollongong|Center for American Paleolithic Research, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Videos and 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:
    Richard Fullagar
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    fullagar@uow.edu.au