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  1. Changing diet, physical activity, behaviour may reduce childhood obesity

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Jun 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Cochrane Library

    2017-06-22 12:00. Two Cochrane Reviews published today are the last in a series of related systematic reviews summarising evidence on the effects of different interventions for treating obesity and overweight in childhood and adolescence. The Read more about Changing diet, physical activity, behaviour may reduce childhood obesity - Scimex

    AustraliaCochrane
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Shauna Hurley
    Position:
    Communications and Media Manager
    Email:
    shauna.hurley@monash.edu
  2. Australian origin likely for iconic New Zealand tree

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Jun 2017 at 1133 AEST / 1333 NZST

    American Journal of Botany

    2017-06-22 11:33. Ancestors of the iconic New Zealand Christmas Tree, Pōhutukawa, may have originated in Australia, new fossil research from the University of Adelaide suggests. The research describes two new fossil species of Metrosideros, the Read more about Australian origin likely for iconic New Zealand tree - Scimex

    Australia; New Zealand; SA; TASThe University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available.

    Name:
    Myall Tarran
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    myall.tarran@adelaide.edu.au
  3. 9 in 10 indoor workers not getting enough vitamin D

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Jun 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    BMC Public Health

    2017-06-22 10:00. The type of work you do could have a big impact on whether or not you're getting enough vitamin D, according to a Canadian study. The authors looked at 71 previous studies of over 50, 000 people and found that four in five shift Read more about 9 in 10 indoor workers not getting enough vitamin D - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Alberta, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Sebastian Straube
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    straube@ualberta.ca
  4. Study settles debate over head position following stroke

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Jun 2017 at 0700 AEST / 0900 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    2017-06-22 07:00. A trial involving more than 11, 000 patients has revealed sitting up or lying flat after a stroke makes no difference to their recovery. The research led by The George Institute for Global Health set out to discover if the bed Read more about Study settles debate over head position following stroke - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Julia Timms
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    jtimms@georgeinstitute.org.au
  5. Are teenagers lazy, or just slaves to their biological clocks?

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Jun 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS One

    2017-06-22 04:00. Teenagers really do need longer lie-ins than adults, according to US and German research. The researchers looked at sleep patterns of over 50, 000 Americans, finding that the average mid-point of sleep at age 17-18 was 4:30 a.m., Read more about Are teenagers lazy, or just slaves to their biological clocks? - Scimex

    InternationalHarvard University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    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:
    Dorothee Fischer
    Phone:
    +1 617 953 3219
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    dorothee.fischer@gmx.net
  6. Kids and grown-ups view van Goghs differently

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Jun 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-06-22 04:00. Grown-ups and kids  view artworks by van Gogh differently, but telling kids about the pictures makes them view them a bit more like an adult would, say Dutch researchers. Tracking the eyes of 12 adults and children as they looked Read more about Kids and grown-ups view van Goghs differently - Scimex

    InternationalVrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    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:
    Francesco Walker
    Phone:
    +31 64 253-3901
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    francesco.walker89@gmail.com
  7. Parkinson’s is partly an autoimmune disease

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Jun 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-06-22 03:00. A misfiring immune system may potentially be involved in Parkinson's disease, according to work by an international research team including Australians. The researchers compared blood samples from people with Parkinson's with Read more about Parkinson’s is partly an autoimmune disease - Scimex

    Australia; WAMurdoch University|Columbia University, 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:
    Pepita Smyth
    Phone:
    +61 8 9360 1289
    Position:
    Media contact
  8. Holy batvirus batman! Animals harbour human diseases

    Publicly released: Thu 22 Jun 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-06-22 03:00. More than 70 per cent of the viruses we catch are also found in animals, and bats harbour a higher proportion of these diseases than any other animal, say US scientists. They looked at every recognised mammal virus and found 263 Read more about Holy batvirus batman! Animals harbour human diseases - Scimex

    InternationalEcoHealth Alliance, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    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:
    Anthony Ramos
    Phone:
    +1 212 380 4469
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    ramos@ecohealthalliance.org
  9. Smartphones not so smart for hands

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 1601 AEST / 1801 NZST

    Muscle & Nerve

    2017-06-21 16:01. Your smartphone addiction could be hurting your hands and wrists, according to an international study. The authors surveyed 48 uni students and found those who used their phones 'intensively' were more likely to develop carpal Read more about Smartphones not so smart for hands - Scimex

    InternationalHong Kong Polytechnic University, China
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Penny Smith
    Phone:
    +44 1243 770448
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
  10. Eating fish could ease arthritis symptoms

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 1501 AEST / 1701 NZST

    Arthritis Care & Research

    2017-06-21 15:01. Eating fish at least two times a week could ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, according to an international study. The authors asked 176 patients about their eating habits and found that those who ate fish at least twice a week Read more about Eating fish could ease arthritis symptoms - Scimex

    InternationalBrigham and Women's Hospital, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr. Sara Tedeschi
    Phone:
    +1 617-732-5325
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    stedeschi1@partners.org
  11. Dads could help prevent childhood obesity

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 1501 AEST / 1701 NZST

    Obesity

    2017-06-21 15:01. Having a more involved dad could be linked to a lower risk of young childhood obesity, according to an international study. The authors looked at data from the USA and found that dads helping out in physical child care (such as Read more about Dads could help prevent childhood obesity - Scimex

    InternationalJohns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Penny Smith
    Phone:
    +44 1243 770448
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
  12. Review of coeliac disease reveals diagnostic challenges

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 1300 AEST / 1500 NZST

    Journal of Gastroenterology

    2017-06-21 13:00. Coeliac disease has advanced from a medical rarity to a highly prevalent disease. A review of diagnostic tests shows that, despite initial promise, when used on a large scale, even in combination with genetic testing, the Read more about Review of coeliac disease reveals diagnostic challenges - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Marea Martlew
    Phone:
    +61 2 9514 1766
    Position:
    UTS Science Marketing and Communications Officer
    Email:
    marea.martlew@uts.edu.au
  13. International study raises hopes for new sarcoma treatment

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 1230 AEST / 1430 NZST

    Cancer Research

    2017-06-21 12:30. Monash University scientists have played a critical role in an international collaboration that has identified promising therapeutic targets for a rare form of sarcoma afflicting mostly young people. Location of Interest:. Read more about International study raises hopes for new sarcoma treatment - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Monash media
    Phone:
    +61 03 9903 4840
    Position:
    Media
    Email:
    media@monash.edu
  14. New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 1101 AEST / 1301 NZST

    Journal of Materials Chemistry A

    2017-06-21 11:01. Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a ‘clean’process using solar energy. Read more about New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide|CSIRO
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Robyn Mills, Media Officer, is contactable on +61 8 8313 6341, +61 410 689 084, or robyn.mills@adelaide.edu.au.

    Name:
    Professor Christian Doonan
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 5770
    Position:
    Director, Centre for Advanced Nanomaterials
    Email:
    christian.doonan@adelaide.edu.au
  15. Island life may have led to hobbits' small habits

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

    2017-06-21 09:01. Brazilian and Italian scientists say the human ancestors known as hobbits, Homo floresiensis, which were unearthed on the Indonesian island of Flores, may have been a shrunken version of another human relative, Homo erectus. The Read more about Island life may have led to hobbits' small habits - Scimex

    InternationalUniversidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    José Alexandre Diniz-Filho
    Phone:
    +55 62 998 384 843
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    diniz@ufg.br
  16. Speed up to steady a straying suitcase

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceedings A

    2017-06-21 09:01. If your suitcase rocks from side to side as you're walking, it's time to speed up, according to French scientists. They studied a model suitcase on a treadmill and crunched some numbers to see what goes wrong when lugging luggage. Read more about Speed up to steady a straying suitcase - Scimex

    InternationalUniversité Paris-Diderot, France
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images available. Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print. No media release.

    Name:
    Sylvain Courrech du Pont
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sylvain.courrech@univ-paris-diderot.fr
  17. Human 'super predators' strike fear into fearsome beasts

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

    2017-06-21 09:01. Big carnivores might seem like they're top of the food chain, but we're number one - 'super predators', no less - and we strike fear into the hearts of the most vicious beasts, according to US and Canadian scientists. They tested Read more about Human 'super predators' strike fear into fearsome beasts - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, Santa Cruz, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Justine Smith
    Phone:
    +1 480 332 7239
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    jsmith5@ucsc.edu
  18. Antarctic blue-green algae unchanged in 100 years

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B

    2017-06-21 09:01. Comparing the DNA of modern cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) from Antarctica with century-old specimens collected on Captain Scott's voyage in 1902 reveals almost no change, say British and Kiwi scientists. This suggests that there Read more about Antarctic blue-green algae unchanged in 100 years - Scimex

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Waikato|; Natural History Museum, UK
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Anne Jungblut
    Phone:
    +44 20 7 942 5654
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    a.jungblut@nhm.ac.uk
  19. When good immune cells turn toxic

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Biology

    2017-06-21 04:00. A group of immune cells that normally protect us can turn against us and contribute to the development of toxic shock syndrome, according to research which includes Australians. Toxic shock syndrome is a life-threatening condition Read more about When good immune cells turn toxic - Scimex

    Australia; VICMonash University|The University of Melbourne|Western University, Canada
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    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:
    Crystal Mackay
    Position:
    Media Relations Officer
    Email:
    crystal.mackay@schulich.uwo.ca
  20. Childhood cancers defy current understanding

    Publicly released: Wed 21 Jun 2017 at 0201 AEST / 0401 NZST

    Cell Reports

    2017-06-21 02:01. Cancer is still surprising researchers, making the pathway to urgently-needed new treatments more difficult to predict. A combined team of researchers from Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) and Children’s Medical Read more about Childhood cancers defy current understanding - Scimex

    Australia; NSWChildren's Medical Research Institute (CMRI)
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Hannah Dawkins
    Position:
    Media Advisor
    Email:
    hdawkins@cmri.org.au