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  1. Legal medicinal marijuana may encourage recreational use

    Publicly released: Thu 27 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Psychiatry

    2017-04-27 01:00. US scientists analysed three national surveys and say rates of illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders have increased faster in states with legal medicinal marijuana than in states where medicinal marijuana remains banned. Read more about Legal medicinal marijuana may encourage recreational use - Scimex

    InternationalColumbia University Medical Center, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    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:
    Deborah Hasin via Stephanie Berger
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sb2247@columbia.edu
  2. Nanodiamonds closer to reality - HD animation available on request

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 1900 AEST / 2100 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-04-26 19:00. In a collaboration with world-leaders in MRI and Harvard University, the University of Sydney-led research linked to the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST) headquarters, the $150m Sydney Nanoscience Read more about Nanodiamonds closer to reality - HD animation available on request - Scimex

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

    Animated video explainer from the previous nanodiamonds work including Prof David Reilly gives an overview of some benefits; however his most recent research in this paper makes nanodiamonds even more accessible via different physics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWpSb1729ZA

    Name:
    Vivienne Reiner
    Phone:
    +61 2 9351 2390
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    vivienne.reiner@sydney.edu.au
  3. Bitter taste receptors key to treating asthma

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 1458 AEST / 1658 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-04-26 14:58. Research led by a UTS scientist has shown that the stimulation of bitter taste receptors could relieve features of allergic asthma. The breakthrough gives hope to the one in nine Australians (and 300 million people worldwide) who Read more about Bitter taste receptors key to treating asthma - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Rebecca Gallegos
    Phone:
    +61 2 9514 8271
    Position:
    Marketing and Communications Officer
    Email:
    rebecca.gallegos@uts.edu.au
  4. EXPERT REACTION: Cassini spacecraft's grand Saturn finale

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 1210 AEST / 1410 NZST

    2017-04-26 12:10. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is about to begin its 142 day death spiral inside Saturn’s rings, passing through them 22 times over the coming months. While NASA has extended the mission three times in the past, the operating Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Cassini spacecraft's grand Saturn finale - Scimex

    Australia; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre|CSIRO|NASA
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Ben Kaldi
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Position:
    Science Information Officer
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  5. The fading American Dream

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 1100 AEST / 1300 NZST

    Science

    2017-04-26 11:00. A defining feature of the "American Dream" is the aspiration that children have a higher standard of living than their parents, but a new study has found that this trend has fallen since the 1940s. Rates of "absolute income mobility Read more about The fading American Dream - Scimex

    InternationalStanford University, USA
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Raj Chetty
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    chetty@stanford.edu
  6. Cooler rooms could put the freeze on obesity

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Building Research & Information

    2017-04-26 10:00. Is there drama in your workplace over the office being too hot or too cold? Having a slightly colder or warmer indoor environment could help boost your metabolism, which could, in turn, help tackle obesity, according to Dutch Read more about Cooler rooms could put the freeze on obesity - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    markenlichtenbelt@maastrichtuniversity.nl
  7. Through and through the best ways to throw

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-04-26 09:01. Ever wondered what the trick is to winning a game of darts or lobbing some scrunched up paper into the bin? US scientists crunched the numbers and found that, if the target is above shoulder height, underarm is generally your best Read more about Through and through the best ways to throw - Scimex

    InternationalYale University, USA
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    M. Venkadesan
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    m.venkadesan@yale.edu
  8. DNA shows Victorian devils were immigrants from Tassie

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0901 AEST / 1101 NZST

    Royal Society Open Science

    2017-04-26 09:01. Three Tassie devils found in Victoria between 1912 and 1991 were from Tasmania, and must have reached the mainland as stowaways, discarded pets or zoo escapees, according to an Australian study of the animals' DNA. The study proves Read more about DNA shows Victorian devils were immigrants from Tassie - Scimex

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

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

    Name:
    Jeremy Austin
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jeremy.austin@adelaide.edu.au
  9. India's coal plans could jeopardise 1.5C warming target

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Earth's Future

    2017-04-26 09:00. India's plans to build nearly 370 coal-fired power plants will mean the country will be unable to meet its Paris climate agreement commitments, say the authors of a study looking at the repercussions of the plan. India has pledged Read more about India's coal plans could jeopardise 1.5C warming target - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, Irvine, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Map available.

    Name:
    Brian Bell
    Phone:
    +1 949 824 8249
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    bpbell@uci.edu
  10. EXPERT REACTION: Is popular belief that saturated fats clog up arteries 'plain wrong'?

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    British Journal of Sports Medicine

    2017-04-26 08:30. The widely held belief that saturated fats clog up the arteries, and so cause coronary heart disease, is just "plain wrong", according to an international editorial. The authors say that the disease is caused by chronic inflammation Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Is popular belief that saturated fats clog up arteries 'plain wrong'? - Scimex

    InternationalAcademy of Medical Royal Colleges, UK
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    RFR served as a consultant for one day in May 2015 for Amgen. AM is a co-producer of the documentary The Big Fat Fix.

    Name:
    Dr Aseem Malhotra
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    aseem_malhotra@hotmail.com
  11. Partners can help with PMS: Couples counselling key to coping with premenstrual distress

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0600 AEST / 0800 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-04-26 06:00. A Western Sydney University study has found that couples counselling can be critical for women in the treatment of severe premenstrual symptoms (PMS). Location of Interest:. Australia. NSW. Western Sydney University. Health / Read more about Partners can help with PMS: Couples counselling key to coping with premenstrual distress - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Danielle Roddick
    Phone:
    +61 2 9678 7085
    Position:
    Senior Media Officer
    Email:
    d.roddick@westernsydney.edu.au
  12. Prescribing a dose of resistance exercise for infection and injury

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0500 AEST / 0700 NZST

    Immunology Letters

    2017-04-26 05:00. Having your healthcare professional prescribe you a dose of bench presses to ward off an infection or help heal an injury may sound like shonky healthcare but could actually be the advice of the near future, according to Griffith Read more about Prescribing a dose of resistance exercise for infection and injury - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Louise Durack
    Position:
    Communications Officer
    Email:
    l.durack@griffith.edu.au
  13. Listen to your gut - it knows what you need to eat

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Biology

    2017-04-26 04:00. In a study using fruit flies, Portuguese and Australian scientists have discovered for the first time evidence that animal gut bacteria "speaks" to our brains to influence what we want to eat. The team found that when they deprived Read more about Listen to your gut - it knows what you need to eat - Scimex

    Australia; VICMonash University
    • 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:
    Carlos Ribeiro
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Carlos.Ribeiro@neuro.fchampalimaud.org
  14. How do we know how to finish each others' sen...

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Biology

    2017-04-26 04:00. While it might seem like a study to find out how and why those annoying couples finish each others' sentences, an international team of neuroscientists have been listening in on our ability to predict speech and found special Read more about How do we know how to finish each others' sen... - Scimex

    InternationalNewcastle University, UK
    • 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:
    Dr Kikuchi or Prof Petkov via press office
    Phone:
    +44 191 208 7850
    Position:
    Media team
    Email:
    press.office@ncl.ac.uk
  15. Dog family tree is nothing to piss on

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0200 AEST / 0400 NZST

    Cell Reports

    2017-04-26 02:00. Can't tell a pug from a bulldog, or a schnauzer from a shih tzu? Researchers have mapped the genes of over 150 dog breeds to see how different groups are related, and when they split off. It seems that taking your dog with you when Read more about Dog family tree is nothing to piss on - Scimex

    InternationalNational Institutes of Health, USA
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Dog photos available.

    Name:
    Elaine Ostrander
    Phone:
    +1 301 594 5284
    Position:
    Author, lead contact
    Email:
    eostrand@mail.nih.gov
  16. Artificial womb created with hopes it could one day keep babies alive

    Publicly released: Wed 26 Apr 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    Nature Communications

    2017-04-26 01:00. Researchers in the US have created an artificial womb to support the growth and development of premature animals with the hope it could one day also help premature human babies. The system, which was trialed on premature lambs, Read more about Artificial womb created with hopes it could one day keep babies alive - Scimex

    InternationalChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia, US
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Image 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:
    Ashley Moore
    Phone:
    +1 267 426 6071
    Position:
    Media Contact
    Email:
    MooreA1@email.chop.edu
  17. Even deep, old groundwater vulnerable to contamination

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 1700 AEST / 1900 NZST

    Nature Geoscience

    2017-04-25 17:00. Groundwater provides drinking water for billions of people around the globe, but even the oldest, deepest wells are vulnerable to contamination, despite being assumed to be relatively buffered from human activities. Using data from Read more about Even deep, old groundwater vulnerable to contamination - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Calgary, Canada
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Scott Jasechko
    Phone:
    +1 403 220 5596
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    sjasechk@ucalgary.ca
  18. Transgender kids like 'boys toys' or 'girls toys' as much as the next kid

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 1400 AEST / 1600 NZST

    Child Development

    2017-04-25 14:00. Transgender preschoolers show the same sorts of gender preferences for friends, clothes and toys as their peers, and have a strong clear sense of their gender identity, according to US research. The small study looked at around 30 Read more about Transgender kids like 'boys toys' or 'girls toys' as much as the next kid - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Anne Fast
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    afast@uw.edu
  19. Don't give a crying kid a lolly - it might make them an emotional eater later in life

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 1400 AEST / 1600 NZST

    Child Development

    2017-04-25 14:00. Kids whose parents fed them to make them feel better when they were upset are more likely to eat emotionally later on, according to international research. Researchers looked at over 800 4-year-olds, and looked at them again at Read more about Don't give a crying kid a lolly - it might make them an emotional eater later in life - Scimex

    InternationalNorwegian University of Science and Technology, King’s College London, University College London, University of Leeds
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Silje Steinsbekk
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    silje.steinsbekk@svt.ntnu.no
  20. Sweatin' to the oldies a brain boost for the over 50s

    Publicly released: Tue 25 Apr 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    British Journal of Sports Medicine

    2017-04-25 08:30. Exercise can boost the brain power of the over 50s, regardless of the current state of their brain health, a new Australian review of research has found. The review included studies on a range of exercises including aerobic exercise Read more about Sweatin' to the oldies a brain boost for the over 50s - Scimex

    Australia; ACTUniversity of Canberra|The Australian National University
    • 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:
    Joe Northey
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Joe.Northey@canberra.edu.au