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  1. Children can leave hospital sooner

    Publicly released: Fri 18 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    Lancet Infectious Diseases

    2017-08-18 00:01. Experts have found some children with severe infections requiring intravenous (through the vein) (IV) antibiotics, can safely have these at home instead of in hospital. This will help children to leave hospital earlier, which is Read more about Children can leave hospital sooner - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Luke Williams
    Position:
    Communications Specialist
    Email:
    luke.williams@mcri.edu.au
  2. Penguincam: like GoPro, but for penguins

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 2300 AEST / 0100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-08-17 23:00. Gentoo penguins are notoriously hard to study as they forage in the open ocean between the sub-Antarctic islands and Antarctica. So Korean researchers attached video cameras — GoPro style — to find out how they vocally Read more about Penguincam: like GoPro, but for penguins - Scimex

    InternationalKorea Polar Research Institute, Republic of Korea
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Won Young Lee
    Phone:
    +82 327 605 523
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    wonyounglee@kopri.re.kr
  3. Why watering down your whisky is a good thing

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 2300 AEST / 0100 NZST

    Scientific Reports

    2017-08-17 23:00. While no one can tell you how to drink your whisky, diluting it with a little water enhances the taste — but it's not really known why. Now, Swedish scientists have run computer simulations of the molecules that make up whisky so Read more about Why watering down your whisky is a good thing - Scimex

    InternationalLinnæus University, Sweden
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Björn Karlsson
    Phone:
    +46 480 446740
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    bjorn.karlsson@lnu.se
  4. Are rural health services ready for climate change?

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 1200 AEST / 1400 NZST

    Australian Journal of Rural Health

    2017-08-17 12:00. A survey of 43 rural health service managers from south west NSW found nine out of ten believe climate change will affect the health of rural residents in the future, particularly in terms of heat-related illnesses, mental health, Read more about Are rural health services ready for climate change? - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Notre Dame Australia
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Rachael Purcell
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    rachael.purcell@gmail.com
  5. Should robots ease the looming loneliness epidemic? Find out at Robotronica

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 1101 AEST / 1301 NZST

    2017-08-17 11:01. How would you feel if your best friend in your twilight years was a robot? It’s one of the many thought-provoking questions being posed at QUT’s Robotronica event on Sunday. This Thursday, journalists can preview the world’s Read more about Should robots ease the looming loneliness epidemic? Find out at Robotronica - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Kate Haggman
    Phone:
    +61 7 3138 0358
    Position:
    QUT Media
    Email:
    kate.haggman@qut.edu.au
  6. No sighs of relief as lung disease cases rise

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

    2017-08-17 08:30. International researchers, including Australians, say lung diseases caused 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015, and that the number of cases is increasing with the world's growing population. Asthma was the most common breathing Read more about No sighs of relief as lung disease cases rise - Scimex

    Australia; InternationalThe University of Queensland|The University of Melbourne|The University of Sydney|The University of Newcastle|Curtin University|Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Department of Health, QLD;
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Theo Vos
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tvos@uw.edu
  7. Why the definition of polycystic ovary syndrome harms women

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    British Medical Journal

    2017-08-17 08:30. The decision by experts to widen the definition of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has boosted its prevalence, caused psychological harm, but brought no clear benefits, say Australian scientists in today’s British Medical Journal Read more about Why the definition of polycystic ovary syndrome harms women - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:
    Australian morning newspapers must wait until the next day to run this story in print.
    Name:
    Dan Gaffney
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au
  8. Prem babies are surviving longer, but still at risk of slow development

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0830 AEST / 1030 NZST

    The BMJ

    2017-08-17 08:30. Premature babies born in France in 2001 were more likely to survive and less likely to have severe or moderate disabilities by age 2 compared with those born in 1997, according to French researchers. Despite these improvements, Read more about Prem babies are surviving longer, but still at risk of slow development - Scimex

    InternationalFrench National Institute of Health and Medical Research
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Andrei Morgan
    Phone:
    +44 7377 577 971
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    andrei.morgan@inserm.fr
  9. Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0800 AEST / 1000 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Biology

    2017-08-17 08:00. A team of Australian and international researchers has found that migrating humpback whales change direction when they come within 3 km of noises similar to those produced during ocean oil and gas exploration. The researchers fired Read more about Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDThe University of Queensland|Curtin University|The University of Newcastle|The University of Sydney|Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group)|University of St Andrews, UK; Blue Planet Marine, ACT
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Rebecca Dunlop
    Phone:
    +61 7 5460 1963
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    r.dunlop@uq.edu.au
  10. Fly away home - homing pigeons get faster with confidence

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0800 AEST / 1000 NZST

    Journal of Experimental Biology

    2017-08-17 08:00. After strapping on accelerometers and GPS sensors to young homing pigeons, UK researchers found that their speed increased the more confident they were of the route home. They found that pigeons flap their wings differently Read more about Fly away home - homing pigeons get faster with confidence - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Oxford, UK
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lucy Taylor
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lucy.taylor@zoo.ox.ac.uk
  11. Health leaders call for national plan to address overdiagnosis and related overtreatment

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0600 AEST / 0800 NZST

    2017-08-17 06:00. Influential groups of Australian clinicians, consumers and policy makers have today launched a call to action to address the problems of overdiagnosis and related overtreatment. Location of Interest:. Australia. NSW. The University Read more about Health leaders call for national plan to address overdiagnosis and related overtreatment - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dan Gaffney
    Phone:
    +61481004782
    Position:
    Media adviser
    Email:
    daniel.gaffney@sydney.edu.au
  12. 'Carnivorous quoll' roamed ancient Turkey

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-08-17 04:00. US, UK and Australian scientists have discovered a cat-sized marsupial-like mammal called Anatoliadelphys maasae that lived in what is now Turkey more than 40 million years ago. They say the unusual creature, which was similar to a Read more about 'Carnivorous quoll' roamed ancient Turkey - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales|, University of Washington, USA, Seattle Children's Research Institute, USA, University of Salford, UK.
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Image available. Robin Beck is now permanently based in the UK. 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:
    Robin Beck
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    r.m.d.beck@salford.ac.uk
  13. Antarctic penguins are pooping out pollutants

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-08-17 04:00. Penguins in Antarctica are swallowing man made pollutants in the sea, particularly those that live near shipping routes, and plopping them out on Antarctic soil, altering the bacterial communities that live there, according to Read more about Antarctic penguins are pooping out pollutants - Scimex

    InternationalUniversitat de València, Spain
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    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:
    Antonio Camacho
    Phone:
    +34 6 1657 6895
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    antonio.camacho@uv.es
  14. Old trees don't lose their value in the fight against climate change

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    2017-08-17 04:00. German researchers have found that age doesn't slow tropical trees down, as they continue collecting and storing carbon from the atmosphere towards the end of their life. The researchers estimated the age, lifetime growth rates, Read more about Old trees don't lose their value in the fight against climate change - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Hamburg, Germany
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    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:
    Michael Köhl
    Phone:
    +49 171 2852984
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    michael.koehl@uni-hamburg.de
  15. Blocking synthetic drugs in the brain

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-17 03:00. It can be hard to determine the exact components in synthetic drugs. Fenethylline — a synthetic stimulant linked to pharmaceutical terrorism in the Middle East and used widely in conflict areas — has evaded many chemists, but Read more about Blocking synthetic drugs in the brain - Scimex

    InternationalThe Scripps Research Institute, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • 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:
    Kim Janda
    Phone:
    +1 858 784 2516
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    kdjanda@scripps.edu
  16. Jellyfish galaxy tentacle pressure also feeds supermassive black holes

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-17 03:00. International scientists, including an Australian, have studied seven jellyfish galaxies, characterised by long ‘ tentacles’ of gas and newly born stars. They found that six of the seven have central supermassive black holes, Read more about Jellyfish galaxy tentacle pressure also feeds supermassive black holes - Scimex

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    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:
    Bianca Poggianti
    Phone:
    +39 340 7448663
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    bianca.poggianti@oapd.inaf.it
  17. ANU-led study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0300 AEST / 0500 NZST

    Nature

    2017-08-17 03:00. Australian-led research has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist. The team found the answer in ancient sedimentary rocks from central Read more about ANU-led study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth - Scimex

    Australia; ACTThe Australian National University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video 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:
    Jochen Brocks
    Phone:
    +61 2 6125 7946
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jochen.brocks@anu.edu.au
  18. Still not Braziliant - the curly question of pubic hair grooming injuries

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Dermatology

    2017-08-17 01:00. Around a quarter of people who groom their pubic hair have suffered some kind of injury as a result, according to a US study of 7, 570 men and women. Cuts were the most common injury, followed by burns and rashes. However, the vast Read more about Still not Braziliant - the curly question of pubic hair grooming injuries - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of California, San Francisco, 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:
    Benjamin N. Breyer via Elizabeth Fernandez
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Elizabeth.Fernandez@ucsf.edu
  19. Alternatives to opioid pain relief post-surgery

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Surgery

    2017-08-17 01:00. Acupuncture and electrotherapy can potentially reduce and delay opioid use for people recovering from knee surgery, according to US researchers. To prevent patients transitioning to chronic pain or opioid dependence many studies Read more about Alternatives to opioid pain relief post-surgery - Scimex

    InternationalStanford University, 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:
    Tina Hernandez-Boussard via Tracie White
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    traciew@stanford.edu
  20. Indigenous science stars helped to shine

    Publicly released: Thu 17 Aug 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    2017-08-17 00:01. A program designed to encourage greater visibility for Indigenous researchers and academics in the media is underway at NITV and SBS in Sydney as part of National Science Week. The initiative developed by the Australian Science Read more about Indigenous science stars helped to shine - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; ACTAustralian Science Media Centre
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lyndal Byford
    Phone:
    +61 7120 8666
    Email:
    lyndal@smc.org.au