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  1. Environmental researchers win Mahathir Science Award

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 1130 AEDT / 1330 NZDT

    2017-03-21 11:30. Work by a trio of University of Queensland researchers and their teams to help save tropical habitats has prompted government policy changes in Malaysia, Indonesia and around the world. The researchers’ work advancing natural Read more about Environmental researchers win Mahathir Science Award - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDThe University of Queensland
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Professor Kerrie Wilson
    Phone:
    +61 7 3365 2829
    Position:
    Director, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
    Email:
    k.wilson2@uq.edu.au
  2. Higher temperatures linked to diabetes risk

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care

    2017-03-21 10:30. A global temperate rise of 1° C would result in approximately 100, 000 new cases of type 2 diabetes in the USA per year, according to new Dutch research. This is based on a tissue process that converts food to heat energy. This Read more about Higher temperatures linked to diabetes risk - Scimex

    InternationalLeiden University, The Netherlands
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Lisanne Blauw
    Phone:
    +31 715 265 303
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    l.l.blauw@lumc.nl
  3. Overweight teens more likely to develop liver disease later in life

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 1030 AEDT / 1230 NZDT

    Gut

    2017-03-21 10:30. Using a sample size of 1.2 million men, Swedish scientists have found that overweight young men were nearly 50 per cent more likely to develop liver disease in later life than men of average weight. Men who had developed type 2 Read more about Overweight teens more likely to develop liver disease later in life - Scimex

    InternationalKarolinska University Hospital, 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:
    Hannes Hagström
    Phone:
    +46 8 5858 2305
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    hannes.hagstrom@ki.se
  4. Study reveals 90,000-year history of Murray-Darling Basin

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 0900 AEDT / 1100 NZDT

    Scientific Reports

    2017-03-21 09:00. A study led by The Australian National University and researchers in France has for the first time identified the sources of water in the Murray-Darling Basin during the past 90, 000 years, including periods of floods and drought. Read more about Study reveals 90,000-year history of Murray-Darling Basin - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; ACTThe Australian National University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker
    Phone:
    +61 2 6125 2070
    Position:
    Research School of Earth Sciences
    Email:
    Patrick.Dedeckker@anu.edu.au
  5. Protein could prevent brain damage caused by stroke

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 0600 AEDT / 0800 NZDT

    PNAS

    2017-03-21 06:00. A small protein that could protect the brain from stroke-induced injury has been discovered by researchers from The University of Queensland and Monash University. Health / Medical. Registered journalists should sign in (top right) Read more about Protein could prevent brain damage caused by stroke - Scimex

    Australia; QLDThe University of Queensland|Monash University
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Interviews are available with researchers who speak fluent English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Mandarin.

    Name:
    Gemma Ward
    Phone:
    +61 439 651 107
    Position:
    Senior Communications Officer
    Email:
    communications@imb.uq.edu.au
  6. Hazy outlook for Beijing

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Nature Climate Change

    2017-03-21 03:00. Researchers from China and Australia have predicted a hazy future for Beijing, with an increase in frequency and persistence of severe haze events for the city. Suggesting a link to rapid industrialisation and urbanisation, the Read more about Hazy outlook for Beijing - Scimex

    Australia; VICCSIRO
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • 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:
    Hong Liao
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    hongliao@nuist.edu.cn
  7. Kea shriek triggers infectious play

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Current Biology

    2017-03-21 03:00. Cheeky behaviour is pretty standard for kea, but new research has found that a specific kea squawk provokes playfulness in a kind of emotional contagion previously only seen in mammals. The researchers had noticed that kea use a Read more about Kea shriek triggers infectious play - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland|University of Canterbury|Messerli Research Institute, Austria
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Images and video available. The lead author completed this research as part of his PhD at The University of Auckland, he is now in Austria.

    Name:
    Raoul Schwing
    Phone:
    +43 664 602 572 695
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    raoul.schwing@vetmeduni.ac.at
  8. Kiwi teens rate well-being higher when involved in community

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 0130 AEDT / 0330 NZDT

    Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal Of Social Sciences Online

    2017-03-21 01:30. New Zealand teens who participate in activities associated with positive youth development (such as volunteering or belonging to a group or team outside of school) rated their well-being as higher than non-participating teens from Read more about Kiwi teens rate well-being higher when involved in community - Scimex

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

    Contact us for the paper. No media release.

    Name:
    Simon Denny
    Phone:
    +64 9 923 9400
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    s.denny@auckland.ac.nz
  9. Final chunk of North American ice sheet will be gone in 300 years

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 0130 AEDT / 0330 NZDT

    Geophysical Research Letters

    2017-03-21 01:30. Ice cover in the Canadian Arctic has been rapidly disappearing since the 1970s, but new research based on emission scenarios predicts that the entire North American ice sheet will disappear in the next 300 years. Past geological Read more about Final chunk of North American ice sheet will be gone in 300 years - Scimex

    InternationalSimon Fraser University, Canada; University of Colorado, U.S.A
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Contact us for the paper, or use the link for media in the press release. Images and video available.

    Name:
    Gifford Miller
    Phone:
    +1 303 492 6962
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    gmiller@colorado.edu
  10. 'Healthy' breads contain more salt than a packet of chips

    Publicly released: Tue 21 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    2017-03-21 00:01. It’s a staple eaten by millions of Australians, but a new study has revealed the hidden levels of salt within our daily bread. Researchers from The George Institute for Global Health analysed 1439 bread products from 2010-2017 Read more about 'Healthy' breads contain more salt than a packet of chips - Scimex

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

    The full report is available for reporters and will be uploaded to Scimex Friday afternoon. Key findings are currently attached focusing on the loaves and flat breads with the highest and least amount of salt. Public Health Nutritionist Clare Farrand is available for live interviews and is strong on both radio and TV.

    Name:
    Julia Timms
    Phone:
    +61 410 411 983
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    jtimms@georgeinstitute.org.au
  11. HOT NORTH Fellowships to improve health outcomes in the tropics

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Mar 2017 at 1344 AEDT / 1544 NZDT

    2017-03-20 13:44. Five post-doctoral health professionals have been awarded Fellowships to help close critical gaps in health outcomes in northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific region as part of the unique collaborative program Improving Health Read more about HOT NORTH Fellowships to improve health outcomes in the tropics - Scimex

    Australia; NTMenzies School of Health Research
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Paul Dale
    Phone:
    +61 8 8946 8658
    Position:
    Senior communications officer
    Email:
    communications@menzies.edu.au
  12. Super fine merino wool good for kids with eczema

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Mar 2017 at 1230 AEDT / 1430 NZDT

    British Journal of Dermatology

    2017-03-20 12:30. A clinical trial led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is challenging the myth that wool is a possible source of allergy and irritates the skin for eczema sufferers. The study published in the British Journal of Read more about Super fine merino wool good for kids with eczema - Scimex

    Australia; VICMurdoch Childrens Research Institute
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Parent of patient available for interview

    Name:
    Katherine Loftus
    Phone:
    +61 3 8341 6269
    Position:
    Senior Communications Advisor
    Email:
    katherine.loftus@mcri.edu.au
  13. A game changer for imaging in South Australia

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Mar 2017 at 0630 AEDT / 0830 NZDT

    2017-03-20 06:30. The South Australian Health and Medical Institute (SAHMRI) is thrilled to launch its partnership with Bellberry Limited to establish the Bellberry Molecular Imaging Program; a project that will allow the development of a series of Read more about A game changer for imaging in South Australia - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Bridgette Whittle
    Phone:
    +61 8 8128 4153
    Position:
    Media Manager
    Email:
    bridgette.whittle@sahmri.com
  14. Many older doctors don't want to call it quits

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-03-20 00:01. Over a third of doctors aged above 55 aren't sure about retiring or don't plan to, according to an Australian study. The authors surveyed 1, 048 older doctors and found that connecting with people on the job and a sense of purpose Read more about Many older doctors don't want to call it quits - Scimex

    Australia; NSW; SAFlinders University|The University of New South Wales|The University of Sydney
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Chanaka Wijeratne
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Chanaka.Wijeratne@health.nsw.gov.au
  15. Decline in genital warts among young Aboriginal people

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-03-20 00:01. There has been a marked drop in genital warts among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia since the Government introduced the national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program. Health / Medical. Read more about Decline in genital warts among young Aboriginal people - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Laurie Legere
    Phone:
    +61 413 476 647
    Position:
    Media and Communications Manager
    Email:
    llegere@kirby.unsw.edu.au
  16. 'Thumbs up' for future of people with rheumatoid arthritis

    Publicly released: Mon 20 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-03-20 00:01. People with with rheumatoid arthritis have "much to look forward to", according to Australian authors. There is a variety of drugs currently available, more in the pipeline, and many related genes have been found, which will help Read more about 'Thumbs up' for future of people with rheumatoid arthritis - Scimex

    Australia; VIC; QLD; WA; TASUniversity of Tasmania|Monash University|Curtin University
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Graeme Jones
    Position:
    Author
  17. Amazonian diet keeps hearts healthy

    Publicly released: Sat 18 Mar 2017 at 0315 AEDT / 0515 NZDT

    The Lancet

    2017-03-18 03:15. The Tsimane people — a forager-horticulturalist population of the Bolivian Amazon — have some of the healthiest hearts in the world, US research shows. As we get older, our arteries harden, but for Tsimane people this hardening Read more about Amazonian diet keeps hearts healthy - Scimex

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

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

    Name:
    Hillard Kaplan
    Phone:
    +1 505 228 7309
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    hkaplan@unm.edu
  18. Massive ice cap once covered South Georgia

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 2100 AEDT / 2300 NZDT

    Nature Communications

    2017-03-17 21:00. A famous wildlife haven was covered by a massive ice cap during the last ice age, scientists have discovered. It was widely believed that the waters around South Georgia in the southern Atlantic have been teeming with sea-bed Read more about Massive ice cap once covered South Georgia - Scimex

    Australia; ACTUniversity of Canberra|University of Exeter (UK)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Duanne White
    Position:
    Associate Professor of Science
    Email:
    Duanne.White@canberra.edu.au
  19. Severe bleaching event observed on the southern Great Barrier Reef

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 1400 AEDT / 1600 NZDT

    2017-03-17 14:00. A mass coral reef bleaching event at One Tree Island in the southern Great Barrier Reef has been described as “the worst ever seen”by a marine scientists from UTS. Professor David Booth is currently surveying coral habitat and Read more about Severe bleaching event observed on the southern Great Barrier Reef - Scimex

    Australia; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    This is in response to the following Nature paper: https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/halt-warming-to-save-the-great-barrier-reef

    Name:
    Rebecca Gallegos
    Position:
    Marketing & Communications Officer
    Email:
    rebecca.gallegos@uts.edu.au
  20. Low FODMAP diet effective in women with IBS and endometriosis

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 1201 AEDT / 1401 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecolog

    2017-03-17 12:01. Low FODMAP diet - a diet low in certain sugars and carbohydrates - can help relieve symptoms for women suffering from both irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and endometriosis, according to new research using data from a specialised Read more about Low FODMAP diet effective in women with IBS and endometriosis - Scimex

    Australia; New ZealandMonash University|Intus Digestive and Colorectal Care , Christchurch
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Judith Moore
    Phone:
    +61 3 9903 0233
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    Judith.moore@monash.edu