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  1. Don't get burned by cupping therapy fad

    Publicly released: Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-19 00:01. Cupping 'therapy' - applying hot cups to the skin to create a vacuum - has been popularised by celebrities Michael Phelps and Kim Kardashian lately, but Australian experts warn that it can have unintended adverse effects. They Read more about Don't get burned by cupping therapy fad - Scimex

    Australia; VICMonash University|, Victorian Adult Burns Service, Alfred Hospital
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Marc Seifman
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    marcseifman@hotmail.com
  2. Could magic mushrooms curb euthanasia demand?

    Publicly released: Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-19 00:01. In an 'Perspectives' piece, an Australian expert discusses the use of psilocybin, the psychedelic drug that powers magic mushrooms, to treat depression among psychiatric and terminally ill patients. In initial trials in Europe and Read more about Could magic mushrooms curb euthanasia demand? - Scimex

    Australia; VICMillswyn Clinic, Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Nigel Strauss
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    drnigel@bigpond.net.au
  3. Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: study

    Publicly released: Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-19 00:01. The world’s largest randomised controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients. Led by RMIT University, the Read more about Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: study - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Professor Marc Cohen
    Position:
    Lead investigator
    Email:
    marc.cohen@rmit.edu.au
  4. Ultrasound sounds good for treating brain diseases

    Publicly released: Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-19 00:01. Aussie scientists say ultrasound could be a useful aid in delivering drugs to the brain and a treatment in itself for tremors. Ultrasound can partially unblock the protective blood-brain barrier that makes it hard to target Read more about Ultrasound sounds good for treating brain diseases - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Jürgen Götz
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    j.goetz@uq.edu.au
  5. Should Victoria set up a safe 'shooting gallery' in North Richmond?

    Publicly released: Mon 19 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    MJA

    2017-06-19 00:01. In a 'Reflections' article, an Australian GP from North Richmond Community Health argues that it's time Victoria followed New South Wales in setting up a safe place for heroin addicts to inject drugs in North Richmond. Provision of Read more about Should Victoria set up a safe 'shooting gallery' in North Richmond? - Scimex

    Australia; VICNorth Richmond Community Health
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Ines M Rio
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    ines.rio@optusnet.com.au
  6. Petrol sniffing stunts the growth of children

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 1208 AEST / 1408 NZST

    Addiction Research and Theory

    2017-06-16 12:08. “Petrol sniffing makes you shorter, and there’s no way to catch up even after you stop sniffing”says Professor Andrew Lawrence at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, discussing the latest research findings Read more about Petrol sniffing stunts the growth of children - Scimex

    Australia; VICFlorey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health|Menzies School of Health Research|The University of Adelaide|Flinders University|Ninti One
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Tom Keeble
    Position:
    Science Communications
    Email:
    thomas.keeble@florey.edu.au
  7. Students with ADHD failing to meet minimum education standards

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 1201 AEST / 1401 NZST

    Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

    2017-06-16 12:01. A new study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) has shown that Australian students with ADHD failing to meet minimum education standards. In fact, an alarming 40 per cent of students are failing to meet the Read more about Students with ADHD failing to meet minimum education standards - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Inga Feitsma
    Position:
    Communications Manager
    Email:
    inga.feitsma@mcri.edu.au
  8. GPS shows albatross hang out around fishing boats

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Conservation Biology

    2017-06-16 10:00. By sticking GPS loggers on wandering albatross, scientists have found the seabirds spend a lot of time hanging out around fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean, attracted by the free meal they get through discarded fishery waste. Read more about GPS shows albatross hang out around fishing boats - Scimex

    New Zealand; InternationalTe Papa, Sextant Technology
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Contact us for the paper

    Name:
    Sophie Speer
    Position:
    Communications advisor
    Email:
    sophie.speer@tepapa.govt.nz
  9. Regenerating froggy skin doesn't scar when you 'rip-it'

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 1000 AEST / 1200 NZST

    Developmental Dynamics

    2017-06-16 10:00. Cells below the surface of frog skin help it to regenerate without forming a scar, and could point the way to similar structures in human skin, say Japanese scientists. Xenopus laevis frogs can have scarless skin, even after deep Read more about Regenerating froggy skin doesn't scar when you 'rip-it' - Scimex

    InternationalTohoku University
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Hitoshi Yokoyama
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    yokoyoko@hirosaki-u.ac.jp
  10. Femme fatales: Fruit flies turn Trojan females

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    eLife

    2017-06-16 09:00. As a form of pest control, the 'Trojan female' theory, which leaves male offspring infertile, has been proven to work in fruit flies for the first time by New Zealand and Australian researchers. Since the Trojan female technique Read more about Femme fatales: Fruit flies turn Trojan females - Scimex

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Otago
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Neil Gemmell
    Phone:
    +64 3 479 6373
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    neil.gemmell@otago.ac.nz
  11. Last of the great auks - skin and organs reunited at last

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0900 AEST / 1100 NZST

    Genes

    2017-06-16 09:00. Not be confused with Tolkien's bloodthirsty orcs, the great auk (Pinguinus impennis) was a flightless, aquatic bird that became extinct around 173 years ago. Organs harvested from the last known pair are in the Natural History Read more about Last of the great auks - skin and organs reunited at last - Scimex

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Otago|Bangor University, UL; Natural History Museum of Denmark
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. New Zealand authors available for comment, but Nic Rawlence unavailable from Monday due to fieldwork.

    Name:
    Michael Knapp
    Phone:
    +64 3 479 5169
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    michael.knapp@otago.ac.nz
  12. Australia's Science Channel committed to STEM education

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0820 AEST / 1020 NZST

    2017-06-16 08:20. Australia’ s Science Channel is stepping up its commitment to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) inspiration by combining the successful Ultimate Careers publication with an innovative online science engagement Read more about Australia's Science Channel committed to STEM education - Scimex

    Australia; SARiAus
    • Other Science
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Hilary Jones
    Position:
    Contributing Editor, Education
    Email:
    hjones@riaus.org.au
  13. Slow-slip earthquakes help fault let off steam

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0530 AEST / 0730 NZST

    Science

    2017-06-16 05:30. Silent, slow earthquakes are less showy than their earth-shaking counterparts, but new research suggests they can help regularly relieve the pressure on dangerous fault lines, reducing the risk of larger quakes and associated Read more about Slow-slip earthquakes help fault let off steam - Scimex

    New Zealand; InternationalGNS Science|Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper available via EurekAlert! GNS Science author available for comment.

    Name:
    Laura Wallace
    Phone:
    +64 4 570 42 48
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    l.wallace@gns.cri.nz
  14. Volcanic magma "simmers" in a solid state

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    Science

    2017-06-16 04:00. Researchers studying the Taupō Volcanic Zone say magma spends more than 90 per cent of its life trapped at great depth and in a crystalline state, shedding light on what happens to magma before the liquid form known from eruptions. Read more about Volcanic magma "simmers" in a solid state - Scimex

    New Zealand; InternationalUniversity of Canterbury
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper available via EurekAlert.

    Name:
    Darren Gravley
    Position:
    NZ author
    Email:
    darren.gravley@canterbury.ac.nz
  15. Mutations could allow humans to spread bird flu

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Pathogens

    2017-06-16 04:00. A handful of genetic mutations could potentially allow the avian influenza H7N9 to spread between humans, according to an international team of scientists. While H7N9 normally infects birds, it has spread to nearly 800 people Read more about Mutations could allow humans to spread bird flu - Scimex

    InternationalThe Scripps Research Institute, USA
    • Health / Medical
    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:
    James Paulson
    Phone:
    +1 858 784 9634
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    jpaulson@scripps.edu
  16. Shining a glowing light helps the hunt for new malaria drugs

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0400 AEST / 0600 NZST

    PLOS Pathogens

    2017-06-16 04:00. A glowing protein has allowed Australian researchers to follow which genes are important for the development of the malaria causing parasite. A process that could be used to help find new drugs for malaria treatment. The malaria Read more about Shining a glowing light helps the hunt for new malaria drugs - Scimex

    Australia; VICThe University of Melbourne
    • 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:
    Christopher Goodman
    Phone:
    +61 3 8344 5053
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    deang@unimelb.edu.au
  17. Cycling and gardening dealing a blow to active older adults

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0100 AEST / 0300 NZST

    JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

    2017-06-16 01:00. As we stay active for longer, there could be some unexpected side-effects, according to US scientists. They say the number of women over 55 who sustain facial fractures while gardening is increasing, while in men of the same age, Read more about Cycling and gardening dealing a blow to active older adults - Scimex

    InternationalWayne State University School of Medicine, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Sport
    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:
    Peter F. Svider, via Phil Van Hulle
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    pvanhulle@med.wayne.edu
  18. Transparency in NZ healthcare

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-06-16 00:01. Following a complaint about a declined OIA requesting information about individual surgeons, the Health Quality &Safety Commission has been leading a process to increase transparency in the public reporting of health data, Read more about Transparency in NZ healthcare - Scimex

    New ZealandHealth Quality & Safety Commission
    • Health / Medical
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

  19. Med student debt rising in New Zealand

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-06-16 00:01. The student loan debt of New Zealand medical graduates is growing, with almost a third incurring a debt over $90, 000 by the end of their medical degree, according to new research in the New Zealand Medical Journal. The researchers Read more about Med student debt rising in New Zealand - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Phillippa Poole
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    p.poole@auckland.ac.nz
  20. Disabled Kiwis living in unhealthy homes

    Publicly released: Fri 16 Jun 2017 at 0001 AEST / 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    2017-06-16 00:01. Almost a quarter of New Zealanders are disabled according to a 2013 survey, and a quarter of these people are living in houses that are damp and hard to keep warm, say sustainable housing researchers in a viewpoint article. Across Read more about Disabled Kiwis living in unhealthy homes - Scimex

    New ZealandVictoria University of Wellington
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jacqueline McIntosh,
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    jacqueline.mcintosh@vuw.ac.nz