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  1. Kiwi GPs unaware of guidelines around obesity risk in pregnancy

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-03-17 12:00. While the majority of GPs are aware of the risks of obesity in pregnancy, over half don’t consistently follow the recommended standards, according to new research from Tauranga Hospital and the University of Otago. Based on a Read more about Kiwi GPs unaware of guidelines around obesity risk in pregnancy - Scimex

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago|Tauranga Hospital
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release

    Name:
    Helen Paterson
    Phone:
    +64 3 474 0999 extn 58933
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    helen.paterson@otago.ac.nz
  2. Abortion pill is safe and effective alternative to surgical abortion

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-03-17 12:00. Abortion pills are a safe and effective alternative to surgical abortions for early pregnancies, according to an Australian study. The authors looked at data from over 15, 000 women from a clinic setting. The women were given a Read more about Abortion pill is safe and effective alternative to surgical abortion - Scimex

    Australia; VICMarie Stopes International in Australia
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Philip Goldstone
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    philip.goldstone@mariestopes. org.au
  3. Link between Vitamin D treatment and autism prevention

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 1100 AEDT / 1300 NZDT

    Molecular Autism

    2017-03-17 11:00. Giving vitamin D supplements to mice during pregnancy prevents autism traits in their offspring, University of Queensland researchers have discovered. The discovery provides further evidence of the crucial role vitamin D plays in Read more about Link between Vitamin D treatment and autism prevention - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Professor Darryl Eyles
    Phone:
    d.eyles@uq.edu.au
    Position:
    Neurobiology group leader
    Email:
    +61 7 3346 6370
  4. Epigenetics may be the epitome of understanding cancer

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 1032 AEDT / 1232 NZDT

    Science

    2017-03-17 10:32. Your epigenome is a plethora of chemical compounds that tell your DNA what to do and can influence everything from obesity and mental health to heart disease and cancer without changing the DNA sequences in your genes. Australian Read more about Epigenetics may be the epitome of understanding cancer - Scimex

    Australia; VICPeter MacCallum Cancer Centre|The University of Melbourne
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release. Video available. Contact the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for access to the paper.

    Name:
    Mark Dawson
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    mark.dawson@petermac.org
  5. One in four elderly Australian women have dementia

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 0501 AEDT / 0701 NZDT

    Emerging Themes in Epidemiology

    2017-03-17 05:01. At least a quarter of Australian women over 70 will develop dementia, according to University of Queensland researchers. Australian policy makers previously had to rely on dementia rates from international studies, or extrapolated Read more about One in four elderly Australian women have dementia - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Dr Michael Waller
    Phone:
    +61 7 3365 5598
    Position:
    Lead Author
    Email:
    m.waller@uq.edu.au
  6. Hot or cold, climate helped shape your nose

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    PLOS Genetics

    2017-03-17 05:00. Our noses are one of our most distinctive facial features, and they do the important job of conditioning the air we breathe so it's warm and moist when it reaches our lungs. The vast variety of snoz shapes across the world aren't Read more about Hot or cold, climate helped shape your nose - Scimex

    InternationalPennsylvania State University, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Arslan A. Zaidi
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    saz5078@psu.edu
  7. Next-gen steel under the microscope

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Science

    2017-03-17 05:00. Next-generation steel and metal alloys are a step closer to reality, thanks to an international research project involving a University of Queensland scientist. The work could overcome the problem of hydrogen alloy embrittlement Read more about Next-gen steel under the microscope - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Professor Roger Wepf
    Phone:
    +61 7 3346 3966
    Position:
    Director, Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis
    Email:
    r.wepf@uq.edu.au
  8. Earlier diagnosis of autism using blood test

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    PLOS Computational Biology

    2017-03-17 05:00. A new blood test can determine if a child is on the autism spectrum with 96 per cent accuracy, according to American researchers. Previous research had found that there are differences in a specific metabolic pathway - associated Read more about Earlier diagnosis of autism using blood test - Scimex

    InternationalRensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York
    • 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:
    Juergen Hahn
    Phone:
    +1 518 276 2138
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    hahnj@rpi.edu
  9. A parent's touch can transform a baby's brain

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 0300 AEDT / 0500 NZDT

    Current Biology

    2017-03-17 03:00. Babies' earliest experiences of touch impacts how their brains respond to gentle touch later, according to US research, which looked at the impact of touch on both premature and full term babies. The researchers found that preterm Read more about A parent's touch can transform a baby's brain - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Nathalie Maitre
    Phone:
    nathalie.maitre@nationwidechildrens.org
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    +1 615 457 7277
  10. Let's face it: a face-lift could lift four years off your age

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 0200 AEDT / 0400 NZDT

    JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

    2017-03-17 02:00. Women who've had a face-lift could be seen as younger, more attractive, more successful and healthier, according to a US study. The researchers showed 483 people photos of 13 women either before or after their surgery, and had them Read more about Let's face it: a face-lift could lift four years off your age - Scimex

    InternationalJohns Hopkins 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:
    Lisa Ishii
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    learnes2@jhmi.edu
  11. End urged for 'unjust' and 'statistically unsound' prohibition on fertility treatment for obese women

    Publicly released: Fri 17 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-03-17 00:01. A new paper published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has called for an end to ‘ unjust’ guidelines restricting obese Australian women’ s access to assisted fertility treatment Read more about End urged for 'unjust' and 'statistically unsound' prohibition on fertility treatment for obese women - Scimex

    Australia; SAFlinders University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Grant Smyth
    Position:
    Journalist
    Email:
    grant.smyth@flinders.edu.au
  12. New hope to people with traumatic brain injury and their families

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 1500 AEDT / 1700 NZDT

    2017-03-16 15:00. A University of Sydney study is offering families with a loved one who has suffered a traumatic brain injury the chance to take part in a ten week communication training program. This kind of therapy is often out of reach due to Read more about New hope to people with traumatic brain injury and their families - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Kobi Print
    Phone:
    +61 481 012 729
    Position:
    Media and PR Adviser
    Email:
    kobi.print@sydney.edu.au
  13. Thrush treatment doesn't ditch the itch

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-03-16 12:00. The most commonly recommended treatment of recurrent thrush, or vulvovaginal candidiasis, is not particularly effective, say Australian researchers, with most guidelines recommending a standard six month treatment with anti-fungals Read more about Thrush treatment doesn't ditch the itch - Scimex

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

    No media release

    Name:
    Danielle Mazza
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    Danielle.mazza@monash.edu
  14. Protein doppelgangers are long-lost cousins

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Plant Cell

    2017-03-16 12:00. A 60-year-old mystery has been solved by biochemists at The University of Western Australia investigating the origin of a type of digestion-inhibiting proteins thought only to exist in two plant families that contain the important Read more about Protein doppelgangers are long-lost cousins - Scimex

    Australia; WAThe University of Western Australia
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Please contact UWA for a copy of the paper.

    Name:
    Dr Joshua Mylne
    Phone:
    +61 8 6488 4415
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    joshua.mylne@uwa.edu.au
  15. EXPERT REACTION: Snowy river hydro 2.0

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 1100 AEDT / 1300 NZDT

    2017-03-16 11:00. The Federal Government will announce its intervention in the electricity debate with a $2bn expansion of the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme. Below an Australian expert comments. Environment / Climate / Energy. Tech / Engineering / Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Snowy river hydro 2.0 - Scimex

    Australia; ACTThe Australian National University|Australian Science Media Centre
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Lyndal Byford
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  16. NZ dog diet study a wake-up call for animal nutrition

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 1100 AEDT / 1300 NZDT

    Life, Bio and Health Sciences

    2017-03-16 11:00. Dog owners can improve the wellbeing of their canine companions by serving up a high meat diet rather than the “ human-like” fare favoured by many, a new study shows. Society / Lifestyle. Registered journalists should sign in Read more about NZ dog diet study a wake-up call for animal nutrition - Scimex

    New ZealandAgResearch|Massey University
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Jarrod Booker
    Phone:
    +64 3 321 8612
    Position:
    External Communications Manager
    Email:
    media@agresearch.co.nz
  17. Dolphins' double-calorie workout

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 0900 AEDT / 1100 NZDT

    Journal of Experimental Biology

    2017-03-16 09:00. Six bottle-nosed dolphins, formerly from the US Navy, have helped scientists learn more about how the animals expend energy during different types of swimming and diving. US researchers spent six months training the dolphins to Read more about Dolphins' double-calorie workout - Scimex

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

    Name:
    Terri Williams
    Position:
    Corresponding author
    Email:
    williams@biology.ucsc.edu
  18. Bearded dragons colour match their home territory

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 0900 AEDT / 1100 NZDT

    Journal of Experimental Biology

    2017-03-16 09:00. While chameleons are best known for their pyrotechnic colour displays, Australian bearded dragons are also capable of switching between muted shades in a matter of seconds. University of Melbourne scientists studied dragons from Read more about Bearded dragons colour match their home territory - Scimex

    Australia; VIC; NTThe University of Melbourne|Deakin University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Image available.

    Name:
    Vivian Cadena
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    viviana.cadena@unimelb.edu.au
  19. Best constrictor on the lot, kingsnakes eat larger snakes for breakfast

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 0900 AEDT / 1100 NZDT

    The Journal of Experimental Biology

    2017-03-16 09:00. The kingsnake earns its name from its ability to capture, constrict, and kill other snakes larger than themselves, but new research has found that their dominance may be because they can apply much higher constriction pressures Read more about Best constrictor on the lot, kingsnakes eat larger snakes for breakfast - Scimex

    InternationalMissouri Southern State University, USA, University of Louisiana, USA
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    David Penning
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    davidapenning@gmail.com
  20. Biofuel blend in jet engines reduces contrails

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Nature

    2017-03-16 05:00. Mixing biofuel with regular fuel helps reduce 50 to 70 per cent of particle emissions from cruising planes, according to new research from NASA. With fewer particles popping out of the planes’exhausts, there will be far fewer Read more about Biofuel blend in jet engines reduces contrails - Scimex

    InternationalNASA Langley Research Center, USA; Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Germany
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • 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:
    Richard Moore
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    richard.h.moore@nasa.gov