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  1. EXPERT REACTION: Tropical Cyclone Debbie

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Mar 2017 at 1129 AEDT / 1329 NZDT

    2017-03-27 11:29. It has been reported that Tropical Cyclone Debbie, a category 2 cyclone, is set to intensity to a category 4 by tomorrow morning, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. Environment / Climate / Energy. Society / Lifestyle. Rural / Read more about EXPERT REACTION: Tropical Cyclone Debbie - Scimex

    Australia; QLDAustralian Science Media Centre
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    Name:
    Ben Kaldi
    Phone:
    +61 8 7120 8666
    Position:
    Science Information Officer
    Email:
    info@smc.org.au
  2. Gut bacteria new weapon in fight against asthma

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Mar 2017 at 0100 AEDT / 0300 NZDT

    Thoracic Society for Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting

    2017-03-27 01:00. Results from the Australian trial of a radical new approach to asthma are being presented for the first time and offer hope to the estimated one million Australians struggling to control the disease. Research on fibre supplements Read more about Gut bacteria new weapon in fight against asthma - Scimex

    Australia; ACTThoracic Society for Australia and New Zealand
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Petrana Lorenz
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    petrana@arkcommunications.com.au
  3. Millions of Australian adults missing out on free, life-saving vaccinations

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    Medical Journal of Australia

    2017-03-27 00:01. Up to 3.8 million Australian adults are missing out on free vaccinations each year, putting themselves at risk of contracting life-threatening, yet preventable infections, according to a report from the Medical Journal of Australia Read more about Millions of Australian adults missing out on free, life-saving vaccinations - Scimex

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

    Digital media package available. To learn more about UNSW VIRL and why Australia’s overall attitude to adult vaccination is short-sighted, tee up an interview next Monday, March 27 with the list of experts in the attached release.

    Name:
    Kirsten Bruce or Aaron Dowling
    Phone:
    +61 2 9968 3741
  4. NEWS BRIEFING: New Aussie malaria vaccine succeeds in tests on humans, including the Professor behind it

    Publicly released: Mon 27 Mar 2017 at 0001 AEDT / 0201 NZDT

    2017-03-27 00:01. Researchers from Griffith University have developed a new malaria vaccine and showed that it works in early trials in humans. In fact, Professor Michael Good had so much faith in the vaccine that he stepped back from his usual Read more about NEWS BRIEFING: New Aussie malaria vaccine succeeds in tests on humans, including the Professor behind it - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDGriffith University|Australian Science Media Centre
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Animation available.

    Name:
    Skye Small
    Phone:
    +61 7 5552 9102
    Position:
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    Email:
    skye.small@griffith.edu.au
  5. Cutting salt could cut night-time loo visits

    Publicly released: Sun 26 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    32nd European Association of Urology Conference

    2017-03-26 11:01. Cutting the amount of salt in your diet could cut your need to pee in the middle of the night, according to an international study. The authors gathered 321 Japanese people who had a high salt intake and had problems sleeping, and Read more about Cutting salt could cut night-time loo visits - Scimex

    InternationalNagasaki University, Japan
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Tomohiro Matsuo
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    tomo1228@nagasaki-u.ac.jp
  6. Disturbed breathing while asleep increases night-time peeing

    Publicly released: Sun 26 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    European Association of Urology Conference

    2017-03-26 11:01. A Dutch study has found that providing treatment to patients who experience sleep apnea - a difficulty breathing while asleep - can reduce their need to get up and pee during the night. More than 50 per cent of men and women over Read more about Disturbed breathing while asleep increases night-time peeing - Scimex

    InternationalEuropean Association of Eurology
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Please mention the European Association of Urology (EAU) in your story. This work has not gone through a journal peer-review process. This work is amongst the top-rated 150 abstracts (out of 1171 accepted from around 5000 submissions) from the EAU congress. It was reviewed for suitability and accuracy by members of the EAU communications group at more than one stage in development, and subsequently reviewed by a specialist in the field on behalf of the EAU.

    Name:
    Sajjad Rahnama’i
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    sajjad_r@yahoo.com
  7. MRIs could cut needless biopsies for prostate cancer screen

    Publicly released: Sat 25 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    32nd European Association of Urology Conference

    2017-03-25 11:01. Adding a MRI into the mix for prostate cancer detection could halve over-diagnosis, cut unnecessary biopsies by 70 per cent, while still detecting similar numbers of dangerous cancer, according to an international study. After a Read more about MRIs could cut needless biopsies for prostate cancer screen - Scimex

    InternationalErasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Arnout Alberts
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    a.r.alberts@erasmusmc.nl
  8. Stem cells rise to the occasion in treating erectile dysfunction

    Publicly released: Sat 25 Mar 2017 at 1101 AEDT / 1301 NZDT

    The 32nd European Association of Urology Conference

    2017-03-25 11:01. Using stem cells taken from abdominal fat, a Danish research group was able to reverse impotency in eight out of twenty one patients. The researchers injected the stem cells into the fleshy area of the patients' penises, and, Read more about Stem cells rise to the occasion in treating erectile dysfunction - Scimex

    InternationalOdense University Hospital, Denmark
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Dr Martha Haahr
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    martha.haahr@gmail.com
  9. Lung experts warn against legalising nicotine in e-cigarettes

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1232 AEDT / 1432 NZDT

    Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting

    2017-03-24 12:32. Australia’ s peak body representing lung health professionals - the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) - has welcomed Australia’ s Therapeutic Goods Administration’ s (TGA) decision to uphold the ban on Read more about Lung experts warn against legalising nicotine in e-cigarettes - Scimex

    Australia; ACTThoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Petrana Lorenz
    Position:
    Media contact
    Email:
    petrana@arkcommunications.com.au
  10. Planting native vegetation for productive crops

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1230 AEDT / 1430 NZDT

    2017-03-24 12:30. The University of Adelaide, working with South Australian industry groups, is helping farmers and growers design and implement native plantings to support bee and other insect populations needed to pollinate their crops and orchards Read more about Planting native vegetation for productive crops - Scimex

    Australia; SAThe University of Adelaide
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Katja Hogendoorn
    Phone:
    +61 8 8313 6555
    Position:
    Research Associate, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Email:
    katja.hogendoorn@adelaide.edu.au
  11. Early prelabour caesareans twice as common in private hospital

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1230 AEDT / 1430 NZDT

    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

    2017-03-24 12:30. Despite early-term prelabour caesareans occurring almost twice as often in a private hospital, babies born in a public hospital had more adverse outcomes and treatment escalations, according to an Australian study. The authors Read more about Early prelabour caesareans twice as common in private hospital - Scimex

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

    No media release.

    Name:
    Nicole Adams
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    nicole.adams@uq.net.au
  12. Do we need to re-assess the safety of the world's most popular weedkiller?

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1200 AEDT / 1400 NZDT

    Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health

    2017-03-24 12:00. International scientists argue that it's time to re-assess the safety of Monsanto's glyphosate, the most widely used agricultural weedkiller on the planet. Current standards are based on out-of-date and non-peer reviewed science, Read more about Do we need to re-assess the safety of the world's most popular weedkiller? - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Rural / Agricultural
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

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

    Name:
    Laura Vandenberg
    Phone:
    +1 413 577 7405
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    lvandenberg@schoolph.umass.edu
  13. The top 10 foreign objects children most commonly swallow

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1145 AEDT / 1345 NZDT

    Anales de Pediatria

    2017-03-24 11:45. A Spanish study has found that fish bones, toothpicks and coins are among the most common objects that children accidentally swallow. Buttons, magnets, and toys were also in the top 10. The researchers looked at the medical records Read more about The top 10 foreign objects children most commonly swallow - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of the Basque Country, Spain
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Santiago Mintegi
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    santiago.mintegi@osakidetza.eus
  14. Life experiences can help earthquake preparation

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 1100 AEDT / 1300 NZDT

    International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

    2017-03-24 11:00. Experiencing a disaster like a major earthquake can help people prepare for future disasters, but how do you motivate people to prepare if they've never experienced such an event? A new study suggests other experiences - like a Read more about Life experiences can help earthquake preparation - Scimex

    New ZealandGNS Science, Massey University
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    No media release.

    Name:
    Julia Becker
    Phone:
    +64 4 570 4795
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    jbecker@gns.cri.nz
  15. Rise of 'superbug' tuberculosis a threat

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0930 AEDT / 1130 NZDT

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

    2017-03-24 09:30. Although we have new antibiotics to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis, their effectiveness could soon be lost if other aspects of the healthcare system aren't up to scratch, according to international scientists. The authors say we Read more about Rise of 'superbug' tuberculosis a threat - Scimex

    InternationalUniversity of Cape Town, South Africa
    • Health / Medical
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Keertan Dheda
    Phone:
    +27 845 577 754
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    keertan.dheda@uct.ac.za
  16. Spiritual retreats change brain chemical systems

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0930 AEDT / 1130 NZDT

    Religion, Brain and Behavior

    2017-03-24 09:30. A preliminary U.S. study has found that people who attend spiritual retreats experience changes in the 'feel-good' chemical systems of the brain. The research found that transporters of these brain chemicals -dopamine and serotonin Read more about Spiritual retreats change brain chemical systems - Scimex

    InternationalThomas Jefferson University
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Andrew Newberg
    Phone:
    +1 215 503 3422
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    andrew.newberg@jefferson.edu
  17. New Australian guidance for dealing with sites contaminated with firefighting foam chemicals

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0800 AEDT / 1000 NZDT

    2017-03-24 08:00. New national guidance – published this week and made freely available to all by Australia’ s leading science-based partnership in the prevention, assessment and remediation of environmental contamination – offers the most Read more about New Australian guidance for dealing with sites contaminated with firefighting foam chemicals - Scimex

    AustraliaCRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CARE)
    • Health / Medical
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Name:
    Adam Barclay
    Phone:
    0429779228
    Position:
    Communication Manager
    Email:
    adam.barclay@crccare.com
  18. Rethink of hazards after Kaikoura earthquake

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Science

    2017-03-24 05:00. Last November's Kaikoura earthquake will likely change the way scientists think about earthquake hazards in plate boundary zones, according to the first study to come out of the data collected during and immediately after the Read more about Rethink of hazards after Kaikoura earthquake - Scimex

    New ZealandGNS Science
    • Environment / Climate / Energy
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    • Business / Politics
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Paper available via EurekAlert. Expert reaction, Q&A and graphic included.

    Name:
    Ian Hamling
    Phone:
    +64 4 570 4568
    Position:
    Lead author
    Email:
    i.hamling@gns.cri.nz
  19. UNSW scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-ageing

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    Science

    2017-03-24 05:00. UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars. Health / Medical. Society / Lifestyle. Tech / Engineering / Space. Read more about UNSW scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-ageing - Scimex

    Australia; NSWThe University of New South Wales
    • Health / Medical
    • Society / Lifestyle
    • Tech / Engineering / Space
    SMC Pick
    Note for journalists:

    Contact UNSW to obtain a copy of the paper

    Name:
    Gabrielle Dunlevy
    Phone:
    +61423972802
    Position:
    Senior Media Advisor
    Email:
    g.dunlevy@unsw.edu.au
  20. Mosquito monitoring has limited benefit in dengue control

    Publicly released: Fri 24 Mar 2017 at 0500 AEDT / 0700 NZDT

    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

    2017-03-24 05:00. US scientists conducted a study in Iquitos, Peru, which found that mosquito monitoring surveys traditionally used to predict dengue outbreaks are largely ineffective. Every year, an estimated 100 million people around the world Read more about Mosquito monitoring has limited benefit in dengue control - Scimex

    Australia; International; QLDUniversity of North Carolina
    • Health / Medical
    • 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:
    Elizabeth Cromwell
    Phone:
    +1 206 897 2829
    Position:
    Author
    Email:
    elizabeth.cromwell@gmail.com