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Science Media Centre

an independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines

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ebola outbreak

During the largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease on record the SMC has been providing journalists with information and expert comment as the situation develops

For Journalists

The Science Media Centre provides journalists with what they need in the timeframe they need it, from interviews with leading experts to timely press briefings on topical issues.

for scientists

As well as providing advice and support to scientists already engaging with the media, the Science Media Centre runs events to introduce experts to what that involves.

for press officers

Primarily a press office, the Science Media Centre works closely with press officers from universities, industry, research funders and leading science and engineering institutions.

expert reaction to survey on e-cigarettes and tobacco cessation

Attempting to explore the use of e-cigarettes in smokers and their effect on quitting smoking, researchers publishing in the American Journal of Public Health have reported that smokers who had ever used e-cigarettes were less likely to quit smoking than those who had never used e-cigarettes. read more

expert reaction to surveys of e-cigarette use in teenagers

Researchers publishing in the BMJ Open have surveyed a group of school-age children in Wales to examine habits around use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The study reports that regular smokers were more likely than non-smokers to use e-cigarettes, and that around 1.5% of those sampled regularly used of e-cigarettes. read more

expert reaction to depression, diabetes and dementia

As depression and diabetes are individually thought to be risk factors for dementia, a team of researchers has investigated the effects of having both depression and diabetes. Publishing in JAMA Psychiatry, the researchers report that the risk of developing dementia is greater for people with both depression and diabetes than would be expected by simple addition of the individual risks for each disease. read more

expert reaction to arginine and Alzheimer’s

A paper published in The Journal of Neuroscience has analysed the profiles of chemicals involved in immune signalling in mice which are used as a model of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers report that the disease is associated with an immunosuppressive pattern, in contrast to previous views which see the disease driven by immunity and inflammation. The study also reports low levels of a particular component of proteins in the brains of affected mice, and drugs which countered this also reduced measures of the disease and and presence of immunosuppressive cells. read more

expert reaction to dementia and body mass index

A study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal has investigated a link between BMI and risk of dementia in a group of people in the UK aged over 40. The authors report an inverse correlation between BMI and dementia risk, contrary to previous suggestions. read more

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