Friday, 12 July 2019

NTU scientists develop luminescent probe to detect acute kidney failure early

Source: cna

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a type of luminescent imaging probes that could allow for acute kidney failure to be detected 1.5 days earlier than current molecular imaging procedures.

The new probes, which have been tested on mice, could potentially be used in test strips for urine samples, allowing for a non-invasive method of detecting kidney failure, NTU said.

Acute kidney failure - a condition when the kidneys stop working suddenly - usually occurs in a few hours or a few days and can be fatal.

“For patients who are critically ill, like those in the intensive care unit, every minute is precious in reversing a condition like acute kidney failure, which can cause a patient’s health to deteriorate rapidly,” said NTU Associate Professor Pu Kanyi.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ntu-develop-probe-detect-acute-kidney-failure-early-science-11710806

Experts call for athletes to be banned from taking a chemical found in SPINACH because it has a 'steroid effect'


It was the secret to Popeye’s super-human strength – but leading athletes look likely to be banned from following his lead.

Nearly a century after the creation of the cartoon sailor, and his love of spinach, scientists have realised he might have been on to something.

Researchers at the Free University of Berlin have found that ecdysterone – a hormone found in spinach – is so powerful that they want it considered a performance-enhancing drug.

The research team found a significant spike in performance among those who took the supplement in large quantities.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7185353/Athletes-banned-taking-chemical-SPINACH-steroid-effect.html

Ditching saturated fats may 'do more harm than good' as people miss out on nutrients

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Telling people not to eat saturated fat may be bad advice and do more harm than good, experts have warned.

Avoiding saturated fats entirely instead of considering the more general health impact of foods may mean important nutrients are missed.

Eggs, dark chocolate, meat and cheese, for example, are high in fat but also contain a lot of vital nutrients and vitamins.

Researchers criticised the World Health Organization for recommending that people cut down on saturated fats instead of being more specific.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7210011/Ditching-saturated-fats-harm-good.html

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