SINGAPORE: Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a type of luminescent imaging probes that could allow for acute kidney failure to be detected early, NTU said in a press release on Thursday (Jul 11). 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. A Singapore patent has been filed for the technology, which the scientists hope to test on critically ill patients next. TRACKING CHANGES AT THE MOLECULAR LEVEL 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. Currently, there are no diagnostic platforms that are able to detect early stage, pre-morbid changes that underlie acute renal failure. “For patients who are critically ill, like those in the intensive care unit, every minute is precious in reversing a condition like … [Read more...] about NTU scientists develop luminescent probe to detect acute kidney failure early
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SINGAPORE: He is “Mr Toilet Man” to many, and well known for being the founder of the World Toilet Organisation. But few know that Singaporean toilet activist Jack Sim is a shrewd businessman, retired property developer and self-made millionaire who came from a poor family, failed his O levels and went on to own 15 properties. He was even a construction site supervisor once, but not a particularly good one. “I supervised construction workers, but I didn’t know how to do this job, so my work was really shabby,” recalled the 62-year-old. “The foreman of the construction site told my boss to take me out of the site because I was totally unprofessional, and that was true.” He eventually quit that job, and went on to sell building materials and develop properties — and the programme Money Mind finds out how he succeeded in business before switching roles to become a campaigner for cleaner toilets. (Watch the two episodes here and here .) TALKATIVE STUDENT, TOP … [Read more...] about From O-level failure to millionaire at 29, on a policy of honesty first
SINGAPORE: The big news two weeks ago was that Singapore’s economic growth had slowed to 0.1 per cent in the second quarter of this year – the slowest seen in a decade. The main drag was manufacturing, with the electronics and precision engineering sectors especially affected. I myself was surprised by how weak the growth data was, which was way below what even the most bearish economist was predicting. For non-economists, let’s cut through the statistics being hurled to and fro. Here is my take for ordinary folks out there: QUESTION: AS AN AVERAGE SINGAPOREAN, SHOULD I BE WORRIED? I’m with the Ministers who’ve taken to Facebook on this one. The decade-low growth has triggered some concerns that a recession is headed our way, and the possibility is indeed real. But don’t panic – yet. There may be a potential technical recession, which is a sequential slowdown that stretches into the third quarter. What it might possibly lead to in a worst-case scenario is a … [Read more...] about Commentary: What slowing growth means for the man in the street
NEW YORK: Facebook's plan to hire professional journalists instead of relying solely on algorithms to deliver news is a positive step but is unlikely to shake up an embattled media industry, analysts say. The social media giant said on Tuesday (Aug 20) it would build a small team of journalists to select the top national news of the day "to ensure we're highlighting the right stories". READ: Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab It comes as the US media landscape is plagued by job losses and newspaper closures, with organisations trying to figure out how to record profits in the age of free news. Stories will appear in a section called the "news tab", which will be separate from the traditional news feed that displays updates and content from users' friends and relatives. "In theory, I see this as a really positive development. It is something quite promising," Danna Young, a communications professor at the University of Delaware, told AFP. … [Read more...] about What does Facebook’s plan to hire journalists mean for media industry?
As multiple recent elections on both sides of the Atlantic have proven, the pollsters can quite easily be wrong. To find out more about the crisis of confidence in polling, we caught up with Don Vaughn, Ph.D., Head of Product at data analytics firm Invisibly, which claims to have predicted the outcome of the US presidential election to the greatest degree of accuracy. According to Vaughn, a fundamental overhaul to traditional polling methods is needed, with an emphasis on real-time research. Check out our list of the best customer feedback tools right now We've built a list of the best survey tools for customer research Here's our list of the best WordPress survey plugins out there What is the difference between a poll and a survey? Polls traditionally focus on the measurement of one thing, for example an election race. Surveys typically involve a broader series of questions on a topic and attempt to collect more data. Why do you say that traditional polling … [Read more...] about It’s about time traditional polling methods were revaluated