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Archive: Kidney Punch August 2012

Aunty Cecily

John Pickering Mar 09, 2017

This International Women’s Day I read a re-post of a wonderful article about Otago University women in science.  I thought I’d add another one, my Aunt Cecily, or to the rest of the world Dame Cecily Pickerill. Dame Cecily Pickerill. Aunty Cecily was clever, determined, and, yes, a tough woman.   It was those qualities that helped her … Read More

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Big data + Big science = Big health

John Pickering Feb 03, 2017

Big data and big science are buzz phrases in health research at the moment.  It is not at all apparent what the exact definition of these are or should be and whether they will be short lived in our lexicon, but I think it reasonable to assume that where there is buzz there is honey. Big Data I think of … Read More

Heart attacks in NZ – are women getting a raw deal?

John Pickering Aug 31, 2016

This week the NZ Herald published an article saying doctors are failing to spot heart attacks in thousands of women.  This sounds alarming, could it be happening in NZ? Are women getting a raw deal? Important questions.  This post looks at the study behind the media and then at how heart attacks are being diagnosed in New Zealand. The Herald … Read More

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Cheesecake files: A world second for heart attacks

John Pickering Mar 07, 2016

Going to the Emergency Department with chest pain no longer means an almost certain night in hospital.  Friday saw the publication online of our randomised controlled trial comparing two different strategies to rapidly rule-out heart attacks in people who present with chest pain to hospitals.  Here’s a précis: What’s the problem? Chest pain is common – 10% or … Read More

The effect of cannabis legalisation on Emergency Care 

John Pickering Feb 27, 2016

Medical cannabis application guidelines are to be reviewed, announced Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne this week. Co-incidently a paper was published* in the Annals of Emergency Medicine on the effect on Emergency Care of legalising medical marijuana use in Colorado. Alas, this article is behind a paywall.  It does not have a lot of detail. However, it is relevant to the … Read More

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What’s going on at the UOC?

John Pickering Feb 09, 2016

Q. What has Mars, Epidemics, Heart Disease, Infection, and Pacifika got in common? A. They are all central to research project at the University of Otago Christchurch (UOC). Here are some excerpts for the UOC summer newsletter (Written by UOC communications manager, Kim Thomas). Christchurch in NASA Mars project role University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers are playing a crucial role … Read More

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