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Archive: Kidney Punch December 2012

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

Toms River

John Pickering Nov 10, 2015

Toms River is a mystery. Not a mystery about the missing apostrophe, though that does warrant a thorough investigation. Rather, Toms River is a forensic mystery, an intrigue of science and health, of the marvels of chemical manufacturer and of the mischievousness of chemical pollution, and finally of that old conundrum of correlation verse causation. The writing flows like that … Read More

DIY bowel screening kits

John Pickering Aug 17, 2015

The Press headlines this morning claim the Ministry of Health is blocking bowel screening tests. The article itself states the MoH does “not recommend” use of do-it-yourself bowel screening kits.  I can find no MoH press release relating to these kits, so I am a little confused as to whether or not the MoH is blocking anything […] … Read More

Two minds about funding heart research

John Pickering Aug 14, 2015

Recently I had a knock on the door from an enthusiastic young man talking about heart research. Given that has been the focus of my research for the last 18 months or so I was delighted that someone was out there trying to raise money for research. However, my delight was, in retrospect,was tempered somewhat […] … Read More

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