Kidney Punch

Christchurch has breast cancer research hub

John Pickering Jun 09, 2015

Guest post by: Kim Thomas, Communications Manager at the University of Otago, Christchurch A team of specialist cancer researchers have joined forces to focus on the impact of obesity on breast cancer. The researchers all work at the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Mackenzie Cancer Research Group. The Group is headed by Canterbury District Health Board […] … Read More

What is your number?

John Pickering May 22, 2015

Last night I had the honour to speak following the AGM of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF).  The CMRF are a fantastic organisation I’ve talked about before.  They are also one of three sponsors of my current research fellowship.  What I talked about was volunteers and clinical trials.  Two days ago the world celebrated Clinical […] … Read More

Ten Commandments of PowerPoint™ presentations

John Pickering May 03, 2015

In my “most cringing” file, ranking somewhere alongside brussel sprouts and Abba, are PowerPoint(TM) presentations that are unreadable and distracting. I have made it my mission to rid the world of annoying animation, fantastic fonts, garrulous graphs, and tortuous tables. The following are my commandments – ignore them and dreadful things will be visited on […] … Read More

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Major government health directive monitored for efficacy and safety

John Pickering Apr 09, 2015

Last year I was fortunate to become part of a team at Christchurch hospital led by emergency care physician, Dr Martin Than. About 7 years ago in response to some local issues with how patients presenting with chest pain were being evaluated for potential heart attacks, Dr Than began a research program that investigated what […] … Read More

I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This. . .

John Pickering Mar 13, 2015

Originally posted on Intelligently Artificial:I’m not even going to pretend that there isn’t a conflict of interest here.  A better, more ethical person would take steps to maintain their objectivity and protect their sense of integrity.  But in a world where news anchor Brian Williams can singlehandedly drive the Taliban out of Afghanistan, and… … Read More

Hot oil baths and other things to do on World Kidney Day 2015

John Pickering Mar 11, 2015

“In ancient times the Persian philosopher Avicenna [Ibn Sina] noted that urine may be retained in crisis of fever (s393) and prescribed hot oil baths (s413)(1). Unfortunately, apart from the supportive therapy of dialysis, there has been little progress since in the treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI).”(2) Given that getting AKI at least doubles […] … Read More

Cantabrians, this is your life

John Pickering Feb 27, 2015

There is little more precious than our health and that of those we love. “Research saves lives” is  Canterbury Medical Research Foundation’s (CMRF) proudly held motto. The CMRF has been supporting the people of Canterbury for 55 years thanks to the generosity of Cantabrians. In that time they have funded more than $22 million in grants.  Yesterday […] … Read More

beyond reasonable doubt: a significant improvement

John Pickering Jan 15, 2015

For the second time in a week I have removed the word “significant” from a draft manuscript written by a colleague of mine in clinical medicine. In a significantly p’d I wrote about the myth of significance – that is about the ubiquitous use of the term “significant” in the medical literature to mean a […] … Read More

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