Kidney Punch

The legend of Chris Martin: Part I

John Pickering Jul 05, 2013

His innings may be over, but the legend lives on.  Chris Martin retired this week from international cricket. He was a legend with ball and he was a legend with bat, for quite different reasons.  His Test batting average of 2.36 was the worst ever of any international cricketer who batted in more than 15 … Continue reading » … Read More

Open letter for a professional association regarding impact factors

John Pickering Jul 03, 2013

Dr John Pickering Department of Medicine University of Otago Christchurch Christchurch New Zealand Dr Peter Kerr Editor Nephrology Journal of the Asia Pacific Society of Nephrology 3 July 2013 Re:  Open letter regarding the Nephrology journal’s use of impact factors Dear Dr Kerr As an occasional referee for Nephrology and member of the ANZSN affiliated … Continue reading » … Read More

Too little pee

John Pickering Jun 26, 2013

This week’s post is really about the coloured stuff & why too little of it is dangerous.  Note, I say coloured stuff because it aint just yellow – check out this herald article if you don’t believe me (or just admire this beautiful photo). Story time A long time ago, when Greeks wore togas, and … Continue reading » … Read More

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Significantly p’d

John Pickering Jun 20, 2013

I may be a pee scientist, but today is brought to you by the letter “P” not the product.  “P” is something all journalists, all lay readers of science articles, teachers, medical practitioners, and all scientists should know about.  Alas, in my experience many don’t and as a consequence “P” is abused. Hence this post.  … Continue reading » … Read More

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Science New Zealand

John Pickering Jun 15, 2013

I’ve started a new Flipboard magazine called “Science New Zealand.”  Does anyone want to be a co-curator so we can collect news & commentary about NZ science & scientists in one place? See http://flip.it/6v48t Tagged: Flipboard, media, New Zealand, Science … Read More

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A more complete equation

John Pickering Jun 10, 2013

  Lots of chat from fellow science bloggers (see here, here, here and here) about fluoridation following the recent Hamilton City Council decision. Naturally most of the posts focus on the science and the logic (or otherwise) of the arguments around fluoridation.  I have no knowledge about fluoridation per se and have nothing to add to the science. … Continue reading » … Read More

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Annual Academic Spam Awards

John Pickering Jun 04, 2013

More annoying than those who boast of the number of unread emails in their inbox are the spammers who contribute to that number.  I’m fortunate to have a university IT department that effectively filters mountains of spam.  Nevertheless, some make it through to my inbox.  In the forlorn hope that I will shame these spammers … Continue reading » … Read More

Injury, function, and death

John Pickering May 29, 2013

When they say your tests are positive for a disease just what do they mean?  If it is a simple blood or urine test often they mean that the concentration measured is outside (above or below) some  reference range.  In my field of Kidney Attack (a.k.a. acute kidney injury: AKI) two tests of the same … Continue reading » … Read More

H7N9 kills and attacks kidneys

John Pickering May 24, 2013

27% of patients with H7N9 Influenza A died.  This is the finding of a report just released  in the New England Journal of Medicine is a study of 111 of the 132 confirmed cases of H7N9 Influenza A*. Acute Kidney Injury or “Kidney Attack” was amongst the most common complications. Of the 111 patients we … Continue reading » … Read More

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