Tagged: End stage renal failure

A vision of kiwi kidneys - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 05, 2017

Sick of writing boring text reports?  Take a leaf out of Christchurch nephrologist Dr Suetonia Palmer’s (@SuetoniaPalmer) book and make a visual abstract report. Here are two she has created recently based on data collected about organ donation and end stage renal failure by ANZDATA (@ANZDATARegistry). Enjoy.     ps. The featured … Read More

Cooking up a new kidney - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Apr 15, 2013

The Boston Kidney Recipe Take an unwanted kidney. Disconnect from plumbing. Wash away cells (use plenty of detergent). Take resultant scaffold and reseed with a few cells obtained from someone needing the kidney. Place in bioreactor and “cook” for 3 to 5d (or until done) Place regenerated kidneys into the transplant recipient and connect to … Continue reading » … Read More

Diabetes in NZ – new scary data - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Mar 01, 2013

If this doesn’t scare you, you are an Ostrich.  Otago University researcher Dr Kirsten Coppell has released new data on the prevalence of diabetes in New Zealand.  See here for the press release. Basic data: 7% of New Zealanders over the age of 15 have diabetes 18.6% have pre-diabetes which typically leads to Type II … Continue reading » … Read More

An implantable artificial kidney - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jan 16, 2013

$100 Dialysis is my vision.  University of California San Francisco researchers are doing some exciting research that may well be a step on the way.  They are developing an implantable artificial kidney .  They have a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ArtificialKidney for those wishing to follow progress.  $13M is needed to bring it clinical trials – I … Continue reading » … Read More

The Hunting of the SNARF - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 01, 2012

Some of you may know Lewis Carroll’s classic nonsense poem “The hunting of the Snark”.  Eight men set off with a blank map to find the mythical Snark.  And the Banker, inspired with a courage so new           It was matter for general remark,      Rushed madly ahead and was lost to their view           … Continue reading » … Read More

The critical 1st 6 months post dialysis - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 27, 2012

Know someone about to start dialysis?  I am sitting in a conference hall and have just heard a fascinating talk by Prof Chris MacIntyre about the danger to other organs for those undertaking dialysis.  The stress dialysis puts on the vasculature is the culprit.  Myocardial stunning can occur in nearly 2 out of 3 paients … Continue reading » … Read More

Hopeful signs - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 31, 2012

I began blogging with $100 Dialysis – the vision.  The technical challenge is to develop cheap and perhaps novel  means to filter the blood of nitrogenous waste products.  Below is an example of three approaches, one is a more user-friendly way to use existing technology, another utilizes nanotech, and the third although not aimed at … Continue reading » … Read More

I am a pee scientist - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Mar 07, 2012

I’m often asked “What do you do?”   In order to avoid those glazed over looks, and in honor of World Kidney Day, I present to you Dr John’s five minute intro to his study of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). What is Acute Kidney Injury and why does it matter? AKI is the very rapid … Continue reading … Read More

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