John Pickering

Dr John Pickering is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch and a Senior Research Fellow in Acute Care in the Emergency Department of Christchurch hospital. John aims to blog on science, health, and occasionally political issues. He believes publicly funded science should be made public - so publishes regular "cheesecake files" about his own research. John is on Twitter @kiwiskinz

The Face of Kidney Attack - Kidney Punch

Apr 03, 2013

It ain’t pretty, it’s Acute Kidney Injury.  This case was probably brought on by leptospirosis.  This is the face of a well known New Zealander.  Do you recognise him?  He’s kindly lent his name to my research on AKI.  I will reveal that name in future posts as I tell his remarkable story. Tagged: Acute … Continue reading »

Kidneys Are The Hardest Workers In Your Body - Kidney Punch

Mar 15, 2013

Reblogged from Factographs: World Kidney Day — March 14 this year — is a worldwide awareness campaign that aims to draw attention to kidney disease. Yet another awareness campaign? Yes, we’re afraid so. But this one isn’t pointless. Kidney disease affects a lot of people throughout the globe, and around 10 percent of US adults. … Continue reading »

Happy WKD - Kidney Punch

Mar 13, 2013

I love living in NZ, it enables me to be the first in the world to wish everyone a happy World Kidney Day.  May your kidneys never lack oxygen, be always filtering, and ever distant from the nephrologists biopsy needle! Let me remind you:  If it weren’t for your kidneys where would you be You’d … Continue reading »

Diabetes in NZ – new scary data - Kidney Punch

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 »

Live from UOC 40th anniversary lectures - Kidney Punch

Feb 20, 2013

This afternoon I have heard presentations from seven former students of the Christchurch Med School (University of Otago Christchurch), almost all now Professors.  It has been fascinaying and moving. 1.00 – 1.25 Professor Vicky Cameron, Cardiovascular risk factors in Maori and non- Maori communities: Strategies for improved clinical management’  Fascinating comparision between an urban Maori, … Continue reading »

The Measure of Māori Wellness - Kidney Punch

Feb 18, 2013

Winston Peters is employing classic diversion techniques in order to avoid answering questions as to why he hasn’t sacked Mr Prosser – in this case it is an attack on the associate Ministry of Health about funding of traditional Māori healing (rongoā Māori) through Whanau Ora (apparently $1.9M worth).  He claims that there is no measure of … Continue reading »