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

How many times do you wash your blood each day? - Kidney Punch

Feb 01, 2013

Stop Kidney Attack.  See this great short video from last year’s World Kidney Day as to why it is so very very important to look after your kidneys. Or as Fred Dagg may sing “If it weren’t for your kidneys, where would you be? You’d be in the hospital or infirmary.” Tagged: Acute Kidney Injury, … Continue reading »

Lives to be saved on March 14th 2013 - Kidney Punch

Jan 23, 2013

Kidney’s are being attacked every day.  Yours could be next.  So common and deadly are kidney attacks that the theme for this year’s World Kidney Day is “Kidneys for Life: Stop Kidney Attack!“ Kidney Attack, or as Physicians and scientists call it “Acute Kidney Injury,” is a syndrome which affects several thousand people a year … Continue reading »

Time to get rid of drug advertising - Kidney Punch

Jan 17, 2013

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where pharmaceutical companies are allowed to advertise to consumers directly.  I believe this is detrimental to our health and I call on the government to ban the practice immediately. Drugs are not like any other consumer product. There is one reason and one reason … Continue reading »

An implantable artificial kidney - Kidney Punch

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 »

Do we talk about the right cancers? - Kidney Punch

Dec 12, 2012

We all want a cure for cancer.  This is evident in the ideas put forward for the NZ Science Challenges (http://www.thegreatnzscienceproject.co.nz/home).  Will these ideas reflect the true need in New Zealand? Are all cancers equal or are some more equal than others?  Does the public perception of what is most important reflect the true health … Continue reading »