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

Faith justified? – a vital tale - Kidney Punch

Oct 19, 2012

Expensive pee or elixir of life?  The two extreme views of multivitamins.  I’ve been taking multivitamins for a number of years now.  I’ve taken them on faith backed by a little evidence.  This week, I think for the first time, a randomised controlled trial has provided high quality evidence that my faith is justified.  More … Continue reading »

Note to self – eat more chocolate - Kidney Punch

Oct 17, 2012

Apparently the pinnacle of one’s scientific career is to win a Nobel Prize.  Having not won a Nobel yet I will just need to accept by faith that it would indeed be the pinnacle of my career.  Thanks to a brilliant article in the New England Journal of Medicine this week I now have a … Continue reading »

The Hunting of the SNARF - Kidney Punch

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 »

Vitamin D: “Silver bullet or fool’s gold?” - Kidney Punch

Sep 21, 2012

Vitamin D has had big raps lately.  We know that low levels of it correlate with higher levels of some diseases, but does taking a supplement help?  An article in the Herald this morning by Martin Johnson nicely outlines a study  being undertaken by Professor Robert Scragg of the University of Auckland.  His is the … Continue reading »

One third of New Zealanders addicted to food: fact or fiction? - Kidney Punch

Sep 20, 2012

Today’s Press Headlines read “Third of Kiwis ‘need to kick food addiction’” The quote is attributed to Professor Doug Sellman, Director of the National Addiction Centre and is a call for more funding to support this group. My first reaction was “Give someone a hammer and everything looks like a nail.” Alas, I can’t leave … Continue reading »

How can donor rates be increased? : guest post - Kidney Punch

Sep 17, 2012

I read the following in Kidney Health New Zealand’s annual report and with KHNZ and Paula Martin’s permission I have reproduced her great report.  I am thrilled to see such important research being undertaken and as you’ll read, Paula has great motivation.  Paula is a PhD Candidate in the Health Services Research Centre, School of Government, Victoria … Continue reading »