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 critical 1st 6 months post dialysis - Kidney Punch

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 »

Medals per capita is biased - Kidney Punch

Aug 14, 2012

The Games are over, let the analysis begin. We’ve had some fun with ranking countries’ performance at the London Olympics according to medals per million (medals per capita) or medals per 100 billion of Gross Domestic Product (see my tables below).  As I predicted a few posts back, the medals per capita will be one … Continue reading »

North Korea leads the Olympics – Medals per dollar of GDP - Kidney Punch

Aug 06, 2012

Do richer countries perform better than poorer?  Is sporting prowess more important to a country’s leaders than feeding their population?  Or does this table reflect real sporting prowess. You be the judge.  North Korea (DPR Korea) leads the medals per US$100 Billion of Gross Domestic Product (2010 figures from the UN statistics), Moldova and Mongolia … Continue reading »

$6,126,820 - Kidney Punch

Aug 02, 2012

$6,126,820 has been sitting on my fridge for the last two years. I aim to raise this over 20 years so as to continue my research.  Yes – I confess, I am the Six million dollar man (Historical reference for those over 40).  Sounds a lot of money, but let’s put this in context.  Because … Continue reading »