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

Hair trumps helmet - Kidney Punch

Jul 21, 2012

Christchurch city councilor and Canterbury Health Board member Aaron Keown is on another crusade.  This time he wants the bicycle helmet law repealed because “Putting a lid on your head messes up your hair, and for a lot of people that is an issue,”  (see here ). “Vanity, vanity, everything is vanity” and that should be … Continue reading »

Fat Rulz OK! - Kidney Punch

Jul 13, 2012

Dr Cat Pause is a Fat advocate.  For her “Obese” is a negative term, but Fat is good. She hit the headlines this week as the organiser of New Zealand’s first Fat Studies conference.  Listening to her interviews (see eg TVNZ interview) and reading some media around this event I detect two strains of argument 1. … Continue reading »

Health Research Council is broke - Kidney Punch

Jun 29, 2012

Do you want your health care professionals to be the well informed?  Do you want them to make decisions using the most accurate diagnostic tools? Do you want them to consider all alternatives?  – It’s a no brainer, of course the answers are “yes”, “yes”, and “yes.”  However, it will only happen in these professionals … Continue reading »

Hopeful signs - Kidney Punch

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 »

So it might not end after all - Kidney Punch

May 11, 2012

Just like scientists the world over, the Mayan’s evidently disagreed about when the world would end.  Check out the new calendar found predicting lunar eclipses many thousands of years in the future. Tagged: End of the world, Mayan