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

Legends - Kidney Punch

Apr 10, 2012

Kidney donors are legends.  The following is an extract (used with permission) from the Autumn newsletter of Kidney Health New Zealand (www.kidney.co.nz)   The Governor General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, recently hosted an afternoon tea at Government House in Wellington to recognise living donors and acknowledge the gift they have given. … Continue reading »

Glenn urinates in space - Kidney Punch

Feb 23, 2012

Well, it could have been the headline around the world 50 years ago.  One of my prized possessions is a copy of NASA’s report on the “First United States Manned Orbital Space Flight” which John Glenn flew 50 years ago this week.  The flight lasted about 5 hours, but that was plenty long enough for … Continue reading »

A brave beginning - Kidney Punch

Jan 24, 2012

Food depravation, occupation by fascist overlords, and decades before the invention of PCs and the blog are hardly conducive conditions for research, let alone major breakthroughs.  One man thought not.  Willem J Kolff, a physician in Kampden hospital in the Netherlands was perturbed by not being able to do anything for people who went into … Continue reading »

Kidneys are Kool with a capital K - Kidney Punch

Jan 13, 2012

The kidney is still very much a black box to me.  Hence, the box in this mini-infographic (a “minfo”) describing some of the cool stuff our kidneys do.  As you can tell, it is not just a brilliant filter getting rid of waste products but so much more.  Dialysis (with the aid of Nephrologists’ potions) … Continue reading »

$100 Dialysis — the vision - Kidney Punch

Jan 09, 2012

$100 dialysis will do for health what the $100 computer did for education. I have no expertise in dialysis, I’ve only published one paper and a letter that address it directly. What I know is that there are millions the world over with kidney failure whose only hope is transplant or dialysis.  What I see is that dialysis is … Continue reading »