Kidney Punch

Lives to be saved on March 14th 2013

John Pickering 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 » … Read More

Time to get rid of drug advertising

John Pickering 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 » … Read More

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An implantable artificial kidney

John Pickering 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 » … Read More

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Do we talk about the right cancers?

John Pickering 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 » … Read More

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The minister missed the point

John Pickering Dec 10, 2012

Last week Radio NZ put together a piece on grant funding.  The audio can be downloaded from here http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2540317/scientists,-minister-at-odds-over-research-funding Prof Juliet Gerrard, Dr Mark Green, Dr Robin Olds, Dr David Baddeley and myself all pointed out that the government grant funding system is in crisis because only 7-8% of applications are funded.  We also noted … Continue reading » … Read More

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Hope for Type I diabetics

John Pickering Nov 23, 2012

Living Cells Technology have announced the beginning of phase II trials of their product for helping Type I diabetics (they call it DIABECELL).  The idea behind the technology is to inject cells (called islet cells – normally present in the pancreas) that can sense glucose levels and release insulin.  LCT has managed to isolate these … Continue reading » … Read More

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Obama 91% Romney 9%

John Pickering Nov 07, 2012

I published yesterday about my modeling showing Ricky Ponting’s last innings helps predicts the chance of Australia winning.  Today I came across the New York Times “538″ blog which uses a prediction model to predict Obama currently has a 91% chance of winning the Presidential Elections.  The reason it is so different from the polls … Continue reading » … Read More

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