Kidney Punch

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

John Pickering 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 » … Read More

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How can donor rates be increased? : guest post

John Pickering 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 » … Read More

The critical 1st 6 months post dialysis

John Pickering 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 » … Read More

Medals per capita is biased

John Pickering 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 » … Read More

North Korea leads the Olympics – Medals per dollar of GDP

John Pickering 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 » … Read More