Kidney Punch

Sam Sam the kidney man

John Pickering Apr 23, 2012

Kidney recipients are brave and inspiring.  The following is an extract (used with permission) from the Autumn newsletter of Kidney Health New Zealand ( I am fortunate enough to know the specialists that helped this young man.  Admirable work – well done people. Sam’s story (benefactor of the John Velvin Trust) Hello, my name is … Continue reading » … Read More


John Pickering Apr 10, 2012

Kidney donors are legends.  The following is an extract (used with permission) from the Autumn newsletter of Kidney Health New Zealand (   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 » … Read More

The strange tale of high blood pressure and the cattle prod

John Pickering Apr 03, 2012

This is a good news story for all with high blood pressure.  It may even get you and extra decade or two here on earth.  High blood pressure is a killer.  It leads to heart attacks, strokes, and, yes, kidney failure.   Funnily enough, it is the kidney which regulates blood pressure – more on that … Continue reading » … Read More

Glenn urinates in space

John Pickering 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 … Read More

A brave beginning

John Pickering 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 … Read More

Kidneys are Kool with a capital K

John Pickering 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 … Read More