Tagged: $100Dialysis

$20bn for Medical Research! - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 15, 2014

Alas, not in New Zealand, but close … our Australian counterparts in medical research appear on the face of it to have scored big in what appears otherwise to be a grim Australian budget.  An AUD$20bn medical research “future fund” is to be established. This effectively means that by 2022-3 there will be twice the … Continue reading → … Read More

A day to celebrate - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Mar 13, 2014

If it weren’t for your kidneys where would you be? You’d be in the hospital or infirmary, If you didn’t have two functioning kidneys. (with apologies to John Clarke aka Fred Dagg) Happy World Kidney Day everyone. This blog started off life as $100 Dialysis because I believe that if we can make a computer … Continue reading → … Read More

How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Dec 02, 2013

Originally posted on Alexandre Afonso:In 2000, economist Steven Levitt and sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics about the internal wage structure of a Chicago drug gang. This piece would later serve as a basis for a chapter in Levitt’s (and Dubner’s) best seller Freakonomics. [1] The title of the… … Read More

Prostate cancer and omega 3 - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jul 12, 2013

The media is in a feeding frenzy with reports of a link between Omega 3 and Prostate Cancer.  Here’s a sample: Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Increased Prostate Cancer Risk Confirmed (Science Daily) Omega-3 supplements ‘could raise prostate cancer risk’ (Telegraph) Omega-3 supplements linked to prostate cancer (Fox) Omega 3 could increase cancer risk … Continue reading » … Read More

Nelson Mandela is on dialysis - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jul 06, 2013

CNN is reporting Nelson Mandela is on dialysis. http://t.co/HZTIlmGrtO.  This means he is suffering from Acute Kidney Injury, the disease I study.  Having to have dialysis is very serious. Unfortunately, survival rates are only about 50% by this stage, less in the very elderly.  Dialysis is not a treatment, merely a support for the kidney to … Continue reading » … Read More

The legend of Chris Martin: Part I - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jul 05, 2013

His innings may be over, but the legend lives on.  Chris Martin retired this week from international cricket. He was a legend with ball and he was a legend with bat, for quite different reasons.  His Test batting average of 2.36 was the worst ever of any international cricketer who batted in more than 15 … Continue reading » … Read More

Too little pee - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jun 26, 2013

This week’s post is really about the coloured stuff & why too little of it is dangerous.  Note, I say coloured stuff because it aint just yellow – check out this herald article if you don’t believe me (or just admire this beautiful photo). Story time A long time ago, when Greeks wore togas, and … Continue reading » … Read More

Significantly p’d - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jun 20, 2013

I may be a pee scientist, but today is brought to you by the letter “P” not the product.  “P” is something all journalists, all lay readers of science articles, teachers, medical practitioners, and all scientists should know about.  Alas, in my experience many don’t and as a consequence “P” is abused. Hence this post.  … Continue reading » … Read More