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Two new Health Research Council grants worth crowing about - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 07, 2013

This week’s announcement by the HRC of Feasibility Study and Emerging Researcher grants have many great projects.  Two in particular are worth crowing about (because they have some relationship to kidneys and they involve two excellent people).  I have put summaries in their own words below, but first my comments. Dr Palmer (Department of Medicine, … Continue reading » … Read More

Cooking up a new kidney - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Apr 15, 2013

The Boston Kidney Recipe Take an unwanted kidney. Disconnect from plumbing. Wash away cells (use plenty of detergent). Take resultant scaffold and reseed with a few cells obtained from someone needing the kidney. Place in bioreactor and “cook” for 3 to 5d (or until done) Place regenerated kidneys into the transplant recipient and connect to … Continue reading » … Read More

The Face of Kidney Attack Part II - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Apr 10, 2013

This guy crawls through bat dung for fun.  He also runs incredibly long distances and then cycles or kayaks more.  If you’ve not guessed already, our Face of Kidney Attack is multisport and adventure racer Sir Steve Gurney (He’s not really “Sir” but anyone who does what he does deserves some sort of honorific and … Continue reading » … Read More

The Face of Kidney Attack - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Apr 03, 2013

It ain’t pretty, it’s Acute Kidney Injury.  This case was probably brought on by leptospirosis.  This is the face of a well known New Zealander.  Do you recognise him?  He’s kindly lent his name to my research on AKI.  I will reveal that name in future posts as I tell his remarkable story. Tagged: Acute … Continue reading » … Read More

Kidneys Are The Hardest Workers In Your Body - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Mar 15, 2013

Reblogged from Factographs: World Kidney Day — March 14 this year — is a worldwide awareness campaign that aims to draw attention to kidney disease. Yet another awareness campaign? Yes, we’re afraid so. But this one isn’t pointless. Kidney disease affects a lot of people throughout the globe, and around 10 percent of US adults. … Continue reading » … Read More

Diabetes in NZ – new scary data - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Mar 01, 2013

If this doesn’t scare you, you are an Ostrich.  Otago University researcher Dr Kirsten Coppell has released new data on the prevalence of diabetes in New Zealand.  See here for the press release. Basic data: 7% of New Zealanders over the age of 15 have diabetes 18.6% have pre-diabetes which typically leads to Type II … Continue reading » … Read More

Live from UOC 40th anniversary lectures - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Feb 20, 2013

This afternoon I have heard presentations from seven former students of the Christchurch Med School (University of Otago Christchurch), almost all now Professors.  It has been fascinaying and moving. 1.00 – 1.25 Professor Vicky Cameron, Cardiovascular risk factors in Maori and non- Maori communities: Strategies for improved clinical management’  Fascinating comparision between an urban Maori, … Continue reading » … Read More

How many times do you wash your blood each day? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Feb 01, 2013

Stop Kidney Attack.  See this great short video from last year’s World Kidney Day as to why it is so very very important to look after your kidneys. Or as Fred Dagg may sing “If it weren’t for your kidneys, where would you be? You’d be in the hospital or infirmary.” Tagged: Acute Kidney Injury, … Continue reading » … Read More

Lives to be saved on March 14th 2013 - Kidney Punch

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