Tagged: death

Injury, function, and death - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 29, 2013

When they say your tests are positive for a disease just what do they mean?  If it is a simple blood or urine test often they mean that the concentration measured is outside (above or below) some  reference range.  In my field of Kidney Attack (a.k.a. acute kidney injury: AKI) two tests of the same … Continue reading » … Read More

1300 - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Feb 20, 2013

Today’s number brought to you by Funeral Directors of New Zealand.     Kidney Attack (aka Acute Kidney Injury) is responsible for at least 1300 deaths a year in New Zealand.  It used to be said that people died with Acute Kidney Injury rather than of Acute Kidney Injury.  The paradigm has shifted in the last few … Continue reading » … Read More

What Kiwis die of – Part III: Changes with age - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 15, 2013

Over the last month we have been looking at the data on the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. First we looked at what people thought they would die of, and then we looked at differences in the causes … Read More

What Kiwis die of – Part II: The battle of the sexes - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 31, 2013

Two weeks ago, we asked Kiwis what they thought they would die of, and compared their responses to the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. Mike Dickison produced a beautiful infographic* of the causes that were responsible for more than 1% … Read More

What do Kiwis die of? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 18, 2013

I have never really understood why some people are desperate for immortality. Like those crazy millionaires who have their heads frozen in liquid nitrogen. I am not afraid of dying, but I would like to die painlessly and without much fuss, and preferably with all my faculties intact*. But what am I likely to die of? We looked at … Read More

A challenge to our leaders — why don’t we legalise euthanasia? - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 05, 2011

By Richard Denniss, Crawford School at Australian National University We can choose so many of our life experiences, but it seems we can have no say in whether we die in pain or at peace. Today we consider why we don’t have a policy on physician-assisted suicide. It’s often said that the only certain … Read More

Treating Health - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh May 26, 2011

Philosophically, I have a deep disquiet about the tendency of my profession to medicalise health. While I have no qualms at all about vigorously treating risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, I confess to being a little dubious about the advisability of blindly treating the general population with the cocktail of drugs [...] Related posts: … Read More

Is there a Biochemical Marker for Suicide? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 26, 2010

Suicide is a sensitive subject, by it’s very nature it seems we are obliged to treat it with kid gloves. In public it is virtually taboo to even mention suicide, in news media euphemisms are employed in order to avoid explicit use of the “S” word. Attitudes are beginning to change, with more vocal discussion [...] … Read More