Tagged: Keeping it simple

Christchurch has breast cancer research hub - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jun 09, 2015

Guest post by: Kim Thomas, Communications Manager at the University of Otago, Christchurch A team of specialist cancer researchers have joined forces to focus on the impact of obesity on breast cancer. The researchers all work at the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Mackenzie Cancer Research Group. The Group is headed by Canterbury District Health Board […] … Read More

My 10 Commandments of a Data Culture - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 06, 2013

Thou shalt have no data but ethical data. Thou shalt protect the identity of thy subjects with all thy heart, soul, mind and body. Thou shalt back-up. Thou shalt honour thy data and tell its story, not thy own. Thou shalt always visualise thy data before testing. Thou shalt share thy results even if negative. … 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

Ponting’s last innings - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Nov 06, 2012

“Only as good as your last match” goes the cliché.  This is true for Ricky Ponting and here is why. I recently published an article1 (Open Access ) on some new techniques being used in medical research which determine if making an additional measurement improves what we call “risk stratification.”  In other words – does … Continue reading » … Read More

The Hunting of the SNARF - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 01, 2012

Some of you may know Lewis Carroll’s classic nonsense poem “The hunting of the Snark”.  Eight men set off with a blank map to find the mythical Snark.  And the Banker, inspired with a courage so new           It was matter for general remark,      Rushed madly ahead and was lost to their view           … Continue reading » … Read More

Medals per capita is biased - Kidney Punch

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

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