Modern Medicine

Bargains in medication?

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
How many pharmacies in your street? I can count five over 500 meters. This must mean we are all very sick and needing constant medication - or, like beauty salons…

Mammograms and BSE. Worthwhile?

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
The opening of our new Breast Center the other day made me think once more about breast cancer. Screening for breast cancer is still a subject that seems to be…

Counting sheep - on the bosses time!

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
I attended a lecture the other day and someone asked if falling asleep on the job was enough reason to give an employee the sack. This was apparently a recurring…

Should you worry about being a little bit overweight?

Friday, 03 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
Is a little bit overweight dangerous? In a word - YES! The western world has an epidemic of obesity, and guess what, the Asian world is rapidly following. Thirty years…

Just in Time

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
It stands to reason. Early diagnosis improves the prognosis. A news item a couple of years ago claimed that if you lived in Taiwan you had a better chance of…

Good Medical Practice, as opposed to Bad Medical Practice

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
Is orthodox medicine really that bad? It has always been the case that people seem to like to throwing stones at conventional clinical medicine. Claims of over-servicing, over-prescribing and downright…

Quality of Life

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
A bit “deep” this week, but for many, an important message. So you have been told you have terminal cancer. What can you do? The first thing is to sit…

Elixir of Youth next week!

Friday, 06 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
There was an article in the Pattaya Mail a couple of weeks back about my extra-curricular activities on the motor racing circuits. I said that it was race driving that…

WHO targeting 17 tropical diseases

Friday, 27 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
The World Health Organization (WHO) urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and well-being of more than…

Is your mobile phone killing you?

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
Like most doctors, I subscribe to clinical education websites. These are a great way to stay in touch and see the directions that medicine is taking. However, like almost all…

Will you need an MRI?

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
Unfortunately some people think that an MRI is a curative treatment. It isn’t. MRI is one of the battery of diagnostic examinations. The procedure is similar to an X-Ray, as…

Bowled over by BPPV

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) is much more common than you would imagine. In fact 20 percent of those people who report to their GP with giddiness have BPPV as…

Living longer with EPS?

Friday, 30 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
Back in the good old days when oils came out of the ground, and not manufactured in a research lab, there was a type of lubricant called “EP”.  That acronym…

Blood group differences - Thai and Farang

Friday, 23 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 4 By Dr. Iain Corness
A couple of weeks ago, a call went out to the farang population in Thailand for some Rh negative blood. This happens around three times a year, and each time…

Is Cancer just “Bad Luck”?

Friday, 16 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
The January 2 edition of the journal Science was led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the USA, and based on a statistical model that includes many types of…
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