Modern Medicine

The summer cough?

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have just gone from winter to summer, and with the change of seasons comes some different pathogens.  The Summer cough is one of them.  Have you had the summer…

What were my test results?

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
“What were my test results like?” is a query every doctor faces after sending a patient off for a blood test.  Unfortunately, patients do seem to get a little confused…

Want to stop that cough?

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
There has been a spate of upper respiratory tract infections recently.  More commonly known by the acronym URTI - and we doctors, as you know, love acronyms!  These infections tend…

Sitting Disease - a new problem?

Friday, 28 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have all seen the recommendation that we need to exercise more.  Couch potatoes have been given warnings.  Programs to get the population exercising more have been initiated by governments.…

Waiting lists

Friday, 21 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
The bane of public health services in the UK and Australia are the waiting lists.  I am quite sure that the same will be found all over the world, especially…

How to make your IBS happy

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, since we medicos like acronyms.  It is an interesting syndrome.  It is not a disease, and in fact tests for abnormalities come back reported…

Find it early!

Friday, 07 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
There has always been discussion about the advantages of early detection, as far as cancer is concerned.  Unfortunately there are still people who say that if you get it, you’ve…

The Scourge of the “Sugar”

Friday, 28 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
Diabetes (“sugar”) is one of the commonest ailments in the world.  There are 60 million people living in the UK (I’d probably say ‘surviving’ in the UK is more accurate)…

The business of cholesterol reduction

Friday, 21 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
Cholesterol reduction is big business.  Should it be? Well, before answering that question, you must look at whether the results of cholesterol reduction are positive.  There are those who say…

Make mine a Vodka over ice!

Friday, 14 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
For every aspiring surgeon, an important milestone is the first time you fly ‘solo’, in charge of the operating theatre, and incidentally, also in charge of the patient’s destiny.  For…

Beware of “Breakthroughs”

Friday, 07 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Right at the end of 2013 I came across an article trumpeting “Cancer therapy is breakthrough of the year.”  Naturally, I read this with interest, as cancer and its treatment/cure…

Been feeling ‘liverish’ lately?

Friday, 31 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
What is your most important organ?  Ask any man and he will undoubtedly point to his bladder’s siphon hose.  But it isn’t.  The liver is one of the more important…

Cancer and the ‘real’ story

Friday, 24 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 4 By Dr. Iain Corness
When we talk about “cancer”, many folk will either go into denial, or start drinking de-oxygenated prune juice or some similar ‘natural’ product which will melt the cancer away, like…

Blood Pressure - Is it important?

Friday, 17 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many of you have been having a check-up recently, taking advantage of the 50 percent offer in December 2013.  As part of that procedure, your blood pressure will have been…

Fast weight loss

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
After all the excesses of Xmas and New Year, you may have found that you have put on a few kg.  So here’s how to get them off! I have…
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