Modern Medicine

Giving up cigarettes. How to do it!

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week in this column I wrote about the difficulties involved in giving up cigarettes.  From the outset, I will state that it is not easy.  So if you are…
A friend of mine emailed me this week to say that it was 10 years since he gave up smoking.  Unfortunately for him he should have given up about 20…

“Sugar” - have you got it already?

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
“Sugar Diabetes” is a serious ailment, which can arise for many reasons, and can affect many systems in the human body.  Diabetes, often just called “sugar” by many people, is…

Hooray! The wheel has been invented!

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
I came across an “interesting” article this week, where it was claimed that researchers at the University of Zurich have for the first time broken down the effects of leading…

Prostate Cancer - and the PSA

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honestly, never a week goes by without some male asking me about the PSA test, and in many instances knowing exactly their PSA numbers have been for the past 10…

Are cheap drugs really a bargain?

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Thai community must be very poorly.  Well, if you go by the number of pharmacies in my street, you would imagine so.  The only businesses with more outlets are…

The End is Nigh

Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
As we finished 2013, we looked forward to 2014 and had the hope that it will be a better one than the previous year.  I hope so too, as none…

FFS! Stop using that word!

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
I wrote about Tourette’s syndrome last year, but I have received a request to run it again.  FFS!  Someone reads my column! Tourette’s generally brings smiles to the people watching…

I’m just going to pop another vitamin pill

Friday, 04 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
So you want to live to be 110?  Is the answer multi vitamins?  The answer, if you believe the articles about megavitamins, is in your local health food store.  The…

Dengue Fever - the never-ending story

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
I have written before about the problems with Dengue Fever in Thailand.  Not that it is a Thailand only problem - Dengue has become endemic throughout the world.  There are…

Cold Turkey - which you don’t eat

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
How many times have you been asked, while in a social situation, “Do you mind if I smoke?” and before hearing your reply the person is lighting up.  I used…

Liver, ethanol and toxins

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Here is a simple test: Ask any man which is his most important organ and he will undoubtedly point to his bladder’s siphon hose.  Perhaps the magic symbol of masculinity,…

WHO calls for a stop to social drinking

Friday, 06 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
I received a memo from the World Health Organization (WHO) which I felt was worthwhile sharing. Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says…

Diet for healthy seniors

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you are one of the lucky ones, you are getting older.  (The alternative is that you are already dead!)  The average age of westerners is increasing.  The more developed…

Beware of the Black Dog

Friday, 23 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Winston Churchill had a black dog, but it was not a black labrador (incidentally the most popular color for a lab).  He named his recurrent depression his “Black Dog”.  So…
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