Modern Medicine

WHO targeting 17 tropical diseases

Friday, 27 February 2015 Current Issue 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…
Friday February 20 - February 26, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 8)

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…
Friday February 13 - February 19, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 7)

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…
Friday February 6 - February 12, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 6)

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…
Friday January 30 - February 5, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 5)

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…
Friday January 23 - January 29, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 4)

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…
Friday January 16 - January 22, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 3)

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…
Friday January 9 - January 15, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 2)

Do you mind if I smoke in here?

Friday, 09 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
How many times have you been asked, “Do you mind if I smoke in here?” Most of us, being peaceful animals will then lamely say, “It will be OK, but…
Friday January 2 - January 8, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 1)

Starting work with a coffee?

Friday, 02 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 1 By Dr. Iain Corness
Did you have a cup of coffee this morning? If you did, and you are pregnant, then one more cup in the next 24 hours is dangerous, according to some…
Friday December 26 - January 1, 2015 (Vol. XXII No. 52)

Celebrating Christmas medically

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
Christmas brings me to Christmas Disease, which has nothing to do with Christianity, Santa, mangers, three wise men, virgins or a bottle of myrrh. But it has everything to do…
Friday December 19 - December 25, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 51)

Is it all in your genes? Jeans?

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ever since we managed to crack the genetic code and write down all the genetic sequences, many people think we have got disease licked. Take a peek into your genetic…
Friday December 12 - December 18, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 50)

Doctor will be with you in a moment!

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
For someone lying on a stretcher, that “moment” could feel like hours. I know I wasn’t prepared to wait many “moments” when I broke my heel bone (called the ‘Os…
Friday December 5 - December 11, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 49)


Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
Cholelithiasis (as we medical folk will call them), or ‘gallstones’ (as everyone else will call them), affect around 10 percent of the population. I was reminded of this the other…
Friday November 28 - December 4, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 48)

Will Melanoma get you?

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Shock, horror headlines in the Aussie media last year claiming that tanning beds kill 43 Australians a year through melanoma alone and are responsible for another 2600 annual skin cancer…
Friday November 21 - November 27, 2014 (Vol. XXII No. 47)

Prostate Cancer - is the PSA worthwhile?

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
It is “check-up” time again with ‘cut price’ examinations between now and the end of the year. For many males, a PSA test is added to investigate the health of…
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