Modern Medicine

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…

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…

Medically assisted suicide and Living Wills

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
A poor young woman in the US just took her own life with a medically assisted suicide, rather than face a lingering painful death from an aggressive brain tumor. This…

How “likely” is it that you will get cancer?

Friday, 07 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new European Code Against Cancer was launched in October and outlines 12 things that individuals can do to reduce their risk for cancer. Top of the list is tobacco,…

Henry Heimlich and you

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
My daughter choked on a steak sandwich last week. Sitting opposite me she gave a muffled sound and looked as if she were about to vomit, then quite panicked, managed…

The history that saved me

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
“Almost” had a heart attack last week. As part of my annual medical the hospital arranges for an Electrocardiogram (ECG) as well as appropriate blood tests and the like, but…

Mammograms and BSE. Is it worthwhile?

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Screening for breast cancer is still a subject that seems to be controversial, though honestly, I do not know why. The sensationalist press feeds on fear, and by instilling fear…

Start plucking dandelions

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
When I was a boy I had two warts on my knee. I was told to pluck a dandelion and rub the milk from the stalk on my warts and…

Good news for coffaholics

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
The poor old coffee bean does come up for a severe beating every so often.  A Women’s Petition Against Coffee in 1674 declared: “ ...the Excessive Use of that Newfangled,…

Ebola - the WHO overview

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been sending out bulletins on the spread of the Ebola virus, and there is no doubting that we have an epidemic on our hands.…

Walking the dog. A new health fad?

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
There is a duty on doctors in the civilized world to remain abreast of current developments in the field of medicine.  The same goes for Thailand with Continuous Medical Education…

Popping antioxidants?

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
We are all getting older. Not wiser nor necessarily richer, just older. However, getting on in years still beats the alternative. Just keep your place reserved in God’s waiting room…

Don’t put your phone on your tummy

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
I read a lot of scientific papers every week.  It seems that all over the world there are groups of scientists devoting their laboratory lives to study the effects of…

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…
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