Modern Medicine

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…

“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…
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