Modern Medicine

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Gallstones

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…

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…
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