Modern Medicine

The practice of Medicine is a fascinating story over thousands of years. “Healers” have been part of most societies, and in ancient China, for example, you paid the doctor to…
Friday January 29 - February 4, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 5)

Back Pains – Again

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the most common ailments to result in a GP consultation is low back pain. The cause of this is locked in the history of the development of mankind.…
Friday January 22 - January 28, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 4)

G stands for Gluttony

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Dr. Iain Corness
I was watching my 10 year old son the other evening. We had gone to a restaurant with some friends from America who gave him their extra French fries from…
Friday January 15 - January 21, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 3)

Nasal hairs linked to long life

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
Research by a group of Ear, Nose and Throat specialists is hinting that cutting nasal hair can cause premature death. This result has come from intense statistical examination and it…
Friday January 8 - January 14, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 2)

Gout – is it just diet?

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
Gout is far more prevalent than you would imagine. This week I am looking at the diet for those with gout, and there are some famous sufferers out there, and…
Friday January 1 - January 7, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 1)

The Tale of Tanujin

Friday, 01 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 1 By Dr. Iain Corness
The item you are about to read is one of my favorite medical case histories. Bruises on a child’s body are often considered proof that a baby has been battered.…
Friday December 25 - December 31, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 52)

Do you understand Living Wills? Have you made yours?

Friday, 25 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
There are people who believe that a Living Will in Thailand allows euthanasia. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately, there is confusion in the minds of many people,…
Friday December 18 - December 24, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 51)

420,000 die from food-borne disease

Friday, 18 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
The World Health Organization (WHO) and I don’t see eye to eye all the time. I criticized their handling of SARS for example, where the world was being panicked with…
Friday December 11 - December 17, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 50)

Do you want to live to 120?

Friday, 11 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
News of the latest earth-shattering breakthrough crossed my desk last week, complete with the promise that the new treatment will stave off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and will help me…
Friday December 4 - December 10, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 49)

Dengue Fever – in the news again!

Friday, 04 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many people were under the impression that Dengue is a mild illness, caused by a mosquito bite. However, with the Thai TV actor ending up in intensive care with Dengue…
Friday November 27 - December 3, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 48)

I can see clearly now …

Friday, 27 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the medical journals I subscribe to has “Risk Factors” in wearing contact lenses as the leading article this month. They had carried out a large sample of contact…
Friday November 20 - November 26, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 47)

Phuket launches offensive?

Friday, 20 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Australian government is so concerned about their death toll from the annual influenza epidemic that they have once again included a Phuket strain in the 2016 vaccine. This is…
Friday November 13 - November 19, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 46)

Time for an annual check-up?

Friday, 13 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
It may be of interest to know that my hospital gives me a check-up package. Is it just a PR exercise? Or is it an exercise that will benefit both…
Friday November 6 - November 12, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 45)

Now it’s going bananas

Friday, 06 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
There are so many “breakthroughs” every week, I am flat out reading the scientific journals. In fact there are so many researches going on that they are producing even more…
Friday October 30 - November 5, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 44)

Acute Sciatica isn’t very “cute”

Friday, 30 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
I was reminded of just how painful sciatica can be when a friend of mine found himself unable to move with searing pain down the left leg. Fit and active…
Friday October 23 - October 29, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 43)

Insurance again

Friday, 23 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of my friends contacted me this week with a query about insurance. Not as to whether he should have insurance, but he was shopping around, not just looking for…
Friday October 16 - October 22, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 42)

Remember Al Whatsisname!

Friday, 16 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
I have stopped worrying about Alzheimer’s Disease. What between Google and my eleven year old daughter, I can find anything. In the mornings when I leave home, there is Little…
Friday October 9 - October 15, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 41)

Big boys don’t cry

Friday, 09 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
The subject of this week’s article follows a couple of tragic incidents recently. Now, I’m not sure, but I think there was once a pop song with the line “Big…
Friday October 2 - October 8, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 40)

The medical dangers of being ‘simpatico’

Friday, 02 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
When I was still in my first intern year, I scored a posting to Gibraltar, that rocky finger that hangs off Spain in the Mediterranean. The rock was to be…
Friday September 25 - October 1, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 39)

No fat - fast!

Friday, 25 September 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Dig out some photos of yourself taken 10 years ago. Be honest with yourself and then count the number of new holes in your belt. You have certainly added a…
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