Modern Medicine

Carcinogens and you

Friday, 22 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
“Cancer” is a word that everyone has heard, but is not a condition that everyone fully understands.  And that, unfortunately, includes the medical profession. There are many reasons for this,…

Taking the liver on holidays

Friday, 15 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
After the usual heavy Xmas/New Year, many folk make their New Year’s resolution to lay off the booze for a period. Now your liver is one of the most amazing…

Cheapest isn’t necessarily “best”

Friday, 08 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Had an interesting TV interview the other day.  This was by a German TV channel which wanted to show that taking over the counter drugs was a dangerous practice, and…

The Go-Go dancer’s knee

Friday, 01 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
While thinking about joint pains, there is an old orthopedic surgeon’s joke which goes: “What’s a nice joint like you doing in a girl like this?”  However our joints certainly…

In response to some medical attacks

Friday, 25 January 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 4 By Dr. Iain Corness
It has always been the case where people like to throw stones at conventional clinical medicine.  Claims of over-servicing, over-prescribing and downright fraudulent practices are thrown about, citing someone whose…

Bernardino Ramazzini is turning in his grave!

Friday, 18 January 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
Bernardino Ramazzini (1633 - 1714) was an Italian physician who is considered to be the founding father of a rather different medical specialty called Occupational Medicine.  One of the lesser…

A treasure trove in your bathroom?

Friday, 11 January 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
I will never forget the time that a patient brought me a 1.5 kg New Year present.  It was a present that he had saved for many, many months and…

Will you develop diabetes this year?

Friday, 04 January 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 1 By Dr. Iain Corness
You survived Xmas and New Year.  Well done, despite the excess parties, pies and pints for many of us.  The waistline has swelled, anti-flatulents have been purchased, following which, New…

Five and four equals nine (fingers)!

Friday, 28 December 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
Accountants need ten fingers, so a nine fingered one is pretty dodgy.  However, every day there are people lopping off one of their ten.  There are about 10,000 cases of…

Will The Big C get you?

Friday, 21 December 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
We all have plenty of worries and anxieties.  However, some of these fears and phobias are not necessarily based on true science.  ‘Pseudo-science’ does not cut it, as far as…

Multi/mega vitamins - the elixir of youth?

Friday, 14 December 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
I read an interesting article showing that the retirement age is creeping up.  Even in Thailand’s civil service the retirement age looks like becoming 64.  In Australia it is going…

Blood Pressure - the ‘real’ story

Friday, 07 December 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the mandatory tests at my hospital when you see a doctor is a blood pressure reading, usually denoted as “BP”.  Now I take blood pressure tablets to keep…

A Damn Good Worming!

Friday, 30 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
25 percent of the world’s population is infected with ‘worms’.  And when you talk about ‘worms’, most people think of the threadworms that all children seem to get.  When your…

“Eggzactly”! Sunny Side up!

Friday, 23 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
The annual Father’s Day check-up packages promoted at my hospital always revive the “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol” debate.  That in turn brings up the questions on the breakfast egg,…

How to avoid Dengue Fever

Friday, 16 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
I have written before (and more than once) on the problems with Dengue Fever in Thailand.  Not that it is a Thailand only problem - Dengue has become endemic throughout…
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