Modern Medicine

I’m just going to pop another vitamin pill

Friday, 04 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
So you want to live to be 110?  Is the answer multi vitamins?  The answer, if you believe the articles about megavitamins, is in your local health food store.  The…

Dengue Fever - the never-ending story

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
I have written before about the problems with Dengue Fever in Thailand.  Not that it is a Thailand only problem - Dengue has become endemic throughout the world.  There are…

Cold Turkey - which you don’t eat

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
How many times have you been asked, while in a social situation, “Do you mind if I smoke?” and before hearing your reply the person is lighting up.  I used…

Liver, ethanol and toxins

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Here is a simple test: Ask any man which is his most important organ and he will undoubtedly point to his bladder’s siphon hose.  Perhaps the magic symbol of masculinity,…

WHO calls for a stop to social drinking

Friday, 06 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
I received a memo from the World Health Organization (WHO) which I felt was worthwhile sharing. Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says…

Diet for healthy seniors

Friday, 30 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you are one of the lucky ones, you are getting older.  (The alternative is that you are already dead!)  The average age of westerners is increasing.  The more developed…

Beware of the Black Dog

Friday, 23 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Winston Churchill had a black dog, but it was not a black labrador (incidentally the most popular color for a lab).  He named his recurrent depression his “Black Dog”.  So…

Is influenza vaccine worthwhile?

Friday, 16 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
According to official Thailand statistics, a total of 30,024 people throughout the country have contracted Type A H1N1 influenza virus this year and 50 of them have died, according to…

We’ll all wake up dead in our beds tomorrow!

Friday, 09 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) ­ its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally reveals that this serious threat is no longer a…

Healthcare - as proposed by politicians

Friday, 02 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
In one of my previous lives I worked in the UK, both in general practice and also a stint as a House Physician in an NHS hospital.  Those years were…

Hello!.. Hello! Echo!... Echo?

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
In medicine’s grab bag of diagnostic procedures, there is one called an “Echo”.  This is short for Echocardiogram and is one of the procedures that can yield much information on…

The summer cough?

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have just gone from winter to summer, and with the change of seasons comes some different pathogens.  The Summer cough is one of them.  Have you had the summer…

What were my test results?

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
“What were my test results like?” is a query every doctor faces after sending a patient off for a blood test.  Unfortunately, patients do seem to get a little confused…

Want to stop that cough?

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
There has been a spate of upper respiratory tract infections recently.  More commonly known by the acronym URTI - and we doctors, as you know, love acronyms!  These infections tend…

Sitting Disease - a new problem?

Friday, 28 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have all seen the recommendation that we need to exercise more.  Couch potatoes have been given warnings.  Programs to get the population exercising more have been initiated by governments.…

Waiting lists

Friday, 21 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
The bane of public health services in the UK and Australia are the waiting lists.  I am quite sure that the same will be found all over the world, especially…

How to make your IBS happy

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, since we medicos like acronyms.  It is an interesting syndrome.  It is not a disease, and in fact tests for abnormalities come back reported…

Find it early!

Friday, 07 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
There has always been discussion about the advantages of early detection, as far as cancer is concerned.  Unfortunately there are still people who say that if you get it, you’ve…

The Scourge of the “Sugar”

Friday, 28 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
Diabetes (“sugar”) is one of the commonest ailments in the world.  There are 60 million people living in the UK (I’d probably say ‘surviving’ in the UK is more accurate)…

The business of cholesterol reduction

Friday, 21 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
Cholesterol reduction is big business.  Should it be? Well, before answering that question, you must look at whether the results of cholesterol reduction are positive.  There are those who say…
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