Modern Medicine

Lining up for the “full” check-up?

Friday, 22 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the current discounted check-ups, there is again interest in having a “full check-up”.  The usual request is “I want everything.” And by that they mean blood testing.  If I…

Will you develop diabetes?

Friday, 15 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
My hospital just opened up a new Diabetes Center with three endocrinologists on board.  These are specialist physicians who deal with medical conditions produced by malfunction of the ductless glands…
The male child is born with a subconscious fascination for the anatomy in his nappy.  Watch an infant learning his anatomy.  As the boy turns into man, what goes on…

Cancer by numbers

Friday, 01 November 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Cancer is very often a condition of aging - but not always.  There are many other factors that may be involved. There are many reasons for this, including the fact…

Cat Scratch Disease

Friday, 25 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Have you read the book “The Cat’s Revenge” by Claude Nuts?  Of course you haven’t, I am allowing myself to joke about a condition that is far from humorous, and…

The Seven Deadly Sins!

Friday, 18 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Were you aware that heart disease is still one of the greatest killers of mankind, ranking a strong second after the Thailand motorcycle riders road toll - OK, I exaggerated…

Living Wills - make one before you need it!

Friday, 11 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
One medical situation that appears not to be well understood, is the making of Living Wills.  I am repeatedly asked about whether a Living Will is legal in this country,…

Stenting - a lifesaving procedure

Friday, 04 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
The advances in cardiac surgery have been enormous over the past 20 years.  We have gone from some fairly primitive high-risk surgery, to some very, very sophisticated interventional techniques, which…

Shout louder!

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
The secret to good communication is to shout louder!  Take, for example, women’s conversational Thai - a language shouted at full volume, with everyone talking at the same time.  For…

Getting “real” medicines!

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
The stimulus for this week’s article came from poor old Ms. Hillary who had received a letter on the subject of pharmaceutical costs.  The subject matter did not fit her…

Gout and your diet

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Gout is far more prevalent than you would imagine.  This week we look at the diet for those with gout, and there are some famous sufferers out there, and in…

Flying with a DVT

Friday, 06 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
As you know, we medicos love acronyms, so let’s clear up this new acronym first.  DVT stands for Deep Venous Thrombosis, which describes blood clots, generally in your lower legs.…

A nine-finger discount

Friday, 30 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Does you accountant have nine fingers?  If so, get another one!  However, losing a finger is a messy, painful experience, and usually associated with work.  There are about 10,000 cases…

“Slipped discs” - really?

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
How many people have told you that they have a slipped disc?  Would you be one?  Would you believe me that nobody “slips” a disc? I was reminded about back…

Avoiding Growing Old

Friday, 16 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
My father had only one fear, and that was of growing old.  Perhaps fortunately for him, it never happened.  He died suddenly of a heart attack aged 56, so was…
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