Modern Medicine

Going round in circles

Friday, 21 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ever turned over in bed and the room began to spin?  It might have been Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).  This is a very distressing condition, and much more common…

Coffee again!

Friday, 14 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
The humble cup of coffee has come in for another beating.  This is nothing new as the controversy has raged since the Middle Ages as to the medicinal, or otherwise,…

Breast cancer and Angelina Jolie

Friday, 07 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
I am sure everyone in the modern world will have read about Angelina Jolie’s double ‘prophylactic’ mastectomy after finding she carried the hereditary breast cancer gene.  Her mother died from…

Is there a medical place for the “F” word?

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Somber and staid are descriptions used for doctor’s surgeries.  They are not thought of as places for humor.  However, it has been shown to the satisfaction of the medical world,…

Stroking your way out?

Friday, 24 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
An uncle in my wife’s family has just died from a stroke in her village, so I may as well use that as the reason for this week’s column.  It…

A Timely Killer

Friday, 17 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
It really is a no-brainer.  Early diagnosis improves the prognosis.  A news item a couple of years ago claimed that if you lived in Taiwan you had a better chance…

Untimely, and unnecessary

Friday, 10 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
A friend of mine died recently.  He was a chain smoker, and was always seen with a cigarette in his mouth and had that dry smoker’s cough.  He was only…

Another good reason to avoid being an orphan

Friday, 03 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
The medical fraternity realized many years ago that some medical conditions ran in families.  I recently mentioned Dupuytrens Contracture, which we have managed to trace back to the Vikings who…

Any Vikings in the closet?

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Vikings were quite some race of people.  For many people today they are purported to have been traders, but actually they were raiders as well.  Their longboats carried more…

The Okinawa Express leaves tomorrow

Friday, 19 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
It seems that immortality rates high in the list of things humans require in this life.  It has always amazed me just how much of our living is dedicated to…

Do you need insurance?

Friday, 12 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
Do you need travel insurance?  Yes you do.  Now, it seems most people take these out at the travel agency and the days included are enough to give you cover…

Alzheimer’s can be beaten!

Friday, 05 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
I have stopped worrying about Alzheimer’s Disease.  Between Google and my nine year old daughter, I can find anything.  In the mornings when I leave home, there is Little Miss,…

What is it like to have an MRI?

Friday, 29 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is one of the battery of newer diagnostic examinations that can be done.  The procedure is similar to an X-Ray, in the fact that the end…

DVT for Songkran?

Friday, 22 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
With Songkran just around the corner, and many people looking at how to go to any other country that does not lose its marbles in April, you may have a…

Is Melanoma a real problem?

Friday, 15 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 11 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…
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