Modern Medicine

“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…

Going under the knife

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about preparing for an operation on my right knee after a tear of the cartilage.  It had become obvious that something was astray…

Ladies, it’s your turn

Friday, 02 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Every week I will be confronted by a worried farang male who has just found out that his PSA test has become elevated.  This must obviously herald the end of…

Getting to the bare bones of the problem

Friday, 26 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
A few weeks ago, I had what I thought was an inconsequential minor fall, more of a slip really when climbing some steps.  “Ouch” and that was it and I…

How Doctors Die

Friday, 19 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
The stimulus for this week’s column was taken from an article by Dr. Ken Murray, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at USC.  The thrust of the article was on…

Who’s for a Coronary Conclusion?

Friday, 12 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Are you next?  Is the Coronary Conclusion yours?  Those who are avid health (or sickness) watchers will know I really mean “Coronary Occlusion”, but it was too much temptation to…

Unable to “Wai”

Friday, 05 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
I have been laid up with an ambulatory problem for the past week.  So bad that I have been unable to return the usual “wai’s” from the staff.  I just…

44 People die from mosquito virus

Friday, 28 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is alive and well, bringing with it the dangerous Dengue Fever virus.  For some reason or other, the public has not taken the notion on board…

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…
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