Prostate cancer tests

Prostate cancer tests

There’s a link between the density of men’s bones and their prostate gland, which has given researchers have a clue that could give them the ability to predict high risk prostate cancer 20 years before it occurs Prostate cancer is extremely common, in fact most...
Bioprinting – A new revolution

Bioprinting – A new revolution

Bioprinting – amazing technology that uses printers in ways you’d never imagine. Science fiction is becoming reality with the development of a machine that might one day make human spare parts. This is cutting edge technology, which will blow your mind –...
The bugs inside us

The bugs inside us

Did you know that you and I are only 1% human – we’ve 90 trillion cells which don’t belong to us Have you ever wondered what it means to be human? It turns out that only a tiny percentage of what you and I are made of is actually human – and we need our non-human bits...
Clinical guidelines – what are they?

Clinical guidelines – what are they?

Clinical guidelines aim to make sense of current scientific knowledge to allow clinicians to make the right decisions about diagnosis, treatment and care for people with a medical condition. They’re also for consumers to help ensure we’re getting the care we deserve....
Tests for Alzheimer’s disease

Tests for Alzheimer’s disease

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s earlier, new tests and what they mean for the public There are a lot of conditions that cause memory loss, but Alzheimer’s is probably the one that worry people most. There’ve been recent developments in testing, but is the ability to diagnose...
When is it right to stent a blocked artery?

When is it right to stent a blocked artery?

One of the commonest procedures performed around the world is called stenting. It’s where doctors open up a blocked artery in the heart by inserting a slither of metal into the artery to keep it open. However, there are allegations that far too many stents are being...
Research into stuttering

Research into stuttering

There’s more to stuttering than just physical symptoms and a decreased ability to communicate. Professor Luc De Nil, a world expert in speech pathology from the University of Toronto explains the underlying psychology of why people suffer from stutters and how it...
What puts you at risk of dementia?

What puts you at risk of dementia?

Research from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has given us another reason to not let those added kilos creep on over the years – being overweight or obese in midlife can increase your risk of dementia in later life. Casey sits down with world expert Professor...
New infectious diseases: an epidemic

New infectious diseases: an epidemic

We’ve seen some scary epidemics in recent years, as viruses mutate and present in forms that threaten our existence and incite panic amongst the public. The media floods with negative stories and images, reminding us of the fragility of human life and our experiences...
Knee arthroscopy for arthritis

Knee arthroscopy for arthritis

Thousands of Australians go under the knife every day, but there are some common surgeries that often get questioned in terms of their necessity. Knee arthroscopy surgery is one of them, and more than 100,000 of the procedures are performed each year in Australia...
Unnecessary blood transfusions

Unnecessary blood transfusions

Tonic’s Consumer Affairs reporter Karen Carey speaks to Dr Simon Towler, former Chief Medical Officer WA, about how doctors and patients can help reduce the need for blood transfusions when they undergo surgery. Our limited blood supplies are precious, so could...
Getting treatment at the right time

Getting treatment at the right time

In a society that believes in equal access to the best health care for everyone, costs are becoming unsustainable. So how can we change the way health care is provided without denying people access? New research is showing that if we target health care to individuals,...
Elixir of youth

Elixir of youth

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an elixir of youth? We already know that things like exercise and a low calorie diet can keep us looking and feeling younger longer, but research at the world famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota has found the biological...
Iron and brain development

Iron and brain development

Can the vitamins and minerals you get through food as a child affect your brain as an adult? Researchers at the University of California have looked at the development of young brains and found that iron can play a significant role in creating healthy adult brains....
Violence against women and children in Africa

Violence against women and children in Africa

Associate Professor Deborah Rhodes from the Mayo Clinic talks about horrific violence occurring towards women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the work doctors and volunteers are doing to help those women get their health back on track. Tonic TV | T-S096 |...
Sleepy teenagers

Sleepy teenagers

New research is explaining why many adolescents have trouble sleeping and need to be dragged out of bed in the morning, and what impact it’s having on their lives and their behaviour. Tonic TV | T-S97 | S02E09
New findings in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

New findings in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a common condition that affects people’s ability to complete tasks and stay focused. Parents of children with ADHD are driven nuts by their impulsivity and inability to control their own behaviour. World leading...
Preventing ovarian cancer

Preventing ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancers there is and one of the deadliest forms of ovarian cancer is called high grade serous. Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver have embarked on a game changing program, which could reduce...
Research into dyslexia

Research into dyslexia

Up to 10% of children and adults have dyslexia – where you have trouble reading, writing and understanding the written word. It’s got nothing to do with intelligence, but can cause stress, anxiety, depression and underachievement at school and work....
Whooping cough is a serious disease

Whooping cough is a serious disease

Whooping cough can devastate individuals and families, and the biggest concern is tiny babies who are too young to be immunised. Casey catches up with a family who have seen the impact of whooping cough first hand and a doctor with some good advice on how to prevent...
Postnatal Depression

Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression is common in women after they’ve given birth, and it seems to make sense that if women receive professional support after giving birth it would reduce the chances of developing depression. However research at the Institute of Psychiatry in London...
Testosterone for women

Testosterone for women

Many people aren’t aware of how important testosterone is for women, particularly when it comes to their sex drive. However there are risks and side effects, and women may end up with more ‘man’ than they bargained for. Female sexual dysfunction can be a loss of...
Breast Tenderness

Breast Tenderness

Breast tenderness is a common symptom for many women, particularly around menstruation and pregnancy. But research is showing that for older women taking Hormone Replacement Therapy, HRT, breast tenderness could be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, and...
What is happiness?

What is happiness?

We’re constantly in pursuit of happiness, so what exactly is happiness and what factors count when it comes to obtaining (and maintaining) this elusive emotional state. Casey Beros speaks with world happiness expert Professor John Helliwell from the University of...
Pollution and wellbeing

Pollution and wellbeing

Much of our environmental focus in recent years has been on climate change, and as a result urban pollution has taken a bit of a back seat. But as the world’s population grows there are more people living from the land, more cars on the road and bigger industries...
Drink now – Pay later

Drink now – Pay later

Alcohol causes significant problems in society, contributing to chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease and also injury through violence and road accidents. At a time when young brains are still developing, they’re handed the legal right to both...
Consumers participating in research

Consumers participating in research

The answers to most health questions rely on the willingness of ordinary people to participate in medical research. These people are pushed, pulled, suffer discomfort, are dosed with new medications and have intimate details of their lives observed for long periods of...
Enjoy exercise for free.

Enjoy exercise for free.

Casey explains the benefits of walking and finds a great place to walk for those who live in Sydney. Tonic TV |T-S030 I S01E10
Facts about ovarian cancer

Facts about ovarian cancer

Casey explains what ovarian cancer is and the risk factors associated with it. Tonic TV |T-S007 |S01E08
Hidden causes of obesity

Hidden causes of obesity

For some people the obesity epidemic is easy to explain, we’re sitting around too much and eating far too many calories. Others argue there’s more to it. Casey sits down with Dr Susan Sumner, a US researcher who’s investigating what might explain the differences in...
How many calories in a kilo of fat?

How many calories in a kilo of fat?

How many calories in a kilo of fat? It’s easier than you think to put on a kilo here and there. Norman shares the mathematics your hips, waist and thighs need to know. Tonic TV |T-S044 I S01E05
How safe are complementary medicines?

How safe are complementary medicines?

The regulation of complementary medicines: what you need to know about this $4 Billion a year industry Australians might be shocked to know just how little regulation there is to ensure these medicines are safe and live up to their claims. As a result, the public are...
How should you lower your cholesterol

How should you lower your cholesterol

A viewer has asked “I’m being treated for high cholesterol. My GP seems happy with my levels – but I’m wondering whether I should get them much lower. How low should I go?” Norman asks expert Professor Tony Keech of the George Institute in Sydney for the answer. Tonic...
Informed Consent

Informed Consent

The three questions that you can ask your doctor to get better health care. There’s some mythology and confusion around what information a patient needs to give truly ‘informed consent’. For doctors it’s a legal requirement to avoid being sued if anything goes wrong,...
Lose weight – what works

Lose weight – what works

Do diet products work, and are they safe? And – bariatric surgery, what’s the deal? At any time between 25% and 40% of us are trying to lose weight. Appealing to that desire is an enormous industry churning out products to help us – but do they work, and are...
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