Making sure things go well

Making sure things go well

How to prevent the health care system from injuring you While medications and medical technology have enormous potential to help people, they also injure tens of thousands of people every year because of side effects or being used in the wrong way. The knowledge...
Pill popping nation

Pill popping nation

Consumer Affairs reporter Karen Carey examines whether Australians are taking too much medication. Tonic TV |T-S014 I S01E05
Preventing dementia

Preventing dementia

Norman explains recent findings that may help ward off dementia. Tonic TV I T-S011 I S01E06
Protection for health consumers

Protection for health consumers

The regulation of complementary medicines and advertising to consumers is done to protect consumers. The organisation, which regulates complementary medicines, is the Therapeutic Goods Administration, who regulates some sixty thousand products so their resources are...
Food to fight prostate cancer

Food to fight prostate cancer

When somebody develops cancer they often wonder if there’s something they could change in their diet to help control the tumour. Some exploit that by inventing mad diets which can do a lot of harm, but research at the University of California, Los Angeles, is finding...
What is a Patient familiarisation program?

What is a Patient familiarisation program?

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, so there’s reason to be sceptical when one is on offer. Drug Manufacturers are employing a new strategy called Patient Familiarisation Programs, in which patients are being provided with free drugs. Sound like a good...
Is your dad the milkman

Is your dad the milkman

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy explores narrowing down your paternity if DNA testing’s not your thing… Tonic TV |T-S047 |S02E03
Know your body

Know your body

Some doctors think people are too aware of their bodies, that they get over wrought, over anxious and create all sorts of illnesses and diseases that might be fictitious. Other doctors think people should know their bodies well so they can identify potential problems...
Losing weight and cardiovascular fitness

Losing weight and cardiovascular fitness

It’s important to mix things up when you’re training, but with so many theories about what kind of exercise is best for losing weight, toning up and cardiovascular fitness and so on, what do we need to keep in mind when navigating the minefield of information that’s...
Fun, Fit, Fast – the right footwear

Fun, Fit, Fast – the right footwear

When thinking about any land based exercise that you do while standing up, it’s really important to think about your feet and your footwear. Geoff Brockenshire reports. Tonic TV |T-S040 |S03E10
Fun, Fit, Fast – You are your thoracic spine

Fun, Fit, Fast – You are your thoracic spine

Many people these days are stuck at desks for hours on end leaning over a computer. Our ancestors were constantly moving, lifting, reaching and running which kept them fit and mobile – especially through the back. The thoracic spine is the middle part of the...
Get that tatt off

Get that tatt off

Tattoos are everywhere these days, but like marriage, jobs and breast size, tattoos are no longer for life. No matter what your reason, it’s now easier to have removed. Even so, it’s still an expensive, drawn out, painful and potentially ugly process, so if you’re...
Is sitting as lethal as they say

Is sitting as lethal as they say

Norman answers a viewer question for those worried about the health harms of spending all day sitting at our desks, and tells us what we can do about it. Tonic TV |T-S031 |S02E06
Medi-dramas

Medi-dramas

Welcome to the world of the medi-drama… it’s hard not to get sucked in, but do they depict a hospital accurately or do us any favours when it comes to our understanding of the health care system? Tonic TV |T-S093 |S02E12
Medication and your genes

Medication and your genes

Pharmacogenomics is the ethnical term for the way individuals respond to medicines depending on their genes. It has the potential to save money and also to save lives, and for people for cancer it could identify the treatment that can kill the cancer before the cancer...
Medication errors

Medication errors

Every year millions of people suffer adverse medicines events that lead to harm, hospitalisation and sometimes even death, and the worst thing is that most of these events are preventable. It’s important you know what you’re taking, why you’re taking it and how to...
Milking for laughs

Milking for laughs

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy weighs in on the debate about which milk is best… so which is the pick of the bunch? Tonic TV |T-S037 |S03E09
More is not always better – Medical tests

More is not always better – Medical tests

It’s taken years for all of us to realise that almost always a sore throat is caused by a virus and an antibiotic won’t help. Another source of sometimes wasted money and time are diagnostic tests. Blood tests and X rays can be vital tools to help your doctor find out...
New trials for childhood allergies

New trials for childhood allergies

There’s been a risky development in treating milk allergy with the offending substance – it’s one not to be tried at home Peanuts are probably what jump to mind first when you think of food allergy in children, but many kids also have problems with milk. While most...
Pain in the mind

Pain in the mind

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy explores the primal human feeling of pain. Tonic TV |T-S017 |S02E02
Peer group pressure

Peer group pressure

Peer group pressure is a massive problem for parents and children alike, made only more frustrating by the fact that not a lot is known about its neurological specifics. Why is peer group pressure such a big issue, and are some of us more susceptible to it than...
Personality and your heart

Personality and your heart

We often hear about a link between people’s personality type and their risk of heart disease, is it true? Tonic TV |T-S016 |S02E04
Planning on ageing

Planning on ageing

We are living for longer than ever before, thanks to improvements in medical technology and the demise of many past epidemics. Obvious benefits aside, planning for this is a complex issue, and one that many researchers around the world are focused on. Casey Beros sits...
Pregnancy and vitamin D

Pregnancy and vitamin D

A woman’s mental state can affect her periods and ability to conceive a baby. There’s an amazing communication system between a woman’s ovaries and her brain, but many will be surprised to learn the main action of ovulation actually comes from the brain, which is also...
Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Qi Gong and Tai Chi are ancient Chinese wellness practices that emphasise regulation of breath and calming of mind. Believers say both practices are effective healing tools of conditions like arthritis and also for relieving stress, and there’s some evidence to back...
Sceptic Says

Sceptic Says

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy takes a trip to the salon to find out if getting a faux glow is all is cracked up to be, and explores whether it’s a safer option than clocking time in the sun or in a solarium. Tonic TV |T-S021 |S03E01
Self induced Famine

Self induced Famine

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy reminisces about his feeble attempt at a 40 Hour Famine, and explores what happens to the body when it goes into starvation mode. Tonic TV |T-S040 |S02E11
Sunlight and your medications

Sunlight and your medications

Professor Erik Eliasson from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden suggests the weather may be a factor in determining how well medications work. The answer may be in our vitamin D levels, which go up in summer and down in winter, and could have major health implications...
The human cyborg

The human cyborg

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy is scared the future is becoming too futuristic, especially when it comes to our health. Tune in to find out just what this robo-phobe is on about… Tonic TV |T-S049 |S03E11
The teenage brain – don’t mess with it

The teenage brain – don’t mess with it

There’s growing evidence that young people’s brain’s keep on developing right into their twenties. How much brain power you have is at least in part determined by how many nerves you’ve got connecting to each other in your brain, they’re called networks. The more...
Too Much Water

Too Much Water

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy ponders the vexed question: for all the good wrap water gets, can you have too much of a good thing? Tonic TV |T-S046 |S02E01
Virtual sports

Virtual sports

Just what do kids (and adults) get out of those wireless sports games you can play in your lounge room? Is there significant calorie burn? Tonic sorts fact from fiction – and the results might surprise you. Tonic TV |T-S039 |S02E12
Wannabe Scared

Wannabe Scared

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy wonders why some people love being terrified by scary films. Tonic TV |T-S015 I S02E09
What actually is a medicine

What actually is a medicine

Most people think of medicines as a pill given to you by your doctor – but medicines come in all forms and it’s important to know not only what you’re taking but why you’re taking it. Tonic’s Consumer Affairs reporter Karen Carey explains what constitutes a medicine...
What are generic medicines

What are generic medicines

Generic medicines can be confusing. Tonic’s consumer affairs reporter Karen Carey sorts fact from fiction.
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