Inappropriate Use of Arthroscopy

Inappropriate Use of Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure for knee osteoarthritis but the evidence shows that it’s effectiveness in treating knee pain is only as good as ‘fake’ surgery, and that patients having arthroscopy for osteoarthritis are getting all of the costs and the...
Minus the meat – sausage rolls

Minus the meat – sausage rolls

Going ‘meatless’ a couple of times a week has significant benefits for our health, and can help slow the creep of those pesky extras kilos over time. On Minus the Meat Nikki and Jimmy battle it out in the kitchen to make delicious and healthy recipes the whole family...
Minus the meat – rice paper rolls

Minus the meat – rice paper rolls

Going ‘meatless’ a couple of times a week has significant benefits for our health, and can help slow the creep of those pesky extras kilos over time. On Minus the Meat this week – rice paper rolls! They’re perfect party food and a healthy and a delicious meal the...
Minus the meat – Pizza

Minus the meat – Pizza

Going ‘meatless’ a couple of times a week has significant benefits for our health, and can help slow the creep of those pesky extras kilos over time. On Minus the Meat this week – pizza your family and friends will love. See Nikki give Jimmy a serious run for his...
Minus the meat – pies

Minus the meat – pies

It’s no mystery how we put on weight, just a few extra calories a day, which over a year add up to a kilo and over 10 years add up to 10 kilos or more. Before you know it you’ve got a fat tummy, you’re overweight, and may be heading towards becoming obese. The way to...
Minus the meat – Pad Thai

Minus the meat – Pad Thai

Going ‘meatless’ a couple of times a week has significant benefits for our health, and can help slow the creep of those pesky extras kilos over time. On Minus the Meat we see Nikki and Jimmy battle it out in the kitchen to make delicious and healthy recipes the whole...
Minus the meat – Lamb Ragu

Minus the meat – Lamb Ragu

We don’t have to eat very many extra calories to put on quite a lot of weight over a short period of time. Just a little bit each week gives you a kilo or two at the end of the year and a few years go by and you’ve put on a lot of weight. You can save calories by...
Minus the meat – Lamb Korma

Minus the meat – Lamb Korma

Going ‘meatless’ a couple of times a week has significant benefits for our health, and can help slow the creep of those pesky extras kilos over time. On Minus the Meat we see Nikki and Jimmy battle it out in the kitchen to make delicious and healthy recipes the whole...
Minus the meat – burritos

Minus the meat – burritos

Going ‘meatless’ a couple of times a week has significant benefits for our health, and can help slow the creep of those pesky extras kilos over time. On Minus the Meat we see Nikki and Jimmy battle it out in the kitchen to make delicious and healthy recipes the whole...
Minus the meat – beef involtini

Minus the meat – beef involtini

Going ‘meatless’ a couple of times a week has significant benefits for our health, and can help slow the creep of those pesky extras kilos over time. On Minus the Meat we see Nikki and Jimmy battle it out in the kitchen to make delicious and healthy recipes the whole...
Why do tomatoes taste bad?

Why do tomatoes taste bad?

Horticultural researcher Professor Harry Klee of the University of Florida has been investigating why tomatoes are losing there taste – and if that matters for our health. He also discusses why we should not keep tomatoes in the fridge. Tonic TV | T-S146 |...
Is BMI best?

Is BMI best?

If you’re concerned about how overweight you are and want to get down to a healthier level, what’s the best of knowing that you’re hitting the mark? There’s actually been a huge argument among the experts between those who think all that matters is your waist size...
Why salt matters

Why salt matters

Cutting back on salt – do we really need to reduce our intake? There are plenty of health promotion messages about reducing your salt intake, for good reason. We’re eating 5 to 10 times more salt than we evolved to consume. It’s one of the main reasons our blood...
White and Black

White and Black

Few human characteristics have caused as much conflict as skin colour, but what is the evolutionary driver for the colour of our skin? Researchers studying vitamin D have found that not only is the vitamin essential to staying alive it may also be the reason some...
What Makes Us Human

What Makes Us Human

As we search for the essence of ‘what makes us human’ researchers are focusing on the development of language as the clearly defining trait that sets us apart from apes – but in doing so researchers in Japan have stumbled upon some fascinating findings about ape...
The Origins of Language

The Origins of Language

The Neanderthals may be a greater part of modern humanity than previously thought, developing as part of humanity instead of being a precursor to humanity, which still leaves open the question of when did modern humanity acquire the traits that define us a human and...
What is moderate exercise

What is moderate exercise

Moderate exercise – many of us are confused about what “moderate” actually means. Casey Beros heads to the Baker IDI Institute for Heart and Diabetes Research in Melbourne to find out from an international expert in this field – just what is considered moderate...
Headaches

Headaches

It’s rare to find somebody who’s never experienced a headache, but some people get a lot of headaches and can be quite disabled by them. One of the most misunderstood and indeed misdiagnosed forms of headache is migraine, which is a shame, because there are very...
Virtual reality – actual treatment

Virtual reality – actual treatment

Using virtual reality to change our perception of our bodies. The same realistic technologies employed for modern video games can be applied to a health care setting, and virtual reality can be used to alter our perception of the way we see ourselves. Casey Beros...
Tips for outdoor exercising

Tips for outdoor exercising

Tips for outdoor exercising. When we exercise outside, we often do it with friends. We have a chance to enjoy nice and varied environments, breath fresh air and sometimes take in a little vitamin D. Tonic TV | T-S043 | S03E05
Swimming for weight loss

Swimming for weight loss

Is swimming really the best choice for losing weight? How can we make it work for us? Tonic TV | T-S021 | S03E08
Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration – when you look at lines, are they straight or wavy? One answer means you need to see a specialist, now! Tonic TV | T-S017 | S02E05
Fun, Fit, Fast – outdoor exercise

Fun, Fit, Fast – outdoor exercise

Fun, fit, fast – outdoor exercise How to make the most of your community exercise locations? Casey Beros shows us in this segment of Tonic. Tonic TV | T-S045 | S02E13
Radiotherapy Part 4

Radiotherapy Part 4

The importance of having a team looking after you which has the skills to support you in what can be a difficult journey at times; the costs compared to other cancer treatments and how more money doesn’t necessarily buy you better outcomes; the importance of not...
Radiotherapy Part 3

Radiotherapy Part 3

The misconceptions that many people have about radiation therapy; how many patients can live a relatively normal life and continue working while having radiation treatments. For more information on radiation therapy go to Targeting Cancer...
Radiotherapy Part 2

Radiotherapy Part 2

The evidence for radiation therapy’s effectiveness; the various situations where it’s used; more on the journeys of our real patients including young Lucas; the latest advances in technology; and how it’s often a less traumatic option than surgery or chemotherapy. For...
Radiotherapy Part 1

Radiotherapy Part 1

Real stories from some well known Australians who’ve experienced radiation therapy: the myths; why radiation therapy is under used when many could benefit from it and how it works fighting cancer. For more information on radiation therapy go to Targeting Cancer...
Tonic New Season 2016 – Season Teaser

Tonic New Season 2016 – Season Teaser

Tonic New Season 2016 – Tonic is back for a new season in 2016 with Dr Norman Swan leading a team of reporters covering all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Saturdays at 3.30pm and Sundays at...
Pelvic Floor Exercise for men

Pelvic Floor Exercise for men

Most women are well aware of their pelvic floor muscles, they’re often encouraged to practice exercises to strengthen them in preparation for childbirth and to restore ‘what was’ afterwards. Now research is showing men should also be strengthening these muscles in...
Tonic New Season 2016 – Delirium or Dementia “On My Mind”

Tonic New Season 2016 – Delirium or Dementia “On My Mind”

Tonic – This Saturday, 29th at 3.30pm and Sunday, 30th at 5.30pm on ABC News24. (2.30pm AWST) We start the year with a special documentary with Dr Norman Swan “On My Mind”, focused on mental health and in particular delirium and dementia. Tonic is a...
What causes dizziness and vertigo

What causes dizziness and vertigo

Everyone feels dizzy from time to time. Some of us even get dizzy for fun, but it’s no fun when you have no control over it and it hits you out of the blue. It’s a horrible feeling as the blood rushes to your head or away from it – the world spins and you lose your...
4. Providing the best care

4. Providing the best care

Improving the identification of people with dementia either with, or at risk of, delirium promises improved patient outcomes, reduced hospital length of stay, reduced falls and reduced complications. The Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Healthcare have...
3. Identifying people with dementia and delirium in hospital

3. Identifying people with dementia and delirium in hospital

Often the negative outcomes caused by dementia and delirium are preventable if the delirium is identified and treated quickly. Experts in healthcare for older people want hospital staff to treat mental and cognitive state as one of the patient’s vital signs, and to...
2. Why do people with dementia and-or delirium have special needs

2. Why do people with dementia and-or delirium have special needs

People with dementia and/or delirium in hospital have higher mortality rate, more falls, and higher complication rates. The family and carers can play a critical role in ensuring that medical staff know if there is a change in the persons normal thinking capability...
1. What is delirium and how is it different from dementia

1. What is delirium and how is it different from dementia

Although dementia and delirium are both conditions that cause changes to thinking capacity and behaviour, the causes, pattern of onset and health outcomes are very different and can be life-threatening. In older people delirium is often mistaken for dementia meaning...
50 years of the pill

50 years of the pill

The contraceptive pill is no stranger to controversy – over the years it’s been thought to cause everything from strokes to cancer, so what have we learned in fifty years? Ronald Burkman from Tufts University fills us in on what’s changed, what’s stayed the same and...
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