Parenting Hack – Make nutrition fun

Parenting Hack – Make nutrition fun

If you’re looking for some tricks to tempt your toddler into a healthy eating regime, we’ve got 10 parenting hacks to make nutrition fun.

Doctors learning from pilots

Doctors learning from pilots

You’d never get on a plane if you thought the pilot was flying for the first time They practice over and over in a simulator before they start flying the real thing, so how can we get doctors real life experience without risking real lives? The role of simulation in...
Breast implant controversy

Breast implant controversy

Over the last decade around the world, tens of thousands of women have received PIP breast implants, only to find years later that the manufacturer had substituted industrial grade silicone for approved medical grade silicone. A lot has been learned from the way the...
Weight loss discovery

Weight loss discovery

Scientists at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas have developed a drug that targets fat cells in the same way cancer treatments target cancer cells. Dr Norman Swan reports.
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...
The truth about clinical trials

The truth about clinical trials

Clinical trials – essential to advancement of health care but there’s still room for error. We see regular headlines about a clinical trial having found a new ‘breakthrough’ in medical research. They’re important stories that influence what care we receive and how...
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...
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 –...
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....
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...
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...
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 |...
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...
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,...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
Tests for lower back pain

Tests for lower back pain

Experts have long believed there isn’t much point imAgeing the spine in ordinary low back pain because nothing’s likely to change the way you’re treated. Yet, a fortune is spent on scans and X rays for people who’ve got back pain. In most cases you can save yourself...
Staying safe from harm

Staying safe from harm

Karen explores recent data of Australians being harmed by their healthcare and its potential implications. Tonic TV | T-S007 | S01E10
The benefits of two languages

The benefits of two languages

The brain benefits from speaking more than one language There’s really good news about bilingualism or speaking two languages in terms of improving cognitive function. We’re not just talking about spoken languages, there are significant benefits with sign language...
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...
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