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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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 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
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...
Preventing dementia

Preventing dementia

Norman explains recent findings that may help ward off dementia. Tonic TV I T-S011 I S01E06
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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
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...
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
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...
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
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
A safer way to take hormone replacement

A safer way to take hormone replacement

After trials conducted in the 1990s concluded that Hormone Replacement Therapy could potentially do women more harm than good, finding a trusted method of relieving the symptoms of menopause has become a trying task. This week we explore whether there’s hope yet for...
You can beat your genes

You can beat your genes

Tonic’s Consumer Affairs reporter Karen Carey explains how what’s in your genes can determine everything from your susceptibility to diseases to what foods you like. Plus, how women can reduce their chance of having a stroke by doing exercise. Tonic TV |T-S008 I...
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