Sceptic – Body Mass index

Sceptic – Body Mass index

Body mass index: Indicator of good health or simply out of date? BMI or body mass index was dreamt up over 160 years ago as a rough guide to patient health. Nowadays it’s the official measure of obesity, however according to their BMI most NRL players are obese and...
Sceptic – Positive thinking

Sceptic – Positive thinking

There’s a strong cultural belief that positive thinking is good for your health, but is there any evidence to support it? Rich explores the power of positivity. Tonic TV |T-S010 |S01E12
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...
Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery. What do we know about gastric bandage? Tonic TV | T-S034 | S01E02
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...
Prostate Cancer and Lifestyle

Prostate Cancer and Lifestyle

“More and more men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer because they’re being screened by their GP. But the big question is which prostate cancers need active treatment and how aggressively. Lorelei Mucci and her colleagues at Harvard School of Public Health...
Non drug treatments for insomnia

Non drug treatments for insomnia

In episode 8 we launch the treatments for Tonic’s insomnia trial and encourage viewers to take part. We’ve partnered with two fantastic organisations to bring viewers the best insomnia information available. Choose from relaxation therapies, sleep hygiene and an...
A Swedish treatment for eating disorders

A Swedish treatment for eating disorders

Almost 9% of female adolescents are affected by an eating disorder. There aren’t many effective treatments available, but a controversial program from Sweden seems to be getting good results. These experts say that eating disorders aren’t in fact caused by mental...
Male depression

Male depression

Depression affects men and women differently, making it more difficult to identify and diagnose effectively in males. It’s estimated one in six men will suffer from depression in their lifetime – and far fewer are treated. Tonic speaks to Clyde Rathbone, a former...
Gynecological cancers in women

Gynecological cancers in women

In this special episode of Tonic, we explore a poorly discussed and misunderstood set of cancers which have an enormous impact on women, their partners and their families. Gynaecological cancers aren’t often spoken about, but include cancers of the uterus, the vulva,...
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...
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...
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
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