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Mental Health First Aid, Weight-Loss Products, the Criminal Mind, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: Mental Health First Aid-How You Could Save a Life: One in two of us will develop a mental illness at some point in our lives-so you or someone you know will experience a psychological problem which could be serious. You probably know how to do CPR, but do you know what to do in a mental health emergency? Mental illness is under-recognized, undertreated, and misunderstood-leaving some people feeling isolated and ashamed. Things could be different if we knew more about mental illness, including knowing how to recognize it in our family, friends, and colleagues-and then what to do a [...]
Online
2011
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The Human Microbiome, Ancient Remedies, Homeopathy, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: The Human Microbiome and What We Do to It: Did you know that you and I are only one percent human? We've 90 trillion cells that 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 nonhuman bits to survive. This part of us now has a name-it's called our microbiome. But we're doing dreadful things to this hidden majority, and it's damaging our health as a result. Delving into the Criminal Mind (Part 1): This is one of the most controversial areas in medical research.
Online
2011
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Bipolar Link, Pancreatic Cancer, Insomnia, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: Bipolar Disorder Is Often Linked to Creativity and Being Intellectually Gifted, but Is the Link Real? Bipolar disorder is one of the most misunderstood and least recognized mental illnesses. It comes in various forms but at its core is a cycling between deep, dark depression and elated moods or even outrageous and flamboyant behavior. There's a belief that the disorder is linked to creativity and being gifted, but the question is whether the link is real. Dr. James MacCabe of the Institute of Psychiatry in London has been studying that exact theory, and Dr. Norman Swan sits down w [...]
Online
2011
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Moderate Exercise, Anxiety, Salt and Fat, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Moderate Exercise-It's What We're Told We Need to Do, but What Is It Exactly? Moderate exercise: many of us are confused about what "moderate" actually means. Casey Beros heads to the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne to find out from an international expert in this field just what is considered moderate exercise, and how much of it we need to do. *Anxiety-One of the Most Common Yet Poorly Recognized Psychological Problems, Affecting Many of Us: The first in a gripping three-part series on anxiety. Anxiety is one of the most common yet least well-recognized psyc [...]
Online
2011
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Teeth Whitening, Body Mass Index, Bee Stings, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Part 2 of Our Anxiety Investigation-How It Affects Childhood and What's Being Done about It: Previously on Tonic, we started a three-part series on anxiety-an incredibly common psychological problem that often goes unrecognized and untreated. This week we look at the time in life when anxiety tends to begin, yet often goes detected-in childhood. We meet a young boy who suffers from anxiety and find out about the treatment that has helped him and his family deal with the condition. *Teeth-Whitening Products-Safe or Scary? There's no end to the things some of us will do to make our [...]
Online
2011
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Pharmacogenomics, Too Clean Kids, Chronic Illnesses, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Part 3 on Anxiety-How Anxiety Affects Adolescents: Adolescence can be a tough time for anyone, but those dealing with an anxiety disorder can have a particularly hard time, especially when their condition goes unrecognized or untreated. When young people start to mature, general worries become more prominent. Focusing on their studies, separating from parents, and becoming more social are all extremely important factors, and with hormonal, physiological, and psychological changes taking place, it's hard to know what's considered normal behavior and what could be an anxiety disord [...]
Online
2011
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Bone Density and the Prostate, Women's Heart Health, Immunization, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *The Link in Men between Bones and Prostate Gland: Prostate cancer is extremely common-in fact, most men will develop the condition if they live long enough. They won't necessarily die from it, as it's usually slow-growing and often comes to nothing. However, the holy grail for men would be a way of detecting the truly aggressive prostate cancer that requires treatment-and that's exactly what researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore are exploring. They've found, in following men as they age, that those with particularly strong or dense bones may be at increased risk of [...]
Online
2011
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Low Vitamin D Risks, Clinical Trials, Lower Back Pain, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *The Harm Caused by Low Vitamin D Levels: We hear lots of talk about problems with low vitamin D levels, from increased risk of cancer to multiple sclerosis and more-and now research from the U.S. adds another: an increased risk of stroke. Dr. Norman Swan interviews an expert from Johns Hopkins University about the issue. *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 Bero [...]
Online
2011
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Caring for the Mentally Ill, Selenium Supplements, Fears and Phobias, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *The Impact on Children of Growing Up with a Parent Who Suffers from Mental Illness: A staggering one in two of us will have a mental illness at some point in our lives. For most people that means anxiety or depression, but a significant proportion will have severe mental illness. Many of those people have children, so how does their condition affect the mental health of their offspring? We meet an incredible man who grew up with a schizophrenic parent; we find out how it affected him and learn about the amazing program he's created to help kids in the same position. Then, we meet [...]
Online
2011
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Body Perception, Heart Diseases Risks, Diagnosing Alzheimer's, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Using Virtual Reality to Change Our Body Perception: 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 that will blow your mind-and if your mind does get blown, don't worry: we can make you a new one, or any other organ. Casey Beros has the story. *Cholesterol as a Risk Factor for Heart Disease-Is It All It's Cracked Up to Be?
Online
2011
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Sexual Health, Internet Self-Diagnosis, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Affects Up to One in Six Women-Yet When Many See Their Doctor, They Don't Get the Right Diagnosis or Help: Up to one in six women suffer from a condition that can profoundly affect their lives, yet many of them don't know what's wrong with them. When they see their doctor, they don't get the right diagnosis or help. Dr. Norman Swan sits down with an internationally recognized expert in polycystic ovary syndrome to find out why women get it, what they can do about it, and what the new guidelines say in terms of treating it. *The Benefits and Risks of Dati [...]
Online
2011
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No Ordinary Lives [electronic resource]: Living With Cystic Fibrosis

This very special episode of Tonic-the final episode for series 1-features a remarkable story of courage, resilience, and achievement by young people. Thirteen years ago, a film was made about the experience of teenagers living with a disabling, life-shortening condition called cystic fibrosis. In those days, it was common for children and young people to die from this disease which damages the lungs and causes problems with digestion, resulting in malnutrition. Since then, the story has changed and people with the inherited condition live much longer lives. We catch up with the original interviewees to see what's become of them as adults, and we follow two young people living with the condition today.
Online
2011
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Dizziness, Exercise and Depression, Power of Positive Thinking, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *What Is Dizziness, and How Do You Know When It Becomes a Sign That Something Is Wrong? 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 balance. So what is dizziness, and how do you know when it's a sign that something could be wrong? Casey Beros catches up with Professor Michael Halmagyi of the University of Sydney. *The Best Exercise for Keeping Your Mood Up: One of [...]
Online
2011
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Testosterone in Women, Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Too Much Water, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Testosterone in Women: Many people aren't aware of how important testosterone is for women, particularly when it comes to their sex drive. However, there are risks and side effects to testosterone therapy, and women may end up with more "man" than they bargained for. Tonic covers this story with a world expert who has carried out trials of testosterone patches. *Compounding Pharmacies.
Online
2011
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Stents, Whooping Cough, Vitamin D and Pregnancy, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Are Stents Better for Blocked Arteries than Medications and a Healthy Lifestyle? One of the most common procedures performed around the world is called stenting. It's where doctors open up a blocked artery in the heart by inserting a sliver of metal into the artery to keep it open. However, there are allegations that far too many stents are being put in, when medications and lifestyle changes could do the job just as well if not better. Dr. Norman Swan speaks to leading cardiologist Associate Professor David Playford about treating the person rather than the artery. *How Adults A [...]
Online
2011
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Infectious Diseases, Eczema and Psoriasis, Men's Pelvic Floor, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Infectious Diseases-Where Are They Now? A Retrospective and What We've Got to Look Out For in the Future: We've seen some scary epidemics in recent years, as viruses mutate and present in forms that threaten our existence, inciting panic within the public. The media floods us with negative stories and reminds us of the fragility of human life and our experiences with diseases of the past. Then the hype dies down and many of us seemingly forget about the disease and indeed about the threat. Dr. Norman Swan speaks to Professor Stephen Morse of Columbia University-a world-leading ex [...]
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2011
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Memory and ADHD, Generic Medicines, Physical Activity on Prescription, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Training the Working Memory in ADHD: 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 behavior. World-leading researchers from Sweden are training "working memory" in those affected, using video game technology as a mental gymnasium to ensure children with poor attention span can stick to training tasks. They've also looked at whether learning to play a musical instrument can help to increas [...]
Online
2012
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Urban Pollution, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Illness, the Best Exercise, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *Urban Pollution and Our Health: 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 backseat. But as the world's population grows, there are more people living from the land, more cars on the road, and bigger industries making more products, meaning pollution is getting worse. In some areas it's reaching levels that are having a major impact on our health. Casey Beros speaks with a leading researcher in urban pollution from one of the biggest cities in the world to find out what the latest evidence is sh [...]
Online
2012
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Immunization, PTSD, Postnatal Depression, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *What Can We Expect from Immunizations in the Future? Immunization has been around for decades, and it's still our most potent weapon in improving public health-but it seems that every year there are more and more infections threatening widespread illness. So what can we expect from immunizations in the future? Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was not accepted for funding for males under the National Immunization Program in Australia. *The Brain Link between Addiction and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Who would've thought that addiction to substances like nicotine, heroin, and [...]
Online
2012
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Obesity and Dementia, Dyslexia, Brain Function and Social Justice, and More [electronic resource]

In Tonic, Dr. Norman Swan leads a team of reporters who cover all aspects of health, from lifestyle to complementary medicines to the most recent medical discoveries. Topics covered in this episode include: *How Being Overweight or Obese in Midlife Can Increase Your Risk of Dementia When You're Older: Research from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has given us another reason not to let those added kilos creep on over time: being overweight or obese in midlife can increase your risk of dementia in later life. Casey Beros sits down with Professor Nancy Pedersen to discuss the findings and what they mean for the general public and those predisposed to dementia. *Understanding What Goes Wrong with Reading and Writing, Due to Dyslexia: Up to ten percent of children and adults have dy [...]
Online
2012