Chronic pain costs Australia $15 billion a year but far from fixing the problem too much medical treatment actually makes it worse.
George Negus with four special segments looking at the challenges of change. People flipping out, freaking out, shifting gear and forging major changes in their lives.
Over 40% of us are on a diet at any time...and we're constantly being told how awful being overweight is.
We visit the Northern Territory which has the largest network of "barefoot doctors" to see why they are proving to be so successful, and why attempts to impose Western health standards on Aborigine
A member of a ‘raskol’ gang talks about rape as a ritual part of crime. A career truck driver on the highland’s highway picks up a teenage prostitute – just part of his routine.
Every year about 75,000 Australians hear the dreaded diagnosis: they have cancer. The good news is that these days most people beat the disease.
"When you're anorexic you think you're pretty cool 'cos you think you've got lots of self-control and willpower. And everyone else is weak. you think you're a cut above.
Almost half of the 3 million Australians who suffer the pain of arthritis actually have osteoarthritis.
This documentary explores the experience of coping with paraplegia after an accident.
*WINNER* ATOM AWARDS 2006 - Best Documentary Science, Technology and the Environment
A follow-up to the earlier Andrew Denton series "Blah Blah Blah", using a late-night chat-show format, and featuring a particular topic for each episode, with comedy sketch segments, vox pop street
PIECES OF ME puts a human face to the accelerating scientific advancements in genetic identification.
In the early 1980s, a young Sydney man gave blood.
No matter what the advances in modern medicine are, there are still too many times when a patient's sickness is cured but the patient doesn't feel better.
Nurses and doctors recall the Spanish influenza epidemic which swept Australia in 1919. At least twenty million people died of the flu around the world, including twelve thousand Australians.
In November 1982, a young man walked into St Vincent's hospital, Sydney, complaining of simple symptoms - fever, fatigue, sweats. Not much was known about the virus he was carrying.
More than one in a 100 Australians will be affected by schizophrenia at some time in their lives.
Reporter Kerry O'Brien introduces fresh claims on tobacco industry practices in the '90s in its attempts to limit future liability over the health effects of smoking.
Ever had a severe reaction to something you ate? Peanuts and shellfish come to mind immediately but many foods that cause allergies can also be life threatening.
Second Opinion looks at spider phobia, also Craniosacral treatment for a head injury and how can Hatha Yoga help chronic pain?