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Ask the Doctor is an innovative, fun, and exploratory factual series that addresses the state of the nation's health, the latest in medical treatments and the future of healthcare as we know it.
The team uncovers alarming evidence that drinking alcohol can lead to cancer. But can the damage be reversed? Shalin quits booze for a month with surprising results, and Sandro road-tests confronting warning labels.
Stress is the body's natural response to pressure, when faced with challenging or even dangerous situations. Not all stress is a bad thing. A little can help performance, but if we have too much stress it can have a negative impact on our mood, behaviour and physical health - and many of us don't realise how stressed we actually are. Chronic or ongoing stress has long been known to increase the risks of high blood pressure, addiction, anxiety and depression.
Sandro admits he's ‘a bit of a stress head', but what effect is stress having on his body? He becomes a lab rat in a Deakin University experiment to find out, by submitting to a series of humiliating and stressful situations. It's as if his worst nightmares have come to life. The tests monitor how much his body reacts to stress in its initial fight or flight response, and then how much of the follow-up hormone cortisol is released. The results are hair-raising!
Caroline discovers a ground-breaking program called ‘Burn to Learn' that's helping high school students manage stress. Professor David Lubans from the University of Newcastle in New South Wales is looking for a link between student fitness, cognitive performance and stress.
Meanwhile, Shalin examines the difference between acute stress and chronic stress. One reduces hunger, the other leads to binge eating. Comfort food is officially ‘a thing', but giving in to it isn't good idea. Shalin shows the best way to combat this.
After his earlier stress test, Sandro embraces some stress-busting moves to try out at home, many of them easy and free - which won't add to money stresses at least.
This week on Ask The Doctor the topic is "Immunity Wars" with tips to make your defences stronger.
Our immune system battles bacteria, viruses and parasites in a valiant effort to prevent us from getting sick. So, what can we do to make our defences stronger? The doctors reveal handy tips for staying healthy and investigate the new treatments on the horizon.
Shalin reveals the ground-breaking therapy being used to create cancer fighting super cells. He visits the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, where his blood's T-cells are supercharged, turning them into cancer-killing machines. Shalin also meets Karen, a melanoma patient benefiting from a revolutionary therapy which is helping her stay cancer-free.
Caroline shows how the immune system really works, sorting out fact from fiction. She answers common questions, including: Why do we get sicker in winter? Can travelling on a plane increase your chances of catching the common cold? Do vitamin supplements make any difference?
Sandro finds out what happens when the immune system goes wrong. He meets Nicki, a patient with Guillain-Barre Syndrome that attacks the nervous system, causing muscles to fail one by one. To combat this debilitating disorder, she received a life-saving transfusion of a blood component known as ‘liquid gold'. It's an expensive treatment due to the large numbers of donors required, so Sandro investigates what people can do to help out.
Lastly, there's a fun match between arch-rivals ‘team virus' and ‘team immune', who battle it out on the sports field - all in the name of science! Caroline and Shalin commentate this entertaining game, to show what happens when your immune system goes head to head with a foreign invader, like the flu.
Dr. Shalin Naik(Dr. Shalin Naik)
Dr. Renee Lim(Dr. Renee Lim)
Dr. Sandro Demaio(Dr. Sandro Demaio)
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