Anxiety, what exactly is it and can it be cured? A panic attack can involve a rapid heart rate, nausea, tingling, sweats and a sense that "you're going crazy" or "losing control". It can happen at any time and affect almost anyone. Anxiety attacks and disorders are the most common reason people in Australia get counselling. It hits over 10 percent of the population at any given time, and it's estimated that one in four people will experience it over a lifetime.
Rugby league has been hammered by scandal yet again. But this time it's not a sex scandal. This time it's about money and cheating to win. Amid reports of dodgy deals and secret bookkeeping, the game's fans are being given more than a hint of just how complicated the links are between the sport, the media covering it, and the people running the game. And it's getting ugly.
How healthy is the fitness industry? Is your personal trainer ripping you off and endangering your health? The fitness industry in Australia is booming with boot camps and personal trainers filling our parks and beaches. It is now estimated to be worth over 800 million dollars per year but how qualified are the people who are pushing us to our limits and could potentially cause us serious injury?
What does it take to make a great teacher? Finding the best inside our schools. Currently across Australia, experiments are underway to target and build better teachers. In New South Wales, the first group of super teachers have started in schools. These "highly accomplished teachers" - paid more than $100,000 a year - have the task of raising teaching standards in some of the state's most disadvantaged schools.
Do women really want to break the glass ceiling? The Government says it's determined to close the gender wage gap and increase women's participation in the workplace. But will the Government's plans to provide equality and make the workplace more family-friendly shatter or strengthen the glass ceiling? And do women want it all anyway?
Is monogamy realistic in 2010? We love reading about high profile cheaters. Is it because they touch a nerve in our own lives? While statistics on infidelity are notoriously unreliable, some surveys say up to 70 per cent of us cheat - and women are catching up to men.
Will the federal government's health reform work in fixing the problems on the ground? Nurses, patients and doctors on the inside talk about their experiences on the frontline of public hospitals.
In 2007 Insight brought together swinging voters from across Australia to talk about what was swaying their vote back then. Now we are bringing the same voters back to find out what they are thinking now.
We hear from young people who've grown up in not your usual types of Australian families, to see how they're turning out. While the nuclear family is still seen as the norm in Australia, population statistics show that's changing, and "couple families with children" are no longer the majority household in Australia. Thousands of kids are growing up without both their biological mum and dad around.
Hundreds of thousands of residential building across Australia are potentially at risk from sea level rises according to a new report from the Federal Government. Its research states that replacing these homes could cost up to $63 billion. Scientists can't agree on the research, and many local councils are asking how they are supposed to plan. All the while local residents are caught in the middle causing them huge financial and emotional strain.
Housing 36 million. What will a population boom mean for house prices and the way we live?
Insight returns for 2010 on Tuesday 23 February at 7.30pm with the Australian of the Year, Patrick McGorry. Hear him speak out about the state of mental health. And find out how he helps young Australians at risk.
Can we make ourselves smarter? What is your IQ? New scientific research has unlocked the secrets of the adult brain. It is not hard wired but plastic. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Brain training is one of the fastest growing new industries. Some organisations claim they can make you more intelligent or unleash your genius. But can they and do they really work?
This week we travel to Alice Springs to explore the issues surrounding Indigenous housing. Fixing Indigenous Housing was at the heart of the Labor Government's promise to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. In what is the biggest project on remote housing ever, the Federal and Northern Territory Government dedicated $672 million to building 750 news homes, refurbishing 2,500 existing houses and rebuilding 230. But the project has come under scrutiny - a recent Government report into the project found delays, a gross underestimate of costs and excessive red tape.
How does the justice system deal with convicted paedophiles, and does it work?
Just how close are doctors and drug companies? Doctors and specialists get a lot of gifts from drug companies. These range from pens and coffee mugs, to stethoscopes through to free trips to international conferences. Just last year, drug companies in Australia spent more than $62 million on educational events for doctors, and half of that amount was spent on hospitality such as meals. Do these handouts buy influence?
What's behind the recent increase in asylum seekers? More people are arriving in Australia by boat seeking asylum. 19 boats carrying asylum seekers have arrived in Australia since the Rudd Government abolished the previous government's Temporary Protection Visas and Pacific Solution scheme. What's behind the recent increase? The Opposition says the Government's gone soft. But the Government says its policies are firm and international conflicts are to blame.
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