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Second Opinion

Concussion (#1002)

Patient Story: Concussion alters the way the brain functions and can cause ongoing problems. In this episode, Monica Cooke shares her story of making the tough decision to give up the game she loved because of multiple hits to the head. Myth or Medicine: Does a normal brain scan rule out concussion? Second Opinion 5: Five signs that you need to go right to the Emergency Room after hitting your head. [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Fast-paced and provocative, SECOND OPINION focuses on health literacy in an engaging, entertaining and accessible way. The long-running series engages a panel of medical professionals and lay people in honest, in-depth discussions about complex health issues and life-changing medical decisions. Host Dr. Peter Salgo, who maintains a full-time practice at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, presents intriguing, real-life medical cases to professionals representing a variety of specialties. As the experts grapple with the diagnosis and treatment options, viewers gain an understanding of doctors' decision-making process. This season, topics include: psoriasis, chronic pain management, medical radiation, pituitary gland tumor, living with Alzheimer's, pneumonia, autism and more.

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All Upcoming Episodes

  • The Future of Cancer Treatment (#912)

    Advances in the fight against cancer are due to the work of health care professionals, clinical researchers, and thousands of cancer patients and advocates. Since cancer isn't a single disease,... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Angina (#913)

    While there are different causes of angina, the symptoms can be scary and a sign of an underlying heart problem. Fortunately, there are good treatments available. Meet Joan and Fred Jahnke as they... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Grief (#901)

    After a loss, grief is the natural process of recovery. From losing a job to the death of a loved one, it is important to learn how to process feelings in a healthy way. A panel of experts is... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Geriatric Oncology (#902)

    As people grow older, the likelihood of getting a cancer diagnosis increases, but there is no one standard treatment for older patients. Beverly Barr Vaughan was diagnosed and treated for colon... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Foot Pain (#903)

    Foot pain can simply be annoying, or it can significantly impact quality of life. David Heller has lived with foot pain for many years and he talks about his journey to find a treatment that works.... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Foodborne Illness (#904)

    E. Coli is one of several dangerous foodborne pathogens that can cause severe illness and even death. Learn from experts how to protect yourself from foodborne illness, which is often referred to... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

Past Episodes

These episodes of Second Opinion aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.

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