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Second Opinion

COPD (#602)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive disease that makes breathing difficult. But there is more hope for patients than ever. Proper treatment of COPD with medication and lifestyle changes can stabilize the disease and help people live active lives. [26 minutes] 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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  • Knee Replacement (#1107)

    Patient Story: Knee pain is a common problem and can escalate into extreme consequences that compromise lifestyle. Steve Jasinski has been dealing with severe knee pain issues that have had a... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Food As Medicine (#1108)

    Patient Story: Eating for health may be more than counting calories. Cheryl Knutsen shares her journey to health - a journey which meant leaving behind the food traditions of her childhood. Myth or... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Mystery Diagnosis III (#1109)

    Patient Story: Every day, doctors are faced with patients with symptoms that prove difficult to diagnose. When healthy and active Larry Luitjens shows up in his doctor's office with some peculiar... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest (#1110)

    Patient Story: Sudden cardiac arrest can happen when there is an electrical problem in the heart. If quick action isn't taken, a person can die in minutes. Fortunately when things suddenly went very... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) (#1111)

    Patient Story: Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a debilitating mental disorder that can occur after a terrifying event. It was first brought to attention by returning war veterans, many... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Special Edition: Ebola (#1112)

    American missionary worker and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol, with her husband David at her side, will share the story of some of her darkest days as the disease ravaged her body. Infectious... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Hepatitis C (#1101)

    Patient Story: Hepatitis C is a worldwide health problem, and in the U.S. alone, an estimated 3.2 million people are living with chronic Hepatitis C infection. Our patient Kimberly Bossley... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Addiction to Pain Medications (#1102)

    Patient Story: What usually starts innocently enough as taking pain medication appropriately prescribed by a doctor, can turn into a deadly addiction for some. Jennifer Matesa shares her story of... [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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