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Second Opinion

Hpv Vaccine/Cervical Cancer (#711)

Learn more about the vaccine that offers protection from several of the most dangerous types of HPV.. [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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  • H1n1 Special Edition

    National experts discuss symptoms, prevention, vaccinations and local and national response plans. [59 minutes]

  • Stroke Intervention (#601)

    Knowing the signs of a stroke and getting the best treatment available is vital for full recovery. [26 minutes]

  • 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]

  • Female Sexual Dysfunction (#603)

    Many women with sexual concerns benefit from treatment that addresses medical and emotional issues. [26 minutes]

  • Forever Young (#604)

    While there is no scientific proof that anti-aging products reverse or stop the process of aging, scientists continue to make inroads in understanding how we age and how we might extend life by focusing on improving the quality of our lives as we age. [26 minutes]

  • Anxiety Disorder (#605)

    Research is identifying new medical and behavioral therapies that can help most people with anxiety. [26 minutes]

  • Healthy Eating (#606)

    People in the U.S. spend billions of dollars a year trying to lose weight, but still the majority of people are overweight. Weight loss can only be achieved and maintained by lifestyle and food choices, and changing the way we eat based on our own medical history. [26 minutes]

  • Leukemia (Cll) (#607)

    The use of biologic markers has greatly increased the ability to treat Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. [26 minutes]

  • Hip Fracture (#608)

    Treatment and proper rehabilitation are key to getting mobility and independence back after a fall. [26 minutes]

  • Fibromyalgia (#609)

    This condition of widespread pain throughout the body is hard to diagnose and even harder to treat. [26 minutes]

  • Long Qt Syndrome (#610)

    Long QT Syndrome is a cardiac rhythm disorder that can be genetic or caused by drugs. Unfortunately death takes many people before they know they have the disorder, while people living with the disease can greatly benefit from advanced therapies. [26 minutes]

  • Hiv In Middle Age (#611)

    While sexually transmitted diseases were once thought of as a problem in the young population, diseases such as HIV are rising at alarming rates in the middle age and elderly. Social, medical, physical and cultural factors are contributing to this trend. [26 minutes]

  • Diabetes Prevention (#612)

    Type two diabetes is increasing at staggering rates. Changes in lifestyle and diet are key to preventing the disease, but as a country, how can we turn this epidemic around? [26 minutes]

  • Art of Diagnosis (#613)

    Imagine having a condition that cannot be diagnosed for months or years. How do doctors find the answer to an elusive disease, and what role does the patient play in finding the cause? [26 minutes]

  • Vitamin D (#701)

    Lifestyle changes have caused many people to become Vitamin D deficient, which can affect health. [26 minutes]

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  • Celiac Disease (#702)

    Discover how a gluten-free diet can greatly improved health for those suffering from this disease. [26 minutes]

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  • Multiple Sclerosis (#703)

    Learn how research is making treatments for this disease of the nervous system more successful [26 minutes]

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  • Bipolar Disorder (#704)

    Although there is no cure, the dramatic symptoms of this mental illness can be effectively treated. [26 minutes]

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  • Late Effects of Cancer Treatment (#705)

    Cancer treatments can leave physical and mental side effects that patients may not be prepared for. [26 minutes]

  • Breast Reconstruction (#706)

    Knowing the options can help patients better prepare for treatment for breast cancer. [26 minutes]

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  • Racial Disparities In Cardiac Care (#707)

    African-Americans are less likely to be diagnosed, but are more likely to die from heart disease. [26 minutes]

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  • Mammography (#708)

    Explores the recent recommendations of when-and how often-women should be having mammograms. [26 minutes]

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  • Fecal Incontinence (#709)

    Understanding available treatments can improve bowel control and make incontinence easier to manage. [26 minutes]

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  • Heart Replacement (#710)

    Innovations in technology have made heart failure treatments increasingly successful. [26 minutes]

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  • Spinal Cord Injury (#712)

    Two paralyzed men share their personal stories of their devastating spinal cord injuries. [26 minutes]

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  • Dizziness (#713)

    Dizziness is a common complaint that can be related to many different medical problems. [26 minutes]

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  • Psoriasis (#801)

    As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, which puts them at a higher risk of developing other serious health problems. Learn how to get significant relief from this sometimes disabling disease. [26 minutes]

  • Chronic Pain Management (#802)

    Chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. See how leading experts help patients lead more productive, less painful lives. [26 minutes]

  • Medical Radiation (#803)

    Utilizing a CT or "CAT" scan has proven to be an effective diagnostic tool for phyisicans. Yet one scan can deliver the same radiation as 442 chest X-rays or 74 mammograms. See how doctors weigh the benefits of medical imagery with the potential risks posed by ionizing radiation. [26 minutes]

  • The Aging Face (#804)

    What happens to our faces as we age? What causes us to look older? And most importantly, what should we do to preserve a youthful appearance? Our diverse panel debates the merits of aging gracefully.. .or not. [26 minutes]

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse (#805)

    An estimated 50% of women between the ages of 50 and 79 have some form of prolapse, yet most have never heard of it. Learn about a common problem many women may be too embarrassed to talk about. [26 minutes]

  • Sugar (#806)

    Some consider sugar a reward for eating broccoli, others regard it as virtual poison. What role does sugar play in the national obesity epidemic? Find out what some communities are doing to confront sugar addiction. [26 minutes]

  • Pituitary Gland Tumor (#807)

    Pituitary gland tumors produce a variety of symptoms and can be very difficult to diagnose. Learn more about the symptoms and the very successful treatment options available. [26 minutes]

  • Living with Alzheimer's (#808)

    Without a cure or more effective medicine, Alzheimer's Disease can be a "march to oblivion" that unfolds over several decades. How can patients and family members approach this journey to maximize quality of life and safety, staying focused on capabilities rather than deficits? [26 minutes]

  • Pneumonia (#809)

    Pneumonia can be an aggressive, even fatal disease. Learn how early treatment can deliver better outcomes and how the first step toward prevention may be getting the pneumonia vaccine. [26 minutes]

  • Autism (#810)

    As many as one out of every 110 children in the United States will be diagnosed with autism, yet many people are unaware of the full spectrum of autism disorders. Hear about the signs that can help with an early diagnosis and the treatments that can make a difference. [26 minutes]

  • Colon Cancer (#811)

    While screening for colon cancer is effective, it does not identify problems 100% of the time. Discover the symptoms and physical changes that may help with an early diagnosis of colon cancer. [26 minutes]

  • Mystery Diagnosis (#812)

    Patience and persistence are often essential to uncovering the right diagnosis. Watch experts as they assess a patient with conflicting symptoms that evolve over time, making diagnosis difficult. [26 minutes]

  • Cardiac Spouses (#813)

    Recovering from a heart attack or heart disease can be a family affair. Learn how the well-being of the caregiver can be an important component of a heart patient's return to good health. [26 minutes]

  • 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 joined by Terry Congdon, a father whose daughter was tragically killed, as he offers insights into working through the emotions of grief. [26 minutes]

  • 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 cancer at the age of 77. Follow this passionate discussion as Beverly and the experts delve into the issue of chronological age versus physiological age. [26 minutes]

  • 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. Experts outline treatments that are available and ways you can keep your feet healthy. [26 minutes]

  • 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 as food poisoning. Meet Elizabeth Armstrong, who shares the story of her daughter's experience with E.Coli as a toddler. [26 minutes]

  • Breast Cancer In Young Women (#905)

    Getting a breast cancer diagnosis is scary at any age, but unique issues surround this disease when it is diagnosed early in life. Learn about the emotional, physical, social, and medical issues surrounding breast cancer in young women. Meet Geralyn Lucas, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 20s. Hear how her unexpected diagnosis changed her whole perspective on life. [26 minutes]

  • Conversion Disorder (#906)

    Go beyond the headlines to understand the condition known as conversion disorder, where physical symptoms cannot be explained by traditional medical evaluation. Hear from leading experts who are successfully treating this disorder and Danielle Kerr, a young athlete who is overcoming the challenges of this rare condition. [26 minutes]

  • Lyme Disease (#907)

    Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the microscopic bacteria that is carried by ticks. Trevor Shorb was a star high school lacrosse player when Lyme disease stopped him in his tracks and kept him on the bench for a few years. Most cases of Lyme disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics; however, late diagnosis can lead to complications such as arthritis and autoimmune conditions. Learn from the experts about steps you can take to protect yourself. [26 minutes]

  • Shingles (#908)

    Shingles is a viral infection that varies in severity. While on vacation, Laurie Holmes started showing signs of shingles, resulting in a long trip back home and back to health. Discover how you can avoid getting the infection and how early treatment can decrease the chance of complications and shorten treatment time. [26 minutes]

  • ALS (#909)

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating, progressive neurological disease with no cure. Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS physically and mentally affects each person differently. In this heartfelt episode, experts present data and Gary Temoyan shares his story, talking about his diagnosis, treatments, progression, and symptom management, which is maximizing his quality of life for as long as possible. [26 minutes]

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs) (#910)

    Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder affecting the large intestines, which often has life-altering effects. While the syndrome can be both physically and emotionally disruptive, good treatments are available. Hear about the options from the experts and about the challenges from Erin Slater, who was diagnosed with IBS when she was only 17. [26 minutes]

  • Mystery Diagnosis (#911)

    A fascinating discussion unfolds as doctors work to solve a mysterious medical case affecting a prominent Boston physician. Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander shares her mother's medical story, which was complicated by her mother's knowledge as a medical professional. Follow along as the life-altering problems are described and the surprising diagnosis is revealed. [26 minutes]

  • 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, understanding the differences and similarities in how various cancers behave is essential to better treatment in the future. Hear from Judy Orem, who relates her experience as a patient in a clinical trial. [26 minutes]

  • 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 describe how they live with Joan's microvascular disease and the often-frightening angina that it causes. [26 minutes]

  • Melanoma (#1001)

    Patient Story: While Melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer, it can be curable if it is caught and treated early. In this episode, Andrea Heitker shares her personal story, and you'll learn the signs of Melanoma and what you can do to prevent it. Myth or Medicine: Can sunscreen actually cause skin cancer? Second Opinion 5: Five ways to prevent skin cancer. [26 minutes]

  • 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]

  • Whooping Cough (#1003)

    Patient Story: Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious illness that can cause many complications. It's also a disease that can be prevented. Cheri Rae shares the heartbreaking story of how her son's bout with pertussis changed his life. Myth or Medicine: Does everyone with pertussis actually cough with a whoop? Second Opinion 5: Five ways to prevent the spread of Whooping Cough. [26 minutes]

  • Food Allergies (#1004)

    Patient Story: While some food allergies are not that severe, some can be life threatening. Meet Stacy Saiontz, whose son's food allergies changed the way her entire family lives. Myth or Medicine: Are peanut allergies on the rise? Second Opinion 5: Five things everyone should know about food allergies. [26 minutes]

  • Teen Depression (#1005)

    Patient Story: We all want our teens to be happy and carefree, but the reality is that teen depression is a legitimate and life-changing disease. Ellen and Olivia Reardon share their story of how they worked their way through Olivia's depression together. Myth or Medicine: Are antidepressants safe for teenagers? Second Opinion 5: Five signs of teen depression. [26 minutes]

  • High Risk Pregnancy (#1006)

    Patient Story: Many women choose to wait until after the age of 40 to start a family. Lucy Sun shares her very personal story of how she realized that making the decision to wait to conceive brought with it other complicated choices. Myth or Medicine: Do your chances of having twins increase after the age of 40? Second Opinion 5: Five things to call your doctor about in late pregnancy. [26 minutes]

  • Controlling Hypertension (#1007)

    Patient Story: Connie Bentley thought she was doing everything right-she ate well and exercised every day. But like many Americans, her hypertension went untreated-and she almost paid the ultimate price. Myth or Medicine: Does eating salt cause hypertension? Second Opinion 5: Five ways to keep your hypertension in check. [26 minutes]

  • C. Difficile (#1008)

    Patient Story: When the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C.diff) grows out of control in your intestines, you can become very sick with what is commonly known as C. diff. Lois Joseph shares her painful story of living with C. diff and how she ultimately overcame this horrible illness. Myth or Medicine: Is C. diff only acquired in healthcare settings? Second Opinion 5: Five ways to prevent contracting C. diff. [26 minutes]

  • 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 watched her mother die of Hepatitis C, the very same disease she has, and is in the fight of her life against. Myth or Medicine: Can you contract Hepatitis C from a mosquito bite? Second Opinion 5: Five reasons to get tested for Hepatitis C. [26 minutes]

  • 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 the darkest days of her addiction to her recovery. Myth or Medicine: Do pain medications lead to addiction? Second Opinion 5: Five signs of opioid pain medication abuse. [26 minutes]

  • Sleep Apnea (#1103)

    Patient Story: Symptoms that arise from sleep disorders may not immediately be recognized as being caused by sleep problems. Meet Carol Hage Wall who initially didn't believe her struggles were related to sleep, but found relief and recovery from successful treatment. Myth or Medicine: If your child snores, should s/he have his/her tonsils out? Second Opinion 5: Five tips to help you sleep well. [26 minutes]

  • Childhood Cancer (#1104)

    Patient Story: Few things are as sad or shocking than to hear of a child diagnosed with cancer. While these children fight for their lives, doctors and researchers fight for research dollars to find new, desperately needed treatments. Christine Kelly Marquino's son Danny is in his third cancer protocol, and while he battles each recurrence, his family truly lives as a "cancer family." Myth or Medicine: Are new cancer treatments safe for children? Second Opinion 5: Five things to do when a child is diagnosed with cancer. [26 minutes]

  • Advances In Alzheimer's Disease (#1105)

    Patient Story: Recent medical studies raise the possibility of blood tests capable of predicting who is at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Joanne Mee DeHond shares her mother's struggles with Alzheimer's and the questions that linger regarding her mother's care and her own health. Myth or Medicine: Can getting the flu vaccine increase the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease? Second Opinion 5: Five warning signs of dementia. [26 minutes]

  • Medical Marijuana (#1106)

    Patient Story: As more states make the use of medical marijuana legal, doctors and lay people alike question its use, its efficacy and the amount of research being done to help prove it is safe to treat certain conditions. Meet Beverly McClain who uses medical marijuana to help with her symptoms caused by the treatment she is receiving for Stage IV breast cancer. Myth or Medicine: Do the therapeutic benefits of smoking marijuana outweigh the health risks to your lungs? Second Opinion 5: Five things you may not know about medical marijuana. [26 minutes]

  • 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 negative impact on him for many years. He shares his personal story and learns about new options that could restore his quality of life. Myth or Medicine: Should you take it easy and avoid exercise after joint replacement surgery? Second Opinion 5: Five things to think about when considering joint replacement. [26 minutes]

  • 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 Medicine: Is slow and steady weight loss better than losing weight rapidly? Second Opinion 5: Five dietary changes you can make right now to improve your health. [26 minutes]

  • 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 and frightening symptoms, his doctor is put to the test to find the cause and get him the treatment he desperately needs. Myth or Medicine: Are more medical tests likely to lead to a more accurate diagnosis? Second Opinion 5: Five things you can do to help your doctor diagnose you. [26 minutes]

  • 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 disease and travel medicine doctors will use Nancy's case as a springboard to discuss disease transmission, diagnosis, treatment, drug and vaccine research and development, and what the Ebola crisis in West Africa means to its citizens, and to America. [26 minutes]

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