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Second Opinion

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] 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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    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... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • 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... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • 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... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • 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... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • 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

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