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Second Opinion

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] 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 makes breathing difficult, but treatment can help patients. [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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  • Hpv Vaccine/Cervical Cancer (#711)

    Learn more about the vaccine that offers protection from several of the most dangerous types of HPV.. [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]

  • 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]

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