Fast-paced and provocative, this series focuses on health literacy in an engaging, entertaining and accessible way. It 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.
Second Opinion Previous Broadcasts
Childhood Cancer (Episode #1104)
KQED World: Thu, Apr 27, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
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.
- KQED World: Thu, Apr 27, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
Rosacea (Episode #1203)
KQED World: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
Patient Story: Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness in the face and often develops into small red, pus-filled bumps. For many, rosacea is an embarrassing condition that causes psychological symptoms, as well as physical ones. Although there is no cure for rosacea, there are some treatments which can control the symptoms, and knowing the triggers is key to preventing episodes. Meet Barb Ficarra, who has been dealing with rosacea for many years while living an active life with a demanding professional career. Myth or Medicine: Does caffeine cause rosacea flare-ups? Second Opinion 5: Five common skin conditions that affect the face, and how to treat them.
Sleep Apnea (Episode #1103)
KQED World: Thu, Apr 20, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
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.
- KQED World: Thu, Apr 20, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Episode #1202)
KQED World: Sat, Apr 15, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
Patient Story: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating chronic disease that has a significant impact on a person's quality of life. Because the cause is unknown, effective treatment is still out of reach for many patients. Danielle Warner's description of battling CFS every day is a heartbreaking one, as she longs for her once active and vibrant life. Her husband and caregiver, Tyrone, joins Danielle as they share the story of their life, and their uncertain future. Myth or Medicine: Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a psychiatric disorder? Second Opinion 5: Five things to know about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Addiction to Pain Medications (Episode #1102)
KQED World: Thu, Apr 13, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
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.
- KQED World: Thu, Apr 13, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
C-Sections (Episode #1201)
KQED World: Sat, Apr 8, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
Patient Story: An estimated 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and many moms have specific hopes for how their labor should go. Our patient Anna Sproul-Latimer shares the story of her high-risk pregnancy and the choices she made for the birth of her son. Myth or Medicine: Is preeclampsia cured at delivery? Second Opinion 5: Five things to know when considering your delivery options.
Hepatitis C (Episode #1101)
KQED World: Thu, Apr 6, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
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.
- KQED World: Thu, Apr 6, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
Endometriosis (Episode #1310)
KQED World: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
More than 10 million women in the U.S. struggle with Endometriosis. Patient Ruta Biteman shares her journey of the pain she experienced throughout her life, and the challenges that she experienced in getting effective care, help, and hope.