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.
Addiction to Pain Medications (#1102) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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 2, 2015 -- 4:30am
- KQED World: Thu, Apr 2, 2015 -- 10:30am
Sleep Apnea (#1103) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Childhood Cancer (#1104) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Advances In Alzheimer's Disease (#1105) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Medical Marijuana (#1106) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Knee Replacement (#1107) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Food As Medicine (#1108) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Mystery Diagnosis III (#1109) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (#1110) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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 wrong for Bob Schmit, his girlfriend was there to save his life. Myth or Medicine: Is vigorous or high intensity exercise bad for the heart? Second Opinion 5: Five things you can do if you witness a cardiac arrest.