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.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) (#1111) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Patient Story: Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a debilitating mental disorder that can occur after a terrifying event. It was first brought to attention by returning war veterans, many of whom had been wounded in battle. Zachary Bell, former U.S. Marine, shares his story of horror in Afghanistan and his battle to regain his mental health after serving our country. Myth or Medicine: Can PTSD only be caused when someone has a physical injury? Second Opinion 5: Five signs that you may have PTSD.
Special Edition: Ebola (#1112) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Hepatitis C (#1101) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
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.
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.