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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.