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1.

Art of Diagnosis [electronic resource]

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? (27 minutes)
Online
2009
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Bariatric Surgery [electronic resource]

Two-thirds of Americans are obese. Some people call it an epidemic. While diets and pills fail, gastric bypass surgery has swept the nation as the magic bullet for weight loss. Is this solution as simple as it seems? Second Opinion takes and in-depth look at the pros and cons of this surgery.
Online
2006
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Breast Reconstruction [electronic resource]

Treatment for breast cancer can be both physically and emotionally overwhelming. While having reconstructive surgery is a personal choice, knowing the options can help patients better prepare for the future.
Online
2010
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Caregiver Burnout [electronic resource]

While family caregivers give of themselves out of love, there are real physical, emotional and financial costs associated with caregiving. As we live longer and caregiving becomes a bigger issue in the U.S., learn what can be done to help our caregiving community.
Online
2008
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Celiac Disease [electronic resource]

Nearly three million Americans suffer from celiac disease, a hereditary, autoimmune digestive disorder which is difficult to diagnose. Discover how a gluten-free diet (no wheat, rye, or barley) results in greatly improved health for those suffering from this disease.
Online
2010
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Geriatric Oncology [electronic resource]

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.
Online
2012
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Female Sexual Dysfunction [electronic resource]: Second Opinion

Sexual response is influenced by biological, social, psychological and cultural factors. Led by Dr. Peter Salgo, panelists discuss whether and how doctors address sexuality within patient care. Their discussion includes the case study for this week, 58-year-old Dora, who has lost interest in sex.
Online
2009
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Hip Fracture [electronic resource]

A hip fracture caused by a fall is a great fear and a reality for our aging population. Getting treatment and proper rehabilitation is key to getting mobility and independence back after a fall.
Online
2009
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Inflammation [electronic resource]

Research indicates that inflammation underscores a significant percentage of heart disease, and some professionals believe that it may be the source of many complications of aging. Our panelists explore the relationship between inflammation and disease, and what new treatments lie ahead.
Online
2007
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Kidney Stones [electronic resource]

Some say passing a kidney stone is more painful than childbirth. People have been suffering from kidney stones since the beginning of time, and the incidents continue to rise. What are kidney stones, how are they treated, and more importantly, can they be prevented? (27 minutes)
Online
2006
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Late Effects of Cancer Treatment [electronic resource]

Treatment of cancer involves the use of strong drugs that target cancer cells with the goal of curing the patient. Often, however, these life-saving treatments can leave a wake of long-term physical and mental side effects that patients may not be prepared for. Once treatment is over, follow-up care is critical.
Online
2010
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Pelvic Organ Prolapse [electronic resource]

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.
Online
2011
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Drug Overdose—Second Opinion

Only two months after their son Patrick died of a heroin overdose, Mary and Joe Mullin courageously share their story. They tell their very personal experience of Patrick’s decline into opioid use, and then heroin addiction, and his treatment. They talk about Patrick’s ups and downs and his relapses. The panel of experts then discusses the drug epidemic in the US and offers timely, actionable information about prevention and treatment.
Online
2019; 2017
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Atrial Fibrillation—Second Opinion

Unsure of the cause of his racing heart and extreme fatigue, Joel Dittman was finally diagnosed with a very common disorder, atrial fibrillation. As he shares his story, medical experts discuss the treatments that are available to help people with this condition lead full and active lives.
Online
2019; 2017
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Diabetes and Value-Based Care—Second Opinion

Almost 30 million people in the US have Type II Diabetes. It is a disease where lifestyle changes like a healthy diet, exercise, as well as medication compliance and monitoring can greatly improve symptoms. Not many people do as well as Mark Lee, who turned his life around completely after his diagnosis. His story is an inspiration to those who struggle every day with controlling their diabetes. We also answer the question of whether Type II Diabetes can be cured, and discuss five ways to control diabetes.
Online
2019; 2015
16.

Pancreatic Cancer—Second Opinion

A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is devastating both for patients and their family. This cancer is often only caught in its advanced stage, when survival rates are much lower. Peter Suess was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer more than 5 years ago, and the story of his ongoing treatment and survival is one of hope and inspiration. We also answer whether pancreatic cancer a death sentence, and outline five ways to support someone with cancer.
Online
2019; 2015
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Endometriosis—Second Opinion

More than 10 million women in the US struggle with endometriosis. We meet Ruta Biteman, who shares the story of the pain she experienced throughout her life, and the challenges that she went through to get effective care, help, and hope.
Online
2019; 2016
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Preventative Cancer Screening—Second Opinion

More than half a million people in the US die of cancer each year, so it is no surprise that we want to catch and treat it early. For some cancers, preventive screenings are readily available, but how do we decide who should be screened? Rose Arp has no family history of cancer, but as she turns 50, she wants to know from the experts what screenings she should be getting. We answer whether an annual mammogram can cause breast or thyroid cancer, and outline the five greatest risk factors for cancer.
Online
2019; 2015
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Hospital Delirium—Second Opinion

While caring for her mother, Donna Smith learned about hospital delirium for the first time. The family worked closely with her mother's medical team to get her out of bed, and eventually getting her placed in a rehab center. Hospital delirium is a grossly misunderstood issue in ICUs across the US, but Donna and the medical experts delve into the topic in a way that will help countless people who are unaware of the issue. Although the story has a sad ending, the information shared will help others face these challenges.
Online
2019; 2017
20.

Psychosis—Second Opinion

Schizoaffective disorder is a form of psychosis and a mental illness in which a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms. People affected often have hallucinations or delusions, as well as mood disorder symptoms such as mania or depression. We meet Lynne Fisher, whose life was turned upside down by the onset of this illness, as she battled through five years of symptoms to find a treatment plan that enables her to live a constructive and happy life. We answer whether people with serious mental illness more prone to violence, and outline five reasons to consult a mental health professional.
Online
2019; 2015