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Second Opinion

Conversion Disorder (#906)

Go beyond the headlines to understand the condition known as conversion disorder, where physical symptoms cannot be explained by traditional medical evaluation. Hear from leading experts who are successfully treating this disorder and Danielle Kerr, a young athlete who is overcoming the challenges of this rare condition. [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

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Series Description: 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.

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  • Whooping Cough (#1003)

    Patient Story: Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious illness that can cause many complications. It's also a disease that can be prevented. Cheri Rae shares the heartbreaking story of... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Food Allergies (#1004)

    Patient Story: While some food allergies are not that severe, some can be life threatening. Meet Stacy Saiontz, whose son's food allergies changed the way her entire family lives. Myth or... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Teen Depression (#1005)

    Patient Story: We all want our teens to be happy and carefree, but the reality is that teen depression is a legitimate and life-changing disease. Ellen and Olivia Reardon share their story of... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Grief (#901)

    After a loss, grief is the natural process of recovery. From losing a job to the death of a loved one, it is important to learn how to process feelings in a healthy way. A panel of experts is... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Geriatric Oncology (#902)

    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... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Foot Pain (#903)

    Foot pain can simply be annoying, or it can significantly impact quality of life. David Heller has lived with foot pain for many years and he talks about his journey to find a treatment that works.... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

  • Foodborne Illness (#904)

    E. Coli is one of several dangerous foodborne pathogens that can cause severe illness and even death. Learn from experts how to protect yourself from foodborne illness, which is often referred to... [26 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

Past Episodes

These episodes of Second Opinion aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.

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