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Saturday, October 3 at 3 p.m. – Second Opinion: Taking Charge of Your Healthcare

(Rochester, NY) WXXI’s national healthcare series, Second Opinion: Taking Charge of Your Healthcare launches its sixth season with its premiere episode, Stroke Intervention, airing Saturday, October 3 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11). With fascinating new topics such as “HIV in Later Life,” “The Art of Diagnosis,” and “Anxiety Disorder,” the show engages a panel of medical professionals and lay people in honest, in-depth discussions about life-changing medical decisions. Second Opinion airs Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

The series is hosted by nationally acclaimed Dr. Peter Salgo, who maintains a full-time practice in Intensive Care Medicine in the Open Heart ICU at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Salgo presents intriguing, real-life, medical cases to teams of medical professionals from every medical specialty and every part of the country. The experts grapple with diagnosis and treatment options, giving viewers an understanding of complex health issues and access to accurate medical information. 

Second Opinion is fast moving and provocative. It shows the conversations doctors are having about their patients when their patients aren't there.The lay people on the panel put viewers inside these conversations, giving them a voice in medical discussions.

Second Opinion's October episodes include:

Stroke Intervention (10/3): In stroke treatment, time is critical in saving brain cells. Knowing the signs of a stroke and getting the best treatment available is vital to reaching full recovery. Acting fast can help save a loved ones life.

COPD (10/10): Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive disease that makes breathing difficult.  But there is more hope for patients than ever.  Proper treatment of COPD with medication and lifestyle changes can stabilize the disease and help people live active lives.

Female Sexual Dysfunction (10/17): Sexual response is influenced by biological, social, psychological and cultural factors.  Many women with sexual concerns can benefit from treatment that addresses medical and emotional issues. 

Forever Young (10/24): While there is no scientific proof that anti-aging products reverse or stop the process of aging, scientists continue to make inroads in understanding how we age and how we might extend life by focusing on improving the quality of our lives as we age.

Anxiety Disorder (10/31): Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, but when it becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder.  Research is identifying new and improved medical and behavioral therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives. 

Produced by WXXI in association with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and West 175 Productions, and supported by the BlueCross BlueShield Association, Second Opinion is seen on more than 250 PBS stations across the country. Season five the of the series garnered two 2009 Telly Awards and two 2009 Communicator Awards.

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