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Friday, October 7 at 10 p.m. Second Opinion

(Rochester, NY)Second Opinion: Taking Charge of Your Healthcare returns with a new season that promises to ignite some of the most open, yet credible medical conversations found to date. In each episode, Emmy award-winning veteran host Dr. Peter Salgo presents a medical mystery to a panel of experts that must identify the ailment and present the best diagnosis. Produced by WXXI, University of Rochester Medical Center, and West 175 Productions, season eight kicks off Friday, October 7 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011/11), and on more than 250 PBS stations across the country.

This season includes a diverse group of topics, including the controversy over whether sugar is bad for your health, psoriasis, medical radiation, autism, and pneumonia – which was the series’ 100th episode. Each panel consists of three specialists, a primary care physician, a patient diagnosed with the condition, and an expert in doctor-patient communication. Panelists are not allowed to review the case file before the cameras roll, which keeps the conversation authentic — mirroring the doctor-patient exchanges that occur across America every day.

The series’ principal medical advisor is Dr. Roger Oskvig, an acknowledged leader in Gerontology and associate professor of medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center, and the inaugural recipient of the 2011 WXXI President’s Award. The award is given to a community partner that exemplifies the spirit of collaboration toward the WXXI mission, makes a contribution to WXXI programming and demonstrates exceptional commitment, creativity and leadership. Second Opinion’s executive producers are Elissa Orlando and Elizabeth Brock. Fiona Willis is the series producer. Second Opinion is endorsed by both the American Hospital Association and the Association of Academic Health Centers.
In addition to the weekly broadcast, Second Opinion engages and educates viewers online through a comprehensive web site at www.SecondOpinion-tv.org. The site includes short companion "webisodes" on many of the episodes, plus in-depth background on numerous diseases and conditions. Second Opinion also sends out program highlights via Facebook and Twitter.

The series has earned five Communicator Awards, eight Bronze Telly Awards, a Gold Award from the World Wide Web Health Awards for Patient Education Information, and a Gold Aurora Award. The series is distributed by American Public Television.

Second Opinion is made possible in part by support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), which has been the major funder since the series’ inception in 2004.

Pictured: Second Opinion host Dr. Peter Salgo



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