Second Opinion LIVE!

Second Opinion LIVE!

Episodes

  • Gifts From the Poor: Practicing in the Poorest Parts of the World

    Jul 1, 2013 | 30 min
    Hosted by: Michael Greenberg, MD and Matthew Birnholz, MD Guest: Glenn Geelhoed Dr. Glenn Geelhoed is a marathoner, photographer, and big game hunter, who has been on over 200 international medical missions to developing countries, and helped broker peace between warring Sudanese tribes. He talks with Second Opinion Live hosts Dr. Michael Greenberg and Dr. Matthew Birnholz about what he has learned from his patients in the poorest parts of the world about doing more with fewer resources. Plus: medical oddities, and conflicting research on sodium.
  • Alzheimer's Disease and the Key to Finding Better Treatments

    Jan 9, 2012 | 32 min
    Hosted by: Michael Greenberg, MD and Matthew Birnholz, MD Guests: Shellie Williams, Reed Tuckson Currently more than 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, a number that could triple by 2050 unless advances are made in early detection, treatments and prevention. Second Opinion Live hosts Dr. Michael Greenberg and Dr. Matt Birnholz discuss the many benefits for patients who receive an early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, one of which is the ability to participate in a clinical trial, with guest Dr. Shellie Williams from The University of Chicago Medical Center and the Alzheimer's Association. Our Second Opinion Live hosts also discuss the latest national survey on the s...
  • In the Pink? Examining Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns

    Dec 26, 2011 | 30 min
    Hosted by: Michael Greenberg, MD and Matthew Birnholz, MD Guest: Gayle Sulik Pink ribbon campaigns have been highly successful in rallying recognition and funding around breast cancer. But our guest thinks the cheerful image of such campaigns whitewashes realities of the disease, both in terms of statistics and patient experiences. Plus: Warnings about the drug cocktail known as “bath salts,” and a novel innovation for biomarking GI ailments with color.
  • Facts, Myths, and Computer Overlords

    Aug 8, 2011 | 31 min
    Hosted by: Michael Greenberg, MD and Matthew Birnholz, MD Guests: Sanjiv Chopra, Herbert Chase Hosts Dr. Matt Birnholz and Dr. Michael Greenberg talk to Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, faculty dean of continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School and co-author of the book Doctor Chopra Says: Medical Facts & Myths Everyone Should Know, about medical research that changes so fast even physicians can't keep up. And, "Jeopardy!" contestant Ken Jennings said that he, for one, welcomed "our new computer overlords." What about a computer physician's assistant? Dr. Birnholz caught up with Dr. Herbert Chase, professor of clinical medicine in biomedical informatics at Columbia University College of Physic...
  • View From the Other Side: The Doctor as Patient

    May 30, 2011 | 31 min
    Hosted by: Michael Greenberg, MD and Matthew Birnholz, MD Guests: Alan Roberts, James Levine Dr. Matt Birnholz hosts this program solo, as his co-host, Dr. Michael Greenberg, recovers from knee surgery. This week, Dr. Birnholz considers what the physician learns when he finds himself in the position of the patient. This week's program includes an interview with Dr. Alan Roberts, author of the memoir Hot Flashes in a Cold World: My Struggle to Be a Husband a Doctor and a Man in the Face of Prostate Cancer. Also: Dr. James Levine joins us to talk about his inactivity studies at the Mayo Clinic; plus, the Brain Observatory at UCSD, and more.
  • Follow-Up on Japan: Assessing Radiation and Mental Health Threats

    Apr 4, 2011 | 30 min
    Hosted by: Michael Greenberg, MD and Matthew Birnholz, MD Guests: John D. Boice, Tsuyoshi Akiyama, Evelyn J. Bromet This rebroadcast of the March 30th program continues analysis of the health issues in Japan following that country’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear crisis, with a focus on two key healthcare issues— radiation danger and mental health. Our guests include an American radiation epidemiolgist and psychiatric epidemiologist, and a psychiatrist working in Japan with the Japanese Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, the equivalent to the American Psychological Association.
  • Assessing the Disasters in Japan

    Mar 21, 2011 | 30 min
    Hosted by: Michael Greenberg, MD and Matthew Birnholz, MD Guests: Susan Briggs, Makoto Iwahara, John Howe This program was originally broadcast live on March 16, 2011, and focuses on putting into context the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent ever-changing nuclear crisis in Japan, from a healthcare perspective. Our guests discuss by phone the current medical needs, disaster management issues, and the Japanese healthcare system's readiness. Donations can be made to the relief effort through a variety of organizations, including the Japanese Medical Society of America, at www.jmsa.org.
  • The Fine Art of Extraction & Other Remarkable Undertakings

    Feb 21, 2011 | 30 min
    Hosted by: Michael Greenberg, MD and Matthew Birnholz, MD Guests: Mary Cappello, Joseph Kim Second Opinion Live looks at the future of robotics in medicine, with Dr. Joseph Kim; the naming of famous murmurs; and the pioneering work of endoscopist Dr. Chevalier Jackson, the subject of author Mary Cappello's book Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them (The New Press, 2010).
  • Ah-Choo! Second Opinion Gets Up Close to the Common Cold

    Feb 7, 2011 | 30 min
    Hosted by: Michael Greenberg, MD and Matthew Birnholz, MD Guest: Jennifer Ackerman On this week's program, hosts Dr. Matthew Birnholz and Dr. Michael Greenberg welcome Jennifer Ackerman, author of Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of the Common Cold, to talk about the history of what we know about this most successful human pathogen. Plus, the "nudge": Britain's new kinder, gentler approach to public health. Is nudging better than legislation to persuade people to engage in healthier behaviors? Or do we need more of a shove than a nudge? What should the government do to foster the public health?
  • Anniversary Report From Haiti & an Alzheimer's Milestone

    Jan 24, 2011 | 30 min
    Hosted by: Matt Birnholz Guests: Anthony Alessi, Robert J. Egge Dr. Anthony Alessi reports from Haiti, making his fifth trip there to mark the one-year anniversary of the magnitude 7 earthquake that precipitated a massive humanitarian and health crisis in that already-beleagured country. Also, Robert Egee, vice president of public policy and advocacy at the Azheimer's Association, introduces the recently signed landmark National Alzheimer's Project Act. Gary Epstein sits in for the vacationing Dr. Michael Greenberg, alongside host Dr. Matthew Birnholz.

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