Can we talk about our collective weight for a second? Donald Trump engaged in a now-famous case of "fat shaming" when he publicly mocked Alicia Machado, the 1996 Miss Universe. Machado went from, in her words, a bony 117 pounds to roughly 160 over the year after her win. Trump blasted her for not being able to control her eating, and asked television cameras to film her working out.

Experts say three things: first, Machado was not nearly as big as Trump claimed. Second, fat shaming does not work, and tends to lead people to become more isolated. Third, we need to collectively lose weight, and it's worth talking about constructive ways to do exactly that. So what DOES work? And what can we learn from this sad episode? Our guests:

To detect concussion, how about wearable technology? We examine the latest developments aimed at helping users avoid extended risk after brain injury. How does it work? Who's using it now? Our guests:

  • Dr. Jeff Bazarian, professor of emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, and public health sciences at URMC
  • Scott Featherman, business development manager at BlackBox Biometrics, Inc.

A program designed to provide job opportunities in the health care field to low-income people is making headway in Rochester.

That was the message Thursday from various officials, including those with Action for a Better Community which is helping administer the program for Health Professional Opportunity Grants.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced the $1.6 million grant last year, and she says it provides training for people in a variety of health care positions. 

In this episode of Second Opinion LIVE, we focus on headaches: from migraines, to tension headaches, to stress headaches, and more. We discuss diagnosis and new treatments with our guests:

  • Lou Papa, M.D., primary care physician at Olsan Medical Group, and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Joseph Mann, M.D., physician at Greater Rochester Neurology, and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center

A generation ago, April would mark the start of schools’ baseball and softball season – but for many young athletes today, the season lasts all year long as they compete for positions on their school teams, club teams, and shoot for the slim chance at a collegiate scholarship. Parents feel the strain, too: running kids to multiple games on the same weekend day, and feeling the pressure to keep kids in one sport all year round.

Middle school and high school athletes whose bones and muscles have not fully formed yet run the risk of doing serious damage to their bodies. Some are requiring surgery at a young age. So what should the limits be? Our guests:

  • Dr. Michael Maloney, professor in the department of orthopedics, UR Medicine
  • Dr. Katie Rizzone, assistant professor in the departments of orthopedics, and rehabilitation and pediatrics, UR Medicine
  • Hayleigh Palotti, sophomore at Livonia High School and a cross country runner
  • Charlie Siragusa, student at McQuaid Jesuit High School and a volleyball player
  • Jessica Siragusa, sophomore at Mercy High School, and volleyball player and track athlete
  • Lisa Siragusa, Charlie and Jessica's mom

Mothers of young men and women addicted to heroin are frustrated with the way insurance companies view the plights of their children. A growing group of mothers is arguing for more consistent coverage from insurance companies, as their children try to overcome their addictions and save their own lives.

The moms have put together a community forum to help family members deal with the industry. On Connections, they share their struggles while we discuss options for families in need.

Our guests include parents Donna Rose, Kathy Miller, Becky Baker, and Avi Israel

Connections: Healthy Friday - Open Enrollment Update

Dec 19, 2014

We get updates on what is happening the second open enrollment period of the New York State of Health Marketplace with our guests:

  • Christine Wagner, Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood center
  • Shannon Kelly, Health Insurance Assister, Trillium Health
  • Jeff Welcher, Account Consultant, Bene-Care

We had a lively discussion on single payer healthcare on Tuesday. During that time, the question of Canadian health care came up. It just so happens that a very highly regarded Rochester pediatrician and primary care physician is moving her family (husband and three kids) to Canada in April. Dr. Emily Queenan says she is tired of fighting paperwork just to see fewer patients. She'll explain her reasoning and talk about the differences between the United States and Canada, and her issues with Obamacare. 

Insurer Drops Medicaid in 6 Western New York Counties

Aug 5, 2014

A major Western New York insurer has informed the Department of Health of its intention to stop offering three low-income health coverage programs to 53,000 members.

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York recently announced plans to discontinue administration of Medicaid Managed Care, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus in Allegany, Orleans, Wyoming, and three other counties.

The health insurer says a gap in the state’s Medicaid repayment structure led to $40 million in losses over the last 3 years.


Advocates say protections for insurance consumers in New York State are stronger than in many other states.

New York residents can view proposed insurance rate changes on the Department of Financial Services website.

Vice President for Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society of New York, Elisabeth Benjamin says many other states have a process that is less transparent.

Consumer advocates across the country say a process that is open to insurance consumer review is the model for states to follow.