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How can doctors better communicate with their patients, especially when they need to discuss the prognosis of a serious illness? That's the subject of an upcoming lecture at the Rochester Academy of Medicine.

We preview that talk with our guests:

  • Dr. Ronald Epstein, M.D., professor of family medicine, psychiatry, and oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Robert Horowitz, M.D., chief and professor of palliative care in the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Have you ever felt like your doctor had no time for you? Or that, when you finally had time with a doc, you felt rushed and unheard? Dr. Ron Epstein's new book aims to change all of that. It's called Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity. But what is mindfulness in a medical setting? Dr. Epstein says that the best doctors have it, and it allows them to connect with their patients in meaningful, human contexts. That's the difference between drumming through a routine, and listening long enough to realize that a shoulder pain might be something more sinister.

Dr. Epstein joins us to work through ways doctors can train themselves to be present, and connect with their patients -- raising the quality of care for everyone.

In this Move to Include conversation, we explore how Rochester has become a town more welcoming to people living with Parkinson's Disease. From diagnosis to research to resources, we cover it all. Our guests:

  • Dennis Whitney, president of the National Parkinson Foundation of Greater Rochester, and the primary caregiver for his wife
  • Bill Carpenter, board member for the foundation and the caregiver for his wife
  • Flo Dorsey, living with Parkinson's Disease
  • Michelle Burack, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center

In this episode of Second Opinion LIVE, we take an in-depth look at the pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals (supplements) that we are putting in our body. We discuss how we take them, if all are created equally, and if they are really making us healthier. Our guests:

  • Roger Oskvig, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and geriatrician at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Lisa Kuras, PharmD, clinical staff pharmacist at Highland Hospital