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We’re joined by journalist, author, and former “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden. Lunden is the new host of WXXI’s nationally distributed medical talk show, “Second Opinion,” and she’s in Rochester this week shooting this season’s episodes.

We talk to her about her career in broadcasting, the state of journalism in 2020, her new book on aging, and about what’s on tap for “Second Opinion,” which airs in 2021. Our guest:

  • Joan Lunden, journalist, author, former co-host of “Good Morning America,” and current host of “Second Opinion”

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Award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and women's health & wellness advocate, Joan Lunden, has been named host of Second Opinion, public television’s Emmy-nominated national healthcare series.

Produced by WXXI Public Media, in partnership with the University of Rochester Medical Center, the weekly television program engages viewers across the country as they watch doctors and patients talk through a variety of health issues. With Lunden as the new host, the series will now be called Second Opinion with Joan Lunden.

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As part of the ongoing effort to stem the heroin and opioid crisis, a number of service providers are getting together Monday to offer support for people who are struggling with addiction and their families.

The Monroe County Heroin Task Force is hosting the outreach event, along with Rochester Regional Health and several local recovery groups and agencies. 


A prominent cardiologist and researcher based in Rochester has died.  Dr. Arthur Moss died on Wednesday at the age of 86.

Moss  is credited with saving thousands of lives, during a career that spanned six decades.

Officials at the University of Rochester Medical Center say he made some of the most significant and long-lasting discoveries in the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac death.

Heart disease affects 27.6  million American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We talk about common conditions, treatment, heart-healthy diets, and more. Our guests:

  • Dr. John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, and director of outpatient services in the Division of Cardiology, and director of the Comprehensive Hypertension Center at the University of Rochester
  • Dr. Rebecca Shallek, M.D., cardiologist in the Department of Cardiology at Highland Hospital, and senior instructor of clinical medicine in cardiology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

The FTC recently adopted a new policy on homeopathic remedies. The makers of such products will have to provide reliable evidence for any health claims, if they want to sell them in American markets. This means that many homeopathic products could be finished in U.S. stores, because there is essentially no peer-reviewed evidence that homeopathy provides any medical benefit. In fact, Australia's governing medical body recently instructed doctors to stop prescribing homeopathic products, and has instructed pharmacies to stop selling them.

 So why is homeopathy so popular? Our guests will talk about homeopathy versus actual medicine, and how the science/medical community can do a more effective job communicating with the general public. Our guests:

  • Dr. Steve Cook
  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray

Back by popular demand, this episode of Second Opinion LIVE is "Food: Fact or Fiction."

Our experts answer your questions about food, nutrition, and diet. In studio:

  • Dr. Roger Oskvig, Second Opinion’s chief medical advisor, geriatrician, and professor of clinical medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Lou Papa, regular panelist on Second Opinion, professor of clinical medicine, and partner in Olsan Medical Group, Center for Primary Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center

In this special episode of Second Opinion LIVE, we talk about Down Syndrome. One in every 691 babies in the U.S. is born with Down Syndrome, making it the most common genetic condition. Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down Syndrome, and about 6,000 babies are born with the condition each year.

Kids with Down Syndrome face unique challenges as they transition from childhood to adulthood. We talk to a mother and son, and a pediatrician about what caregivers can do to help young people with Down Syndrome successfully transition into adult life. Our guests:

  • Valerie Rosenhoch, Down Syndrome advocate, and David’s mom
  • David Rosenhoch, self-advocate
  • Dr. Stephen Sulkes, professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center

This hour of Connections is part of the Second Opinion LIVE webcast series and also WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, spotlighting issues related to disabilities. The WXXI Inclusion Desk is part of Move to Include, a partnership to encourage thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently-abled.

In this month's episode of Second Opinion LIVE, we talk about good bugs versus bad bugs. Although bacteria in your body are microscopic, they can cause big problems or contribute to good health.

Our guest is Dr. Shahzad Mustafa, who is a part of the allergy and clinical immunology team at Rochester Regional Health System and also is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry.

It's Second Opinion LIVE! Did you have a reaction to penicillin when you were a child, and now have a “Penicillin Allergy” sticker on your medical chart? Have you ever thought about getting re-tested as an adult to see if you are truly allergic?

Our guest, Dr. Allison Ramsey, suggests that there are good personal and public health reasons to be re-tested, and also safe ways. Having an allergy label to antibiotics, local anesthesia, IV contrast and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs all affect the care you receive.